The Rocks

Vivid Sydney at The Rocks runs from 6pm - 11pm.

The Rocks is essentially the birthplace of modern Sydney. Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobbled laneways, cosy cafes and some of the oldest pubs in the country.

Around The Rocks is the best place to see the major projections and interactive installations, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Cadman’s Cottage. You can become a composer and dance on piano keys, a maestro who makes the Bridge sparkle or changes the colour of the cityscape. First Fleet Park next to the MCA also has some great installations for children and families: Never Ends features a magic horse that you can ride to swing into a fairytale; Human Light Clock turns your shadow into the hand that tells the clock’s time.

The cobbled streets and lanes of The Rocks and harbour foreshore near the Overseas Passenger Terminal have many light sculptures such as Parallax, inspired by the beauty of stalactites clinging to the ceiling of an underground cave. Similar to a parallax effect, the form and density of the sculpture constantly changes according to the perspective of the viewer. Portholes is just that – windows carved from the living rock that reveal any number of imaginary worlds; while Uncovered Worlds takes this concept even further: walk down a mysterious alleyway in The Rocks, where you discover an easel supporting a lonely picture frame. Touch the frame and a whole galaxy of worlds is ‘uncovered’.

Walk towards the Southern Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see EORA, a projection that looks like it’s emerging from the massive blocks of Sydney sandstone. This honours the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the Festival takes place – the Eora Nation. This year EORA pays special tribute to Bennelong, the first Eora man to explore a relationship with the white colonisers of the First Fleet, and who in turn was the first Aboriginal man to represent this people at the English court in London.

Where: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Cadman’s Cottage and Campbell’s Cove. 

View the accessibility map of The Rocks. 

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