For the very first time Lightscape is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, as part of Vivid Sydney 2023. This internationally acclaimed multi-sensory...
Queen Elizabeth II Gates
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For the very first time Lightscape is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, as part of Vivid Sydney 2023. This internationally acclaimed multi-sensory experience of light, colour and sound is set to wow visitors. Originally created more than a decade ago, it has become an international sensation, selling out all over the world.
This experience has been developed to enhance the appreciation of Botanic Gardens and the horticultural collections which they hold, allowing you the opportunity to embark on a uniquely curated sensory journey through light and sound, transporting you through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney like you’ve never seen before, in all its wonder, after the gates would normally be closed.
Begin under glowing tree canopies filled with colour, stroll beneath larger-than-life flowers and alongside neon roots bursting from the undergrowth, where shards of light fizz through trees like fireworks. Soak in the soundscape and breath-taking lightworks created by acclaimed local and international artists such as Culture Creative, Mandylights, Novak, Ithaca, TILT and more.
Watch the sensory story unfold and be taken on a journey, as we celebrate the beauty of this picturesque landmark in an after-dark oasis of botanical brilliance.
Bookings are available every day during Vivid Sydney from 5.30pm, with off-peak discounted tickets available options on Mondays and Tuesdays. We recommend planning for a 90 minute visit, in order to experience everything Lightscape has to offer.
The entrance and box office for Lightscape is located at the Queen Elizabeth II Gates which are situated next to the Sydney Opera House forecourt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is included in a Family ticket?
A family ticket admits 4 people. The family can be comprised of either 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children. Children must be aged 12 years and under to be eligible for the family ticket. Children aged 2 years and under are free of charge.
How do I purchase Foundation and Friends member tickets?
Discounted tickets are available to members of the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens. Learn more about membership.
To purchase tickets, please select a time-slot and enter the password provided by Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Only Foundation & Friends members will be admitted with a member’s ticket. Please ensure you bring proof of membership per person when attending Lightscape.
Are there Accessible Tickets for Relaxed Sessions?
Relaxed sessions are for anyone who would benefit from experiencing the event in a more relaxed environment. This can include, but is not limited to, people with autism, sensory sensitivities, Tourette's syndrome, learning disabilities or dementia, as well as people living with mobility challenges, anxiety or people who have experienced trauma.
Relaxed sessions are adapted somewhat while maintaining the creative integrity of the show. In a relaxed session:
- We may make minor changes to sensory elements such as reducing bright lighting or loud noises.
- We ask our ticket holders to have a relaxed attitude to noise and movement.
- The capacity of the event has been considerably reduced.
- You are welcome to bring in, and use, stimming devices.
- You can leave the route at any time and request assistance to be guided to a designated quiet area.
Relaxed sessions are scheduled for:
Wednesday 21st June at 5.30pm
Wednesday 28th June at 5.30pm
Please call Ticketek’s Accessible Line on 1300 665 915 or book accessible session tickets online.
Do you accept Companion Cards?
Yes, holders of a government issued companion card can access a free ticket for their companion. Proof of eligibility will be required upon entry.
Please book these tickets by calling Ticketek’s Accessible Line on 1300 665 915.
Do you take Group Bookings?
Groups of 20+ are eligible for a discount of 10% on Lightscape tickets. If you wish to buy more than 20 tickets for a group, please contact Ticketek online or call 1300 364001.
Can I purchase a Lightscape Gift Voucher?
Yes, you can purchase Lightscape Gift Vouchers here.
If I am delayed and miss my timeslot, can I join a later slot?
Yes. We will accommodate you in the next available timeslot on the same night.
What happens if it's raining?
Lightscape will go ahead in the event of rain or wind, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. If the weather presents a hazard and a risk to safety, the Gardens’ decision to cancel the event will be made at 2pm on the day of the event. You will be notified via email of any cancellation and the re-booking process which will include the ability to book on another day or a refund if this is not possible. Please check our website and social media pages for updates.
How should I dress for this event?
This is an outdoor event, so please come prepared for the elements by wearing appropriate footwear and dressing warmly. Umbrellas are allowed on the trail, but we ask that you are courteous of other patrons when using them. The entire route can be enjoyed mostly from hard-surfaced pathways. There is no cloakroom facilities, so please travel light.
How much time should we allow for this event?
That depends on your pace and how often you stop. However, as a rule, you should allow about 90 minutes to ensure you have enough time to enjoy the full experience.
Should I arrive in advance of my visit time?
It is best not to arrive more than 15 minutes before the entrance time printed on your ticket. Your entry time is a 15-minute window from the time printed on your ticket.
Last entry onto the trail will be allowed 10 minutes after the final advertised timeslot. The event will close 90 minutes after the final advertised timeslot.
Is there parking?
There is no parking on site at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. We suggest using Public Transport.
Will there be bike parking?
There is no bike parking on site at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Bikes are not allowed in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Will there by food and drinks available?
Yes, there will be a range of food on offer at the event. More information on this offer will be available nearer the time. No alcoholic drinks can be brought into the event. As this is a promenade event, please do not bring picnics.
Can I bring a chair?
The experience is designed to be walked through, so no chairs are allowed.
Are there restrooms along the trail?
Yes, there are several areas along the trail that have restrooms for visitors.
Can I take pictures?
Absolutely and we would love you to share them! Be sure to use the hashtags #vividsydney #Lightscape #rbgsydney and #sonymusic and tag @vividsydney and @botanicsydney in your posts on social media. For safety reasons no tripods or monopods will be allowed.
Can I explore other parts of The Botanic Gardens during Lightscape?
No, you must remain on the designated Lightscape trail. Whilst you enjoy Lightscape please stay on the paths unless the stewards advise you otherwise. For your safety and to protect the Gardens, please do not walk in the garden beds or on the lawns.
Are the pathways wheelchair accessible?
The route is designed so that it can be navigated on paths. There are some paths whose gradients are steep and audience members may benefit from assistance.
If the weather conditions prohibit the trail from being fully accessible, for those needing mobility devices (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.), consideration will be made on a case-by-case basis to allow for tickets to be transferred to alternate dates. If you have access requirements, please contact Ticketek online or call 1300 364001 for further enquiries.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, strollers are allowed.
Are pets allowed?
No pets allowed, except for service animals.
Is there white strobe lighting or flashing lighting effects?
Some lighting sequences will include flashing, flickering and pattered effects, however there will be no strobe lighting.
Will smoke or haze effects be used?
Smoke and haze effects may be used in some areas of the trail.
Will the lights affect the animals?
A Fauna Assessment Report has been undertaken by an external ecologist for Lightscape. The recommendations from this report have been incorporated into the planning of the event to minimise any impact on fauna.
Leading events promoter, RGL (Raymond Gubbay Limited), a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has been delivering illuminated trails for over ten years. The chosen partners for national and international heritage and prestigious venues including The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, botanic gardens around the US as well as Parc Floral in Paris and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Each trail is designed specifically to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location, so no two trails are ever the same. www.raymondgubbay.co.uk | FB and IG @rglive1
Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney:
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is Australia’s oldest living scientific institution and is home to an outstanding collection of more than 27,000 plants from around the world. The Garden is also a part of the Australian Institute of Botanical Science. The Institute consists of the physical and virtual scientific collections, research, services, and facilities, and of course, staff at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. The Institute is one of the nation’s premier botanical research organisations and helps to ensure the survival of plants and build more resilient ecosystems for future generations.
Culture Creative is a creative project and production management company based in the UK. The Company works across a wide range of cultural fields including art, sport, heritage, tourism, festivals and events, developing projects from concept to delivery. Since 2013 Culture Creative has worked closely with leading entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd. a division of Sony Music, to create winter light trails at various venues worldwide including Kew Gardens, London and Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York. www.culturecreative.co.uk | FB and IG @culturecreativeltd | Twitter @CCLCreative