Vivid Sydney

I started to write this post last week, but then things started to get hectic and I didn’t get a chance to finish it until now….

For the past three years John and I have said we want to go check out Vivid Sydney, those of you that do not know what this is….

Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas.

Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’: a unique Vivid Sydney experience.

Vivid Light engages lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces for 18 nights through their creative vision.

Every year it ends up raining and we both just decide not to bother, but this year we were both determined to go check it out in person. So we had our whole evening planned. We had decided to get a bus into the city, go have some dinner somewhere and then walk down to Martin Place and then Circular Quay to check out the lights & sculptures.

Our first mistake was going the last weekend it was on being a long weekend, second was that it was a Saturday night! After we grabbed a bite to eat we decided to walk down to Martin Place. OMG we could not move at all, there was so many people your were trying to squeeze through the crowds of people. You could not see anything because of not being able to move anywhere. We pretty much walked as fast as we could (more like a snail pace) right through Martin Place and decided to head down to Circular Quay and give that a look.

I was hoping that the crowd would be better down at Circular Quay, we really wanted to see the Customs House and the Museum Of Contemporary Art. It wasn’t, people had strollers with kids in them and were trying to get through the crowds of people. You could not walk anywhere without someone elbowing you or stepping on your toes.

Customs House Vivid

Customs House – Vivid Sydney

Vivid Customs 2

Customs House – Vivid Sydney


Museum of Contemporary Art

I have to admit that crowds these days are not my favourite thing. I just wanted to get out of there and go home, because there was seriously that many people. John and I agreed to go towards the ferry terminal and start heading home.

Standing in the ferry terminal and getting on the ferry I think we saw more of the lights than we did trying to navigate through the sea of people.


Sydney Opera House – Vivid

Below is a video of our trip leaving Circular Quay heading back home to Manly!

I think next time we decided to go check out Vivid, we either go on a weeknight when most likely it won’t be packed like it was or just get a ferry over to the city and back.

Have you been to Vivid Sydney? How about Crowds, do they bother you, let us know in the comments below?

    • Thanks Jenna, it’s definitely a gorgeous place. John proposed to me at the Sydney Opera House it holds a special place in our hearts.

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