18 May 2023

Where to go, eat and stay during Vivid Sydney

Sydney has come to life with light, sound and creativity. Get the most out of this incredible event with our itineraries for families, social butterflies and cocktail aficionados.
Where to go, eat and stay during Vivid Sydney

Winter is here, and with the advent of darker, colder nights also comes a beacon of hope. Vivid Sydney is the annual festival that’s undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Sydney during winter, never failing to bring some much-needed light and colour during the chillier months.

This year is better than ever, with a spectacular lineup of events and boundary-pushing installations, many of the highlights being centred around Darling Harbour. We’ve compiled some itineraries for families, social butterflies and cocktail aficionados so you can get the most out of your Vivid Sydney experience in this vibrant precinct.


FREE Parking

Drive in to Darling Harbour from Friday to Sunday or public holidays, leave the car at Darling Park, then spend just $50 at any Cockle Bay Wharf venue to park for free!

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For the social butterflies...

Eat. Drink. Dance. Repeat.

Kick off your night at Pumphouse Sydney to dine at their exclusive Vivid Sydney Gin Dinners. Enjoy a three course shared seafood menu paired with award-winning gins from Beachtree Distilling Co. Or head to any of the restaurants and bars at Cockle Bay Wharf for stunning views of Elemental and $15 cocktails served in an illuminated glass that you get to take home.

Spend time exploring the many projections and installations then head over to Darling Quarter and discover the restaurants & bars offering delicious menu items, each highlighting a natural ingredient in line with this year's theme.

By now it’s time to go for a boogie at Tumbalong Park, where some of Australia’s hottest artists and up-and-coming acts will be playing free live shows embracing a range of genres. Rock up from 8pm on Wednesdays, 7pm Thursday-Friday and from 5pm on Saturdays.

If a DJ set is more up your alley, or you simply want to continue the party, head to The Goods Line for tunes that will perfectly accompany the lights around you. 

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Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney will illuminate Darling Harbour with art, light, creativity and exploration.

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