Vivid Sydney Transport Options - Vivid Sydney 2018

On Water

Planning a trip to Vivid Sydney by boat

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

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, Harbourmasters Steps and Ives Steps will be closed to all vessels except water taxi pick-up from 5:45pm to 11pm on the following nights in 2018: 
Friday 26 May, Saturday 27 May, Friday 2 June, Saturday 3 June, Friday 8 June, Saturday 9 June, Sunday 10 June, Friday 15 June and Saturday 16 June. 
During these times water taxis can be boarded from Campbells Cove, Eastern Pontoon, Man O’ War Steps, Walsh Bay 2 and Towns Place. Probably not required given water taxis will be able to pick up from Commissioners and Harbourmasters Steps. 
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For your information, there are various charter vessels companies undertaking harbour cruises during Vivid Sydney 2018. 
For further wharf restrictions and advice to vessels click here.

Vivid Sydney Harbour Lights

Brilliant LED lighting from 32 Hundred Lighting and Intel technology combine during Vivid to make many harbour vessels travel through a spectrum of light and movement.

Using Intel technology the LED displays on the Harbour Lights vessels simultaneously change colour as they pass through a satellite navigational grid projected across Sydney Harbour. This creates a gentle but brilliant display that marries Art and Technology in true Vivid Sydney fashion.

Further details on participating operators can be found at:

Charter Vessels

For your information, there are various charter vessels companies undertaking harbour cruises during Vivid Sydney 2018. 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.

Some operators may be offering 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 not does operate any harbour cruises. If you have any questions, please contact the operator who is undertaking the harbour cruise.

Marine Viewing

Once again the harbourside of the renowned Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will explode with many types of illumination during Vivid Sydney.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney adds to the world-famous Vivid Light Walk which returns with more than 60 spectacular light art installations, large-scale illuminations and mesmerising 3D-mapped building projections to light up Sydney’s waterfront.

With increasing waterfront activations, viewing Vivid Sydney from the water is becoming increasingly popular for both commercial and recreational vessels. To ensure that all enjoy a safe and entertaining night at Vivid Sydney, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), in conjunction with Destination NSW, have developed this Marine Viewing Map.

Recreational Vessels

Seeing Vivid from the water on a recreational vessel is a great experience, but make sure you follow the navigation rules of 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 Darling Harbour as per the Marine Viewing Map. For further information on navigating at night and navigation lights visit