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Vivid Sydney 2022: 8 ways to do Vivid differently this year


Do more than the Vivid light walk this year. See it from the water, the skies and from your hotel room.

After 2 years, Vivid has finally returned and we reckon that's a pretty big deal.

To make up for lost time, why not go all out and explore the festival as you never have before with these unique experiences?

Vivid Sydney Bridge

1. Book your mates in for a private Sydney Harbour cruise

Go big or go home! Rally 20 of your best mates (and biggest Vivid fans) and call the good ship Enigma X yours for the evening. Light snacks and alcoholic drinks are included.

Where: Towns Place Wharf

Cost: $1,180 per group

Vivid Sydney Night Photography

2. Learn to take Insta-worthy snaps of the Vivid lights

Avoid blurry, dark or grainy photos at the end of the evening by enlisting the help of a professional. This photography tour will give you all the tips and tricks of the trade and leave you with winning snaps.

Where: 35 Harrington Street, The Rocks

Cost: $147 per person

Vivid Sydney Dining Experience

3. Take your senses on a dining experience

All your senses will come to life in this immersive dining experience. Held at 6HEAD, this 3-course menu boasts brightly coloured, Vivid-inspired dishes to the tune of kingfish ceviche and mushroom pithivier as well a 2-hour beverage package and a sympthony of sound and sight.

Where: 6HEAD, The Rocks

Cost: $265 per person

Romantic Vivid Sydney Sailing

4. Stay overnight on a luxury yacht

Romantics can up the ante this Vivid festival by packing their bags and checking into a private yacht. Once onboard, you'll sail around the harbour soaking up all those precious lights and then dock for dinner and an overnight stay. Your other half is sure to be impressed.

Where: Darling Harbour

Cost: $1,435 for 2

Vivid Sydney Skywalk

5. See the lights from 268 metres above street level

Steal those panoramic views for yourself from on top of Sydney Tower Eye. Once your exhilarating walk is complete, you can hang around the indoor observation deck to witness the lights dance across the city.

Where: Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney CBD

Cost: $82 per person

BAR 83 Oyster and drink

6. Relax and dine on oysters and champagne

Say goodbye to the crowds, the cold winter air and the lines at the food stalls and hello to your little piece of real estate 83 storeys above the city.

Bar 83's Vivid experience has it all, including a table by the window, a plate of oysters and a bottle of champagne. Cheers.

Where: Bar 83, Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney CBD

Cost: $200 for 2

Skyline Vivid

7. Fly above it all

For the ultimate in bird's eye views, you can't go past a helicopter ride over Sydney Harbour. Being in a chopper is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in itself so make the most of it by flying during Vivid.

Where: Mascot

Cost: $400 per person

Blue Mountains

8. Journey across Sydney toward the lights

Vivid kicks off at 6pm every night. This leaves the day to do and see anything you please. Pack your itinerary to the brim and start at the Blue Mountains with a tour of Scenic World. Then, take a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park before hopping onboard a cruise ship to make your grand entrance down Parramatta Road and into the harbour for the festival.

Where: Blue Mountains, though hotel pick-up is available

Cost: $235 per person

What next? Tick off all the highlights with the help of our Vivid Sydney guide.

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