Looking for a unique Vivid experience that takes you beyond wading through reams of people trying to catch a glimpse of the projections or waiting in food truck lines? We’ve got you covered!
1. Lights For The Wild at Taronga Zoo
Perfect for families or as a “date night with a difference”, Lights For The Wild allows you to discover the magic of Taronga Zoo at night!
Held exclusively during Vivid, this immersive experience takes you on an illuminated trail snaking through the zoo’s grounds. Upon entry, you’re given a state-of-the-art wristband that allows you to “interact” with giant, multimedia animal light sculptures.
Visitors of all ages are sure to be delighted as they walk through a swarm of buzzing bees or are “swallowed” whole by a huge Port Jackson Shark. Grab one of the limited Blue Passes to be taken on the Sky Safari cable car, providing a stunning view of the Vivid lights. What’s more, it’s all for a great cause – ticket proceeds go towards Taronga’s campaign to save 10 species from extinction over the next decade.
2. Enjoy the harbour lights from onboard a cruise
Take in the dazzling lights and projections from a whole new perspective when you board one of the dozens of Vivid cruises running each night of the festival. Stretching from Darling Harbour and Walsh Bay to The Rocks and Circular Quay, there’s plenty to see as you set sail. A quick browse online unearths packages for all budgets and tastes – from casual affairs that allow you to bring your own food to luxe evenings with free flowing champagne and 3-course dinners. And the best part? You get to float right past all the crowds and queues.
3. A romantic staycation at a luxury harbourside hotel
There’s just something undeniably indulgent about booking a fancy hotel room in your own city for a date. Likewise, there’s no better time to play “tourist in your own city” than during our city’s biggest arts, music and culture festival. So combine the two and you’ve got the perfect romantic evening planned! Some of Sydney’s most iconic hotels provide stunning views of the harbour, such as the Four Seasons, Intercontinental and the Park Hyatt. Great as a birthday or anniversary gift for your special someone, it also means you don’t have to worry about sitting through traffic on the way home.
4. Vivid BridgeClimb
Billed “The Dance Floor in the Sky”, take your Friday night boogie to the next level, literally, by busting out your best moves on top of the Harbour Bridge. Over three-and-a-half hours, don a flashing vest as you ascend the bridge while taking in a bird’s-eye view of the sparkling lights all over the harbour and city. When you reach the top, discover a kitschy-cool 70’s-style multicoloured flashing dance floor where you can let loose! Surely the pinnacle of unforgettable Vivid experiences.