Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney
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The area
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Neighborhood: The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighborhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 6 min walk
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  • Arushi Vishwain
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and an amazing tourist attraction
    One of the best vivid shows I have witnessed in the past few years in Sydney. The Graze building at the Rocks is amazing and spectacular to watch with the First Peoples culture embedded as a theme with good background music and quality lights. Worth not missing if in Sydney to appreciate the Indigenous culture.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Michael-4551
    Caloundra, Australia5,458 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vivid 2023
    Visited on Friday 27th May and Saturday 28th May. On the Friday I started at Darling Harbour and walked around under the bridge to Circular Quay. It was great seeing all the lights and sounds. Saturday, I went down to Circular Quay but didn't stay too long, too many people and it wasn't as enjoyable as the Friday night was.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Willy L
    The Hague, The Netherlands127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant Vivid Sydney!
    Beautiful and mesmerizing lighting shows across the waterfront of Sydney. Best is the Sydney Opera House with different lightings. Rather cold weather since this is always happening during winter but worth it. Come early at 6.30PM to witness all the Vivid colors.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
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sue3181
Melbourne, Australia41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
I was really looking forward to a week seeing all the vivid displays however found it very uneventful. The opera house was only lit on one side and we booked a cruise to make the most of our time so only saw the front briefly. We did however go another night to the ferry terminal and see the lights better.The park was just ok with allot of just lit trees. The only saving grace was the Taronga Zoo it was amazing and so well organised and the illuminated animals so well done. Not sure I would go again for awhile until they’re amped it, even some of the locals we spoke to were disappointed
Written February 12, 2020
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Edward
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Well after spending lots of pension dollars to stay in the city, the event was poorly organised. The displays were few and far between and you had to walk far and long to see basically nothing that would excite the few. However the exercise was great and the Japanese dinner at Walsh bay was great.
Written June 16, 2022
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TinaFB
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Vivid 2022 was a massive disappointment. Previous years have been spectacular and fun, but this felt like we were constantly in an 8km city walk pushed through the same route with 1000s of others with not much to see. Stay home and rug up. Hopefully, it can return to its former glory.
Written June 11, 2022
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HMSBrisbane
brisbane81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Aside from the exhilarating & unmissable Max Richter concert in the Sydney Opera House our first VIVID experience was 100% disappointing. Whilst honouring the late John Olsen is understandable, less understandable was why ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women’ was relegated to.the less visible side of the opera house, with the display timed and only for brief intervals. Adding to the insult was closing the entrance to the Botanical gardens from this side to other than ticket holders for the light installation. Dark Spectrum was a missed opportunity. Described as “abandoned railway tunnels” it was, in fact, a recently used car park complete with all the usual markings. The introductory safety video was trite & mostly unnecessary given that we were closely monitored & herded along at a pace set by staff. With imagination & artistic flair, the space could have been so much better utilised eg with performance art, video clips, broader & more eclectic music & light installations reflecting the essence of contemporary Sydney.
Written June 6, 2023
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leslie d
Blackheath, Australia152 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This year vivid sydney was a major disappointment in comparison to previous years after a break due to covid one did expect something better. Considering the premium i paid for my hotel i could have stayed in and looked out the window and then not be disappointed .
With plenty of time to organise it the expectation to be bigger and better than before , like the sydney Nye fireworks really always promising the biggest and best but always dissapointing
, ill be missing vivid next year
Asfor the fireworks after 20 years plus at stdney time for something different this tear the northern hemisphere beckons ,
Written June 16, 2022
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MASON
86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
city was so busy but if you know what you are doing you will miss the crowds all together. Near the rocks there is the bar for the American express credit cards. Do not go there, keep going and you will see a fight of stairs to a platform which was empty. Great view of the skyline lit up and the opera house. keep walking down and you can see the bridge with no crowed issues too as well as the projection mapping on a chruch i think it was. spend time in the night markets by the rocks and going on a ferry is good too! take that to the casino it via luna park.

When you at circular quey station do not be fooled into lining up to go in the tent for the XPS DELL thing.
Written June 10, 2022
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AnthiaP
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Worst experience ever was trying to visit Vivid fire kitchen told to walk all the way around only to get there and not be allowed to go in. We were told to move along and that it was at maximum capacity. Squashed Luke sardines people were pushing and shoving come on Sydney no trains at Circular Quay transport minister should be sacked... it's the Long weekend and you were aware Vivid was on!!! Don't bother unless you want to get pushed around and told off by Volunteers stay home
Written June 11, 2023
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Willy L
The Hague, The Netherlands127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Beautiful and mesmerizing lighting shows across the waterfront of Sydney. Best is the Sydney Opera House with different lightings. Rather cold weather since this is always happening during winter but worth it. Come early at 6.30PM to witness all the Vivid colors.
Written July 11, 2023
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Mere s
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Went on the last night hoping for something amazing but were extremely disappointed by the efforts put in this year. It’s cold kids out they NSW government making everyone walk 30-60minutes before seeing lights that were horrible!!! Nothing exciting or major for adults or kids. How embarrassing Sydney. As a pregnant women I got there at 7.3 and got home at 12 we literally walked for 40-60 minutes from darling harbour to Barangaroo hoping for more and when we saw lights we continued but couldn’t turn back so had to catch a train to tow all from circular quay just WOW. Ugly night!
Written June 18, 2022
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VoyageurIndien
Mumbai, India110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Vivid Sydney - where Circular Quay and the surroundings buildings as also the Rocks, the Sydney Harbour bridge and the Opera House are a blaze with a rainbow of lights is a sight worth seeing. Last Sunday, it appears that a quarter of Sydney was around the Circular Quay, strolling around watching the different lights. Out with the family we enjoyed mingling with people of different nationalities, all well protected, Sydney is cold at this time of the year. as people moved around to different sights. A treat to see and a must for tourists who come to Sydney
Written June 1, 2022
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