See Vivid Sydney From The Water

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Many parts of Sydney are very picturesque during the Vivid Sydney festival, an enchanting annual festival of light, music and ideas. This year, why not enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour to enjoy a unique perspective of the festival’s bright lights? Here are some of the best ways to see Vivid Sydney from the water.

Vivid Sydney Ferry

Take a ferry across the Sydney Harbour to see the Vivid Sydney celebrations in a new light and browse the best of the Royal Botanic Garden and Darling Harbour precincts. Board the Manly ferry after dark for a scenic trip with all-encompassing views, or get a dazzling introduction to Lights for the Wild by approaching Taronga Zoo on a ferry. Note: that ferries are expected to be in high demand during the festival, especially on Friday evenings and weekends.

Vivid Sydney Cruise

See the lights of Vivid Sydney in spectacular style on a Vivid Sydney cruise. There are several operators offering nightly cruises of the city’s beautiful lights, with some of them even playing a part in the show.

Vivid Sydney Captain Cook Cruise

Book a trip with Captain Cook Cruises to enjoy dinner on the water with the striking backdrop of Vivid Sydney. Choose between a Vivid Lights cruise, a Great Value Vivid Dinner cruise, or a Premium Dinner cruise. Cruises will run every evening throughout the festival and are part of the Vivid Sydney Harbour lights display.

Tribal Warrior Vivid Sydney Cruise

Be part of Vivid Sydney on a two-hour Tribal Warrior cruise. The newly refurbished Mari Nawi will be decorated with vibrant LED lights as part of the Harbour Lights show. This mesmerising display will use satellite navigation to create a synchronised show of colourfully lit vessels.

Vivid Sydney Vagabond Cruise

Watch the breathtaking Lighting Of The Sails: Audio Creatures in style. Climb aboard a Vivid Sydney Vagabond Cruise for an amazing evening of lights and sound. Various packages are available which can include dinner and access to indoor and outdoor decks to get the best views of the stunning light displays.

Harbourside Vivid Sydney Vantage Spots

Beat the crowds and head to these harbourside vantage spots to enjoy unbeatable views from the water’s edge.

Sydney Opera House

Head to the iconic Sydney Opera House to enjoy awe-inspiring views of Sydney Harbour. An official Vivid Sydney 2017 venue, soak up first-class views of the iconic light display Lighting of the Sails: Audio Creatures. The Sydney Opera House will also be hosting a wide range of Vivid Sydney music events, so be sure to stick around after the show to witness the sparkling harbour illuminations.

Walsh Bay

Walsh Bay is a great harbourside vantage spot. Head to Walsh Bay to see ships of all sizes twinkling with colour for the nightly Harbour Lights display. Get there by taking a walk through The Rocks and exploring the precinct’s installations, or walk along the Barangaroo foreshore for even more harbour views.

Luna Park

Head to Luna Park to discover a lesser-known Vivid Sydney vantage point. Indulge in some old-fashioned romance by going for a ride on the park’s ferris wheel, from where you’ll enjoy amazing views of Sydney’s colourful cityscape.