Vivid Sydney 2017: Best ways to see the Vivid lights

by Trisha Mee

Vivid Sydney 2017 is set to be bigger, better and brighter than ever before. From Friday 26 May - Saturday 17 June, Sydney will be illuminated by stunning light installations, interactive displays and amazing light shows set to music. Here's our pick of the top 8 ways to see the lights and experience the magic of Vivid Sydney.

1. Vivid Sydney express BridgeClimb dance floor in the sky

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and bust a move with this experience available exclusively during Vivid Sydney. Decked out in a flashing Vivid Climb vest, you’ll climb the Bridge above the spectacular lights below before hitting the 70's style multi-coloured flashing dance floor. 

Duration: 2 hours 15 mins

Sessions: Available exclusively during Vivid Sydney 26 May to 17 June 2017

2. Vivid Sydney through a local's eyes walking tour

If you’re a first-time visitor to Sydney, this is the perfect way to experience Vivid Sydney while exploring the backstreets and alleyways of the city where the most interesting light installations are hidden. Your local guide will take you around the main precincts; Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, and The Rocks where you’ll get to see the more popular and vibrant audio-visual displays and experience the buzz of the festival.

Duration: 2 hours

Sessions: 6pm on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Sun

3. Vivid Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk - Weekend

If you want amazing views, then the highest public observation deck south of the equator is the place to be. SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye stands 268 metres above the streets of Sydney and has a glass-floor viewing platform providing unique 360 degree views over the glittering city during Vivid Sydney.  

Duration: Each SKYWALK lasts approximately 60 minutes

Times: Available weekends - 6pm, 7pm or 8pm

4. Vivid Sydney light and sound cruise

See Vivid Sydney from a new perspective on board a cruise through Sydney Harbour. This exclusive experience includes a 3 course dinner, live music and dancing with the lights situated on and around the Harbour providing the stunning backdrop. Bring your camera and dancing shoes!

Duration: Disembark at Circular Quay at 9:30pm and 10:30pm on Saturdays

Sessions: Departs King St Wharf daily at 7:30pm

A little taste of what to expect at Vivid Sydney 2017

5. Vivid Sydney dining cocktails and tapas for 2

After seeing the light displays and shows at Darling Harbour take a stroll around to Darling Quarter to enjoy delicious Mediterranean tapas and a jug of cocktail of your choosing. If you're lucky, you may be able to see some of Vivid Sydney from your table, but if not, it's a great excuse to take a walk to see the lights at Darling Quarter up close and work off your meal.

Duration: 2 hrs

Sessions: Open from 11:30am - 11pm daily. Only available from 26 May - 17 June 2017

6. Vivid Sydney lights haunted Sydney ghost tour

Discover Sydney's historical past among the amazing Vivid Sydney lights and discover the ghosts that haunt these sites with this frightening and fun tour through The Rocks. Visit locations known for hauntings and experience chilling paranormal activity for yourself.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Sessions: Tours run from 26th May to 6th June at 8:30pm Thurs - Sat

7. Vivid Sydney Cali-Japanese set menu with cocktails for 2

Indulge in a set menu with your favourite foodie partner against the backdrop of Vivid Sydney in the buzz of Darling Harbour. You'll dine on five courses of fresh, modern Japanese food with a creative Californian twist. Includes sashimi, wagyu beef, lobster tail plus a special flaming cocktail each.

Duration: 2+ hours

Sessions: Bookings are available for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Sunday

8. Vivid Harbour cruises

For a stunning look at the lights of all the major precints around Sydney including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Royal Botanic Garden and Walsh Bay, a Vivid Sydney Harbour cruise is the way to do it. You'll receive a complimentary drink on arrival and have access to a fully licensed bar onboard where you can purchase snacks and drinks.

Duration: 1hr 15mins

Availability: Cruises available during Vivid Sydney only. Cruises are at 6pm or 7:30pm, Monday to Thursday.

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