On Water

If you are planning to see Vivid Sydney by boat there are a few things you need to think about before you set off.


Charter Vessels

Various charter vessels will be undertaking harbour cruises during Vivid Sydney 2022. If you are embarking on a cruise to view the Vivid Sydney lights from a vessel in the harbour, it is important to note that the event starts from 6.00pm nightly.  You can view all operators here

Some operators may offer services via agents, direct sales and online deal websites. We kindly suggest you read all terms and conditions and relevant information before making a purchase. Also please read all information on your ticket including departure times, locations and other conditions.  

Please note that Vivid Sydney does not operate any harbour cruises. If you have any questions, please contact the operator who is undertaking the harbour cruise.   


Water Taxi Services

Water taxis provide a great service for visitors to Vivid Sydney. As the event continues to grow it has become necessary to introduce some wharf restrictions for water taxi operators in Sydney Cove to reduce spectator congestion and ensure greater safety for on-shore visitors. 

Commissioners Steps and Harbourmasters Steps will be closed to all vessels except water taxi pick-up from 5:45pm to 11pm on the following nights in 2022: 

  • Friday 27 May and Saturday 28 May   
  • Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June   
  • Friday 10 June, Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June   
  • Friday 17 June and Saturday 18 June   

Water taxis can also be boarded from Ives Steps, Campbells Cove, Eastern Pontoon, Man O’ War Steps and Towns Place.   


Recreational Vessels

Seeing Vivid Sydney from the water on a recreational vessel is a great experience. Just be sure to follow all navigation rules including keeping to the right and displaying the correct navigation lights.   

Recreational vessels are not permitted to enter Sydney Cove (Circular Quay) or to access the southern end of Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.   

For further information on navigating at night and navigation lights, please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/driving-boating-and-transport/waterways-safety-and-rules/navigation-marks-lights-and-sounds/vessels-at-night