Lightscape Sydney Tickets
Vivid Sydney returns from 26 May to 17 June 2023 and will be brighter than ever before.
This year's Vivid Sydney is set to be a dazzling and unique affair. On top of its famous precincts such as Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay it's opened up some new and exclusive sights of Sydney.
One in particular that has made waves through the channels is the abandoned railway tunnels beneath Wynyard Station. Coined Dark Spectrum this installation transforms these underground rooms into something akin to a dance floor, filling them with light and sound.
In total there are 12 precincts to explore, each with their own unique installations and characteristics:
There's been a lot of chatter this year about Lightscape at The Royal Botanic Garden. It's the first year this precinct has been paid and the prices are eye-wateringly high: $40 per adult and $128 per family. The question is, is the cost worth the experience?
Finder's shopping editor Stephanie Yip went and this is what she thought.
I went with my family of 3 and was completely in awe by the light displays and the musical accompaniments. Flowers bloomed above my head dancing to pop-music, a whale fluke up dived in a sea of mesmerising dots and neon lights drew a tree into reality.
As suggested, it took 90-minutes to complete the walk. This included a pit-stop for food.
On top of a unique experience, I loved how quiet the walk was. I never felt rushed or that I was clambouring to get a good angle on an installation. The walk was easy and pram and mobility-aid friendly.
With a toddler this made for a relaxing Vivid night-out.
As for the $40 price-tag? Considering the exhibit was free in previous years it's a hard pill to swallow.
To its credit it does feel as though there are more installations than usual, and they are to a larger scale. Then there's the musical curation, which is absolutely flawless.
It truly is a VIP and stress-free way to enjoy Vivid, particularly considering how crowded the event has become. If that's worth $40 to you, go for it.
Personally, I feel the cost is too steep when you consider you can hop on a cruise for $25 and visit Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo for $30 a pop.
Stephanie Yip attended Lightscape as a guest of Vivid Sydney.
Want to do more at Vivid then the typical program of light walks and talks?
There are stacks of events and experiences from cruises and helicopter rides to feasts and tower walks so you can experience Vivid from a new perspective.
Creators, public figures and industry leaders are booked to discuss ideas that matter.
To date 36 talks and workshops have been scheduled in for your pleasure.
Bookings can be made via the Vivid Sydney website.
Over 70 live shows are set to reach our ears for Vivid Sydney 2023.
Under Vivid Music is the original Vivid Live series. This is centred around the Sydney Opera House and is packed with stars the likes of Yaeji, Budjerah, Thundercat, Kimbra, José González, Ethel Cain and Max Richter. All tickets can be purchased through Ticketek.
The wider Vivid Music explores Sydney, cropping everywhere, including Circular Quay, The Goods Line and Timbalong Park. Events can be ticketed or free.
Other highlights of the 2023 Vivid Music line-up include:
Some even offer special Vivid menus and deals to make the journey that much brighter.
Avoid the madness of Sydney transport and make the CBD your home base. There are some beautiful hotels in the city that usually have some great views of the lights too. Some, for example the Novotel Sydney Central is having a VIVID-themed package deal which includes a bottle of wine for the adults and soft drinks and glow sticks for the kids. Psst – it even has an illuminated ball pit in the lobby.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Yes. After going on hiatus for 2 years due to the pandemic Vivid Sydney is returning in 2023. The festival is running from 26 May to 17 June 2023.
Yes, Vivid Sydney's displays are completely free to access. However, events such as Vivid Live performances, Vivid Ideas talks and Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo are paid events. Extra experiences such as cruises and bridge climbs require an admission fee, too.
No. Refunds are not available for purchased events.
Vivid Sydney can be found in various precincts and locations across Sydney CBD. These are:
The Vivid Sydney light displays turn on at 6pm each night during the festival and are turned off at midnight.
The festival runs for 23 days.
Vivid Sydney is a free outdoor event held throughout the Sydney CBD. Essentially it's a giant open-air gallery. You can wander around and check out light-based displays and illuminations created by a range of artists between 6pm and midnight, when lights turn off.
There are guides available. Each attraction is signposted and explains what it is you're looking at and who created it.
Many roads leading towards Circular Quay and The Rocks will be closed or restricted during the event. Given those limitations and the road closures throughout the city, it's recommended to take public transport. There will be increased services available during the event and the ferries will be illuminated each night from 6pm.
Yes. The twilight and night-time bridge climbs are available during Vivid.
If night photography isn't your forte, consider joining a night photography class prior to or even during the festival to capture the best images.
These are the closest parking lots to the attractions. However, public transport is advised as select roads close due to the event.
For Darling Harbour and Barangaroo access:
For Circular Quay access:
The use of drones is prohibited in many areas of Sydney Harbour. There is limited information for Vivid but we imagine the rules are the same.
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