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

Merivale Presents Press Play

Inspired by the hypnosis of moonlight over the natural world, Merivale presents Press Play – an immersive experience of light and sound taking over the...

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This is an image of the Merivale Presents Press Play installation
Location: The Ivy Price: Free event - registration required

Music Events

Interplanetary Pleasures

Inspired by the bubbling, local jazz scene, Planet Trip Records, Honey Point and 107 Projects bring you a day-time dance party, in a rare and rustic Eveleigh...

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Interplanetary Pleasures
Location: Eveleigh Works Price: From: $20.00

3HARPS \\\ | National Art School

The coastlines of Sydney – deep blue waves, dappled sunlight and crisp sand – inspire this immersive, multi-sensory live music and video experience...

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3HARPS \\\
Location: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School Price: From: $39.00

Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t

Hello Bodies! After a decade of playing within her spiritual access point and avatar – Betty Grumble – performance artist Emma Maye Gibson returns...

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Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t (2022)
Location: Eveleigh Works Price: From: $45.00

Analogue Discogue Listening Bar

Vinyl lovers and audiophiles unite! Welcome to hi-fi dance parties amplified through a vintage sound system hosted by Norm De Plume (Delusions of Grandeur...

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Analogue Discogue Listening Bar
Location: York Lane Price: Free

Corpus Viderum

Be transported to an unearthly realm. This fully improvised, multi-channel performance presents a ‘machine-learning’ reimagining of traditional Gothic...

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Corpus Viderum
Location: Phoenix Central Park Price: Free event - registration required

Boomhouse Jams

BoomChild brings together the talents of eclectic artists and creatives fusing RnB, funk and soul with urban hip hop and dance beats for fresh, raw and...

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Boomhouse Jams
Location: Since I Left You Price: Free

Vivid Sydney Supper Club

Round out your Light Walk experience with the ultimate night cap at the all new Vivid Sydney Supper Club. From 10pm ‘til late on Friday and Saturday...

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Vivid Sydney Supper Club
Location: Mary's Underground Price: From: $54.00

Mantra Collective All Night Long

You're in for an unforgettable ride! Mantra Collective co-founders Telly and Whitecat take you on a six-hour audio-visual odyssey that showcases their...

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Mantra Collective All Night Long (2022)
Location: Civic Hotel Price: From: $25.00

Ideas Events

Vivid Sydney Dinner

Vivid. Soul. Food. This year, we proudly serve up the inaugural Vivid Sydney Dinner in the totally transformed and vivified ivy Ballroom. This feast...

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This is an image of chefs Mike Eggert and Dan Hong who are part of the Vivid Sydney Dinner
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Location: The Ivy Price: From: $256.00

The Business of Baz

“It takes a certain audacity for an Australian director to make a film about an American idol. Then along comes Baz Luhrmann.” (Good Weekend, Sydney...

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The Business of Baz
Location: State Theatre Price: From: $50.00

Sydney Stories

Tickets for this event are sold out but join the waitlist to be the first to know if any further tickets become available.   Over three nights...

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Sydney Stories
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Location: Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas Price: Free event - registration required

STAGES Live Show

For the first time in Sydney, join us for LIVE recording sessions of the STAGES podcast hosted by Peter Eyers. Come and hear from some of Sydney’s leading...

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STAGES
Location: Powerhouse Museum Price: Free event - registration required

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