Vivid Sydney

Sydney shines during winter each year when Vivid Sydney warms up the city with a celebration of light, music and ideas. The creative heart of Sydney comes to life in a program of amazing light art and music. Don't miss this world-famous festival of light, music and ideas from May to June.

Mathemagical illuminates the Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2018. Artist: Jonathan Zawada
Views of Harbour Lights installations on marine vessels moving across Sydney Harbour, Vivid Sydney

About Vivid Sydney

From May to June, Vivid Light takes you to another world, with shadows that spring into colour and building facades that reveal a hidden world of magic. The city transforms into a night time wonderland through large-scale illuminations, laser lightshows and 3D-mapped projections.

The Lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails in the evening is the moment when the spectacular Vivid Light begins.

Follow the series of interactive and immersive light art sculptures and installation trails through the spectacular waterside precincts of the Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo and Barangaroo. Visit The Rocks and see the spectacular display upon the Museum of Contemporary Art, superb views of the Sydney Opera House and great installations for families and children.

Family enjoying a close-up view of the 1000 Cranes light installation at First Fleet Park, The Rocks during Vivid Sydney 2018

Vivid Music features an impressive line-up of international and Australian talent, as well as smaller music venues located throughout the inner city, while Vivid Ideas is a stimulating program of public talks with events examining issues and topics that range from the design of our cities to practical tools for creative practitioners.

Enjoy the brilliant spectacle from the comfort of a harbour ferry or cruise vessel is also bound to be as spellbinding as ever. The many cruise vessels and ferries that travel around the harbour will be decorated with brilliant lights that change colour as they enter the different Vivid Sydney precincts.

Explore the full program of events at Vivid Sydney.

Crowds enjoying the Vivid Sydney 2018 festival along the Sydney Harbour foreshore

Vivid Sydney & Beyond with Austravel 

This suggested itinerary sends you to Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

This itinerary includes:

  • 5 nights at 4-star Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney
  • Vivid Sydney BridgeClimb
  • 2 nights at 4-star Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains
  • 2 nights at 4-star Hunter Valley Resort, Hunter Valley
  • 2 nights at 4-star The Anchorage Hotel, Port Stephens
  • 2 nights at 4-star Novotel, Sydney
  • 7 days car hire and return international flights


From £2,399pp based on twin share. Includes international return flights.

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The Vivid cruise boat sailing in Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2018

Experience Vivid Sydney with DialAFlight

Experience one of the most wondrous and eye-catching events of Australia – Vivid Sydney, where lights, music and ideas come to life in spectacular fashion.

  • 5 nights at 5-star InterContinental, Sydney
  • 2 nights at Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains
  • Includes 1 FREE night
  • Car hire and flights included


7 nights in 5-star accommodation, car hire and flights with Qantas from £1,999pp*

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Vivid 2018 Highlight Video