Every year from late May until mid June, Vivid, a festival of light, ideas and music is held in Sydney.
The light installations are typically free to visit and admire. This year I opted for a cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour to get up close to the action without walking through the crowds.
You truly get such an awesome perspective of all the lights while floating on the harbour – the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and for the first time in 2018 Luna Park. Phew! That’s a lot of ground to cover.
Also for the first time in 2018 was Skylark, a beautiful laser light show making the harbour all that more magical.
Not only do you avoid crowds on a cruise, Sea Sydney Harbour provides an antipasto platter with the option to BYO without any additional cost.
Seating up to 30 people, Sea Sydney Harbour catamarans all have indoor and outdoor areas so you can cruise rain, hail or sunshine! The cruises are generally 90 minutes in length and start from the less crowded Millers Point wharf during Vivid.
If cruising isn’t your thing or you’ve already explored the Opera House maybe you’d prefer to opt for a ferris wheel ride at Darling Harbour to get an above water perspective of the light show! At $8 a person this is a very affordable option with a beautiful vantage Point, yet again away from the crowds on the ground.
On Friday and Saturday nights during Vivid Darling Harbour also puts on an excellent fireworks display. Why not find your own harbourside spot and be blown away by trying to watch both the fireworks and light show at once?
If all else fails find a harbourside bar and enjoy a cocktail, or for the more adventurous grab a map and wander along the Vivid light walk.
Keep an eye out for the 2019 Vivid dates to plan your trip early! You won’t be disappointed.