Guide to Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival

June 2, 2018
Guide to Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival

It’s that time of year again, everyone travels to Sydney CBD to see the famous light festival, with every year getting bigger and better. I have now attended the festival for about five years, always enjoying myself with family and friends, enjoying a night out in the city.

Realistically, you can’t see everything in a night, the lights are spread out all over the city and in are also in Chatswood. However, I am here to help! Here are a few top spots I have found over the years, which seem to have great lights!

Top spots:

– Opera House

– Circular Quay

– Botanical Gardens

– The Rocks

-Darling Harbor


Apart form these destinations, there are heaps of walks you can do at each of these spots or walking from one to another eg. Circular Quay > Opera House > Botanical Gardens. I do recommend planning ahead of the night where and what you want to see because it can get chaotic if it is very busy.

During these couple of weeks the city holds special music events,  speaking events and art events. The best way to know what is going on is to check out their website here. On the offical website you can look up anything from what type of lights there are to the best transport options to get you in and out of the city.

Due to the tourism this brings to Sydney, many restaurants and shop owners will stay open later than usual over the few weeks and may even have sales or special deals on e.g. a free class of wine/beer with your meal. This is a great idea to have a night out enjoying the lights and having a meal with loved ones. Another thing to keep in mind is during this time there are many dinner cruise boats that go from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour to take customers out for a buffet dinner. If you decide to do this, you will have a great view of all the city and the lights from out on the water. Prices usually start from $30 and you can buy special deals on websites such as

Tip: If you go on a night when it is raining or it seems likely to rain, there will be a lot less people out and about.

Also, don’t forget to take your camera!

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