Our accessible guide to Vivid Sydney

Connection
Connection

Vivid Sydney warmly welcomes people of all abilities, offering tailored options to ensure all visitors can enjoy the wonder of the festival between 24 May – 15 June. To help you plan ahead and make the most of your visit, we’ve mapped out an itinerary that spotlights the accessible and sensory-friendly events across the Light Walk.

We’ve started at the Circular Quay end of the Vivid Light Walk, but feel free to begin at The Goods Line, Town Hall or Wynyard – whatever suits. Both ends (or beginnings) feature multiple accessible pickup and drop off spots, as well as accessible minibus parking, which is complimentary but must be pre-booked via this link.

While the entirety of the Vivid Light Walk is wheelchair accessible, we’ve also created a street gradient guide on our map to help highlight the easiest route for anyone with accessibility requirements.

Plus, if you have any questions while visiting, Information Kiosks are littered across the Vivid Light Walk, staffed with our knowledgeable, friendly volunteers. This year, we’re delighted to offer the Hidden Disability Sunflower lanyard for the first time, a visual queue for our staff that you might need extra support where needed. If you’d like a lanyard, register here early due to limited availability.

You can also filter Ideas, Music and Food events by accessibility accommodations via our event search page. We also recommend reaching out to the venue directly to inquire about accessibility requests.

Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour

Circular Quay

Across the 23 nights of the festival, this iconic area of Sydney comes to life with innovation and creativity. As one of the busiest sections of the Vivid Light Walk, we’d recommend visiting Circular Quay during quieter times, such as the evenings earlier in the week.

There are two accessible drop-off and pick-up spots in Circular Quay. The first, at Circular Quay East, on the corner of Alfred St and Phillip St, is available Friday-Sunday nights and Monday 10 June. The second is at the Sydney Opera House (which requires a mobility permit to access) and is available seven nights a week. Find a full list of parking and drop off options on our transport page, alongside public transport information.

The lawn in the front of Museum of Contemporary Art is a key accessible viewing area. From there, you'll be able to take in the city skyline and illuminated harbour as well as works like Sea, Sand and Stars on the MCA façade and Lighting of the Sails 2024: Echo by Julia Gutman.

Depending on when you visit, it’s also the perfect spot to take in Love is in the Air, this year’s drone show above the waters of Circular Quay. Or reserve ahead for a spot at House Canteen, right next to the Sydney Opera House for Taste, See, Connect, featuring live music and a pan-Asian menu at a communal table.

While in the area, on 7 June at 7pm, at the nearby Parliament House on Macquarie Street, you can catch a night of science and comedy with the Auslan interpreted AI Will Destroy Humanity: A Future Science Debate.

Sea,Sand and Stars
Sea, Sand and Stars

The Rocks and Walsh Bay

Following the Light Walk along The Rocks to Walsh Bay, you’ll take in a set of three works: "Synthetic Hum(ai)nity", Mutual States and Migrating Light.

For a stair-free route to Circular Quay, simply follow along Hickson Road to the Overseas Passenger Terminal and make sure to see Connection by Angus Muir at Hickson Road Reserve along the way.

There's also an accessible viewing area at Hickson Road Reserve, another great vantage point to take in Lighting of the Sails 2024: Echo by Julia Gutman, as you watch the Sydney Opera House sails transformed by Julia’s incredible projected patchworks of fabric textures.

 

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Connection

Barangaroo

If you're eager to explore the full Vivid Light Walk, continue along to Barangaroo via the waterfront. Otherwise, you can catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Barangaroo Wharf – it’s an unforgettable way to see the city illuminated from the harbour.

Once at Barangaroo, Stargazer Lawn is home to Vivid Light Walk highlight Nest. This larger-than-life circular projection by Leila Jeffreys and Melvin J. Montalban is a Sensory Sensitive installation that portrays the courtship dance of brolgas while exploring our connection to nature. Access the lawn via the lift at The Cutaway, or the accessible stair-free ramp at Wulugul Walk, where you can also catch Encounters Before The Tree, a projection on the eucalyptus trees along Wulugul Walk.

Then, step through Sensory Sensitive installation PORTAL, a towering gateway to an otherworldly experience on the headland before spotting the countless LED candles of Stateless at Nawi Cove.

If you arrive to Barangaroo area early, on Wednesday 29 May, Monday 3 June, Friday 14 June, you can catch an Auslan interpreted session of After The Fact from 6pm.

 

PORTAL
Portal

Darling Harbour

The facade of the Australian National Maritime Museum transforms with BARANI, a moving coming-of-age story told through a unique blend of digital illustration and First Nations iconography. Then, stand in awe of Hika Rakuyo. This stunning holographic light and laser show, projected over Cockle Bay, celebrates the ephemeral beauty of Australian flora.

Next, it’s time to ponder Neuron, a Sensory Sensitive installation and visualisation of our brain’s hidden structures. A short distance away at Tumbalong Park there’s a designated accessibility viewing platform where you can catch some brilliant, free live music for Tumbalong Nights. From there, you can see nearby Neolithic. Please note: this installation features strobe light and might not be suitable for visitors with sensory sensitivities.

While down at Darling Harbour, keep your eyes peeled for the fire sculptures, flame throwers, fire pits and fire barrels of Fireplaces. En route to Vivid Fire Kitchen, on Hay Street, find Poem Booth, your chance to encounter Artificial Intelligence as a poet, with several booths translating visual stimuli into original verse.

Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Wynyard

Descend beneath the city for Dark Spectrum: A New Journey as revellers are enveloped in a multi-sensory adventure of coloured light, sound and connection within the Wynyard Tunnels.  

An epic dance soundtrack, 300 kaleidoscopic lasers, 500 handmade lanterns and over 250 search lights draw you deeper as you move through this all-new kilometre long immersive experience made up of eight different chambers (please note: this is a ticketed event). Please note: this event features intense lighting effects and might not be suitable for those with sensory sensitivities.  

Global Rainbow
Global Rainbow

Once you’ve re-emerged from your underground adventure don’t forget to look up,. Global Rainbow’s fan of rainbow lasers beams out from Sydney Tower for up to 40kms. It’s visible from all vantage points along the Light Walk, a beacon of hope and symbol of our interconnectedness.

While in the area, on 14 June at 6.30pm, you can catch a night of fun and fabulous LGBTQI+ storytelling with the Auslan interpreted Queeries.

The Goods Line

Shining above all the fiery action at Vivid Fire Kitchen, you’ll spot the giant neon letters of Humanity/Humility as they light up the rear wall of the Powerhouse. Not only is it a striking display, but it also serves as a reminder of the importance of both.

As you weave through the Vivid Fire Kitchen’s food trucks, markets stalls and barbecue stands, the fire sculptures, flame throwers, fire pits and fire barrels of Fireplaces will wow you (while keeping you nice and toasty).

We do expect this to be a busy and high-sensory space of smells, light, music and flames.

Vivid Fire Kitchen
Vivid Fire Kitchen

You can explore the full range of parking and drop off spots on our planner map, which also highlights where you can find facilities, accessible viewing areas, ramps, and toilets. A downloadable map will be available closer to the festival. We’ve also created Audio Visual Descriptions for Light works.

For further information on accessibility options around public transport, accessible parking and more, visit our Access and Inclusion page. If you have any specific requirements or questions not covered there, please contact our team at vivid.access@dnsw.com.au or (02) 9931 1190. If you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone, the National Relay Service (NRS) can help you.

Sea, Sand and Stars

Breathe-taking. Whimsical. Profound. Plunge into Guan Wei’s visionary world at the MCA, as his signature iconography illuminates the night. This is the...

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Sea, Sand and Stars by Guan Wei
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Price: Free

Love is in the Air

Concept and direction: Gill MinerviniDrone technology: ATNSoundtrack: Peewee FerrisWhat the world needs now is love, sweet love... and at Vivid Sydney...

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Drone Show Love is in the Air
Location: Circular Quay and the Rocks Price: Free

Taste, See, Connect

Immerse yourself in a world of global flavours, marvel at the Vivid Sydney Light Walk and connect with the festival buzz at House Canteen for Taste, See...

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Taste, See, Connect House Canteen
TIX FROM $49
Location: House Canteen Price: From $49.00

"SYNTHETIC HUM(AI)NITY"

We are standing at a literal, and figurative, crossroads. Looming in front of us is the ASN Clocktower, with its three facades illuminated. Humanity is...

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Synthetic Humanity render
Location: ASN Clock Tower Price: Free

Mutual States

We are our faces. They are a canvas for human emotion and expression. An invitation to connect.Mutual States explores this idea, putting the complexities...

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Mutual States
Location: Cadmans Cottage Price: Free

Migrating Light

Travel through time as you connect with the rich human history of our harbour city.A series of holograms featuring migrants from our past appear before...

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Migrating Light render
Location: Walsh Bay Price: Free

Connection

Step into a canopy thick with countless LED ropes and connect to our shared humanity.As individuals, we are connected by countless invisible threads —...

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Connection light display
Location: Hickson Road Reserve Price: Free

Nest

The dance of the Brolgas surrounds us, as their graceful movement plays out like the unfurling of a ribbon.An expansive circular structure welcomes you...

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Nest
Location: Stargazer Lawn Price: Free

Encounters Before The Tree

See trees (and yourself) in a new way as you gaze at a mesmerising display of nature’s hidden geometry.Throughout history, we’ve always had a special...

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Encounters Before The Tree
Location: Walumil Lawns Price: Free

PORTAL

Experience another dimension of possibility by taking one single step.PORTAL invites you into a surreal, breathtaking moment in time where anything is...

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Portal render
Location: Walumil Lawns Price: Free

Stateless

The flickering light of a candle in the dark. A symbol of hope. Remembrance. The human spirit.This moving and thought-provoking installation features over...

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Stateless render
Location: Nawi Cove Price: Free

After The Fact

React in real time, delve beyond click-bait headlines and understand the world better. Every weeknight of Vivid Sydney, kick back with a drink and watch...

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After The Fact
Location: Rekodo, Barangaroo House Price: Free

BARANI

Step back in time to Warrane, a.k.a Sydney Cove, 500 years ago. A time long before the present-day climate crisis. A time when humans and nature lived...

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Barani
Location: Australian National Maritime Museum Price: Free

Hika Rakuyo

Reflective dark water, brilliant lasers and projections, Japanese philosophy – see Cockle Bay in a new light. This spectacular artwork is a celebration...

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Hika Rakuyo render
Location: Cockle Bay Price: Free

Neuron

Peek inside the most mysterious, powerful, and wonderous structure in the world – your very own brain.Neuron is a motion-triggered light installation...

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Neuron render
Location: Chinese Garden of Friendship forecourt Price: Free

Neolithic

A blaze of lights above. A reverberating beat. A structure both ancient and modern. Welcome to Neolithic. It’s time to dance to the music from nearby...

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Neolithic
Location: Tumbalong Park Price: Free

Fireplaces

Hypnotic and mesmerising, fire brings light and warmth. In 2024, Vivid Sydney explores fire as one of the original sources of light and connection. Find...

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Fireplaces portrait
Location: The Goods Line Price: Free

Vivid Fire Kitchen

It's back and blazing brighter than ever. Vivid Fire Kitchen returns, igniting its new home at The Goods Line with flame-seared street food from around...

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Vivid Fire Kitchen
Location: The Goods Line Price: Free

Poem Booth

Poetry plays with language. Illuminates. It speaks to being human in a way nothing else can, but do you need to be human to write it?Prepare to engage...

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Poem Booth render
Location: Hay Street Price: Free

Global Rainbow

Global Rainbow is a beacon of hope and inclusivity and a guiding light above the Vivid Sydney festivities.A spectrum of light reaches out from the Sydney...

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Global Rainbow
Location: Sydney Tower Price: Free

Queeries

After a sold-out session at Vivid Sydney 2023, Queeries returns with seven of Australia's sharpest and silliest LGBTIQ+ creatives for a night of stories...

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Queeries lineup
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Location: Machine Hall Price: From $20.00

Humanity / Humility

A large, red neon word, Humanity, punctuates the darkness of night at The Goods Line.The sign flickers as if broken, but upon closer inspection we see...

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Humanity / Humility render
Location: Powerhouse Museum Price: Free