Sydney CBD and Surrounds

Short description

It’s all business during the day; smartly dressed office workers bustling along the footpath and taxis zipping down one-way alleys. But at night, the soul of the city awakens and transforms the streets. Unassuming office buildings reveal hidden rooftop bars within, historic laneways pulse with live music and fine dining restaurants serve up cuisine from around the world.

City CBD and Surrounds
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

The CBD is just a few steps from everything central Sydney has to offer – walk to the waterfront at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay; step back in time at The Rocks; stroll through the lush greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park or The Domain; or head for the glittering high rises of Barangaroo.

Branching out from the CBD are some of Sydney’s most diverse and interesting suburbs. Darlinghurst is the heart of the city’s LGBTQIA+ community and home to some of the best after-hours action. Hit up a nightclub along Oxford Street, a small bar in the maze of alleyways or an emerging gallery in a converted warehouse. Redfern and Eveleigh are thriving arts communities with an alternative twist. Ultimo, close to Central Station and Haymarket, is the place for education and ideas with its universities, TAFE, museums and more.

During Vivid Sydney, colourful projections wash central Sydney’s architecture in the glow of lights and vibrant installations pop up in unexpected spaces. Beyond the city’s harbourside heart you’ll find myriad halls, museums and underground spaces humming with music and ideas. 

How to get there: Hop off the train at Town Hall, Wynyard, Martin Place or St James and you’ll be in the middle of the action. The light rail runs from Central Station down George Street all the way to Circular Quay and buses also run regularly into the city from the eastern and western suburbs. The northern end of George Street is a pedestrian thoroughfare, so you can also explore a lot of the CBD on foot.

This is an image of children jumping and enjoying a light installation as part of Vivid Sydney

Light Events

Future Natives

Take flight as you follow these feathered neon friends across the Vivid Sydney Light Walk. Guiding visitors since 2022, Future Natives is a series of stylised...

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Future Natives
Location: Sydney CBD and Surrounds 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

Music Events

Ngulmiya

Immerse yourself in the evocative sound of Arnhem Land’s Ngulmiya for an unforgettable evening of traditional storytelling through song.A Ngulmiya Nundhirribala...

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Ngulmiya headshot
Location: Machine Hall Price: From $54.00

Deerhoof

With special guests: Loose FitDive into the eclectic world of San Francisco indie darlings Deerhoof, as we celebrate over two decades of their groundbreaking...

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Deerhoof live band
Location: Machine Hall Price: From $74.00

Black Milk

With special guest: Mali Jo$eStep into the innovative hip-hop soundscape of Detroit's own Black Milk. Known for his ability to blend a myriad of genres...

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Black Milk musician
Location: Machine Hall Price: From $49.00

WavyLand presents Underscores

Immerse yourself in the electrifying hyper-pop sounds of San Francisco native underscores, brought to you by cutting-edge touring company and social collective...

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WavyLand presents Underscores
Location: Machine Hall Price: From $54.00

CLUB 4A x Eastern Margins

Step beyond the everyday with a brilliant evening of cutting-edge music, performance, and visuals at CLUB 4A x EASTERN MARGINS, fusing music and art to...

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CLUB 4A
Location: Machine Hall Price: From $49.00

Jen Cloher

With special guest: Ella HaberDive into the taut folk rock and introspective narratives of Jen Cloher for a soul-stirring night of exploration and storytelling.Drawing...

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Jen Cloher musician
Location: Machine Hall Price: From $54.00

Ideas Events

A THOUSAND WAYS: An Encounter

You’re seated at a table, opposite a stranger, separated by a glass partition. A stack of instruction cards sits between you. This analog, interactive...

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A THOUSAND WAYS, The Encounter
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Location: State Library of New South Wales Price: From $39.00

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
Sold out
Location: Machine Hall Price: From $20.00

Place Branding Australia

Gather, engage, and explore the importance of local pride and cultural unity at Place Branding Australia. Bringing together experts from Australia and...

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Place Branding Australia
Location: Kimpton Margot Sydney Price: From $550.00

Art After Hours X Vivid Sydney

Art, at its best, reflects who we are. It explores the limits of the human condition. It can even alter our perception of what it means to be human.Explore...

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Art After Hours at Vivid Sydney
Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales Price: Free

Food Events

VividPlace Food Trail

In the tradition of bustling and lively night food markets, Sydney Place and Bulletin Place laneways will be transformed for Vivid Sydney into a pedestrianised...

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VividPlace Food Trail
Location: Ah Toy Lane, Sai Ying Lane Price: Free
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