VIVID Sydney
Light, music and ideas

VIVID Sydney

Vivid Sydney will illuminate Darling Harbour with art, light, creativity and exploration.
27 May 2022
18 Jun 2022


Vivid Sydney is a bright star on Sydney’s calendar, so the decision to cancel this year’s event has not been taken lightly. While it’s lights off for this year, we’ll shine brighter than ever in 2022. We are looking forward to celebrating creativity and innovation with you in Sydney from 27 May to 18 June 2022. 

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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 - a playground of the unexpected and unusual, right here in Darling Harbour.

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 Bucket Boys Bar and Bottle Shop 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 160+ bars, cafes, restaurants in Darling Harbour.

Places to stay in Darling Harbour

There are so many comfortable, luxurious places to stay in Darling Harbour, including a few that may have views of Vivid Sydney’s sculptures from their rooms:

Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour
Stunning harbour views, luxury and a location right in the heart of Darling Harbour.
Visit Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Recently voted Australia’s best hotel, this luxury urban resort has near-panoramic views of the harbour and city skyline.
Visit Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
The Darling
Award winning 6-star luxury and views over Darling Harbour and the Harbour Bridge in the Star Casino.
Visit The Darling
Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Luxury rooms and views over Darling Square make this the ideal Vivid Sydney accommodation.
Visit Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Hyatt Regency Sydney
A premium waterside retreat with breathtaking harbour views and home to one of Sydney's oldest pubs.
Visit Hyatt Regency Sydney

Want to check out the rest of your options? Browse places to stay in Darling Harbour here.


Getting to Darling Harbour

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

  • There are several parking buildings throughout Darling Harbour if you’re driving.
  • 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.

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