VIVID Sydney
Light, music and ideas

VIVID Sydney

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

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27 May 2022
18 Jun 2022

Vivid Sydney brings light artists, musicians and innovative thinkers together from Sydney and all over the world to bathe our city in a warm glow. It’s a Sydney event you can enjoy in so many ways, whether you’re wandering the city’s streets exploring countless light sculptures, catching a comedy show or concert, or listening to an inspiring speaker.

At a time when we need it more than ever, Vivid Sydney shines a light over Darling Harbour through art and creativity. From the bizarre and unusual to the charming and quaint, the sculptures and creatives behind Vivid give us new ways to connect with each other and our city.

It’s full of surprises and new ways of seeing, hearing, feeling and experiencing, right here in Darling Harbour.

Sydney Infinity

Looking for something to do in Sydney that’ll blow your mind? Darling Harbour’s rippling waters are about to erupt in a technicolour fountain of choreographed light for Sydney Infinity.

This is Australia’s largest ever choreographed liquid light show, featuring 48 water cannons blasting water up to 80 metres into the air, each stream illuminated by thousands of LEDs.

Tumbalong Nights

Enjoy free Vivid Sydney music live shows Wednesday to Saturday nights at Tumbalong Park

This year, Vivid Sydney presents a curated contemporary music program at Tumbalong Park featuring some of Australia’s most exciting artists alongside Sydney’s hottest emerging acts. Catch FREE live shows each Wednesday to Saturday night, right in the heart of the Light Walk.

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Eating and drinking in Darling Harbour

Vivid Sydney is the perfect excuse to visit Darling Harbour for a weekend of art, dining, drinking and exploration.

For beer, gyoza, fried chicken and guaranteed good times, try Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium or, for the best craft beer selection in the city, drop in to Batch Brewing in Haymarket.

If you fancy yum-cha and gorgeous garden views, head to The Gardens by Lotus, or book at Momofuku Seiobo for a taste of the Carribean at one of Australia’s leading fine dining restaurants. Try the tastiest, spiciest chicken in Sydney at Belles Hot Chicken, serious donuts at Shortstop or impossibly creamy gelato at Gelato Messina Darling Square.

Keen to explore more of Sydney’s best eating and drinking? Check out a selection of 150+ bars, cafes and restaurants in Darling Harbour and some stocked with these amazing Vivid-inspired offers...

Sip & Savour on the Green

Enjoy mouth-watering street food and live entertainment by day, then dinner and drinks under the stars throughout Vivid Sydney. A whimsical gazebo on the Village Green, complete with fairy lights and hammocks, creates the perfect space for you to grab a bite to eat and relax during the day or a drink under the stars.

And for an incredible sensory experience alongside some fantastic cocktail offerings, Bombay Sapphire have partnered with Vivid Sydney Light Walk artist Elliott Routledge and music producer Nicky Night Time to invite all to stir their creativity at the House of Bombay Bar.

A guide for where to go, eat and stay during Vivid Sydney

This year's Vivid Sydney 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 experience in this vibrant precinct.


FREE Parking

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

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Getting to Darling Harbour

Getting to Darling Harbour is easy, whether you’re walking, cycling, driving or catching public transport:

  • The train from the airport takes just 25 minutes. Get off at the Museum Station and walk less than 10 minutes
  • Light rail from the CBD leaves every 4 minutes. Get off at the Town Hall stop and walk less than 5 minutes
  • Cycling from the city takes less than 5 minutes. Take your bike over Pyrmont Bridge to see the ultimate view of Darling Harbour
  • Walking from the city takes just 10 minutes
  • Or there are several car parks throughout Darling Harbour if you’re driving.

For more help getting to Darling Harbour, check out our guide.