Embark on an unforgettable experience with Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney during Vivid Sydney 2024, the ultimate celebration of lights and creativity in the Southern Hemisphere. Prepare to be spellbound as Sydney transforms into a luminous wonderland for 23 nights. This year, under the theme “Vivid Sydney, Humanity,” the city becomes a canvas for breathtaking art displays and mind-bending 3D projections.
Immerse yourself in the mesmerising glow as Vivid Sydney paints the Harbour City’s iconic structures and urban landscapes. And what better way to experience this spectacle than onboard Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney exclusive Vivid dining experiences?
Set sail with us and uncover unique vantage points offering unrivalled views of the Vivid Sydney Lights. Capture stunning photos of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House aglow in a symphony of colours. Cruise through multiple precincts, witnessing the complete tapestry of lights as they dance and reflect off the tranquil waters, illuminating the night in every direction.
A Night of Luminescent Delight: Embark on an extraordinary culinary journey with Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney during Vivid Sydney 2024. The city’s iconic structures and urban landscapes transform into a luminous wonderland under the theme “Vivid Sydney, Humanity.” Our exclusive Vivid dining experiences offer a front-row seat to this mesmerizing spectacle, with unrivalled views of the Vivid Sydney Lights
Vivid Sydney returns this May to flood the city’s glorious harbour with seemingly infinite shades of colour and light over 23 nights from May 24 to June 15, 2024. There’s a huge amount to see and do, so it pays to plan, particularly if you’re keen to stay in the Harbour City for a few days to explore the program of Light, Ideas, Food and Music.
To make things easier, we’ve shortlisted the locations, venues and occasions that offer a Vivid Sydney experience above-and-beyond the standard Light Walk.
CRUISE THE HARBOUR IN STYLE
While many Vivid visitors remain on dry land, insiders know that some of the best views can be gleaned from aboard a boat. And there’s no better way to get out on the water than
by joining one of Cruise Sydney’s nightly cruises. The three-hour Vivid experience takes place on a revamped whale-watching vessel with an epic roof deck and full views from the comfy indoor main cabin. Following a light-up cocktail on arrival, you can expect a lavish three-course dinner including fresh local seafood, contemporary mains, exciting vegetarian options and a classic pavlova to finish, plus premium Champagne and sparkling wines.
EXPLORE THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN
If you’re looking for blockbuster views of the Opera House, the foreshore bordering the Royal Botanic Garden is hard to beat. But it’s also worth venturing into the gardens themselves: each Vivid, they are lit up with all manner of decorative and interactive displays. To beat the crowds, arrive at dusk and find a bench to perch on while you wait for the gardens to glow.
GO WILD AT TARONGA ZOO
Visiting the zoo during Vivid is a real adventure. In the grounds, you’ll discover giant light sculptures depicting wildlife and catch glimpses of the illuminated harbour through the trees. Keen to amplify the excitement? Stay overnight at the zoo in one of two immersive lodging options: a luxe Wildlife Retreat chalet offering panoramic harbour views or a safari style Roar and Snore glamping tent.
GIVE LUNA PARK A WHIRL
Visiting the ‘other side’ of the harbour can be a smart move during Vivid, not only because the crowds are generally smaller but also because the North Shore offers an all-in-one vista of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and CBD from a comfortable distance. After a foreshore stroll, visit one of Sydney’s most iconic spots, Luna Park, for all the fun of the fair and enjoy
knockout views from atop several rides. Or nab a table at the park’s Amphora Wine Bar and indulge in tapas and top drops with the harbour gleaming in front of you.
FEAST YOUR EYES AT A FINE RESTAURANT
Sydney is full of stunning restaurants with equally stunning views. You might be able to get into O Bar and Dining, the revolving restaurant on the 47th floor of a skyscraper in Australia Square, for sophisticated fare with a healthy slant. Alternatively, there’s Blu Bar on Level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel, where expertly mixed cocktails accompany extravagant tapas. Or head down to the harbour for an illuminating dining experience at Sydney’s most lauded fine diner, Quay.
MAKE A PROPER NIGHT OF IT WITH A HOTEL STAY
Nothing beats checking into a comfy hotel for all-night views of the light show. Beautiful properties dot the harbour, with options to suit all tastes and budgets. For the ultimate in luxury, stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney, positioned a short walk from the bustle of Circular Quay and boasting multiple uninterrupted vantage points. Or keep walking for a minute to the under-theradar Pier One Sydney Harbour, which offers gorgeous rooms and views to rival its higher profile neighbour at a surprisingly reasonable price point. You could also try the Pullman Quay Grand Circular Quay or the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.
UNFURL A PICNIC BLANKET AT HICKSON ROAD RESERVE
Sometimes, the simplest options can be the most satisfying. If you’re not fussed about seeing every single display or grazing at the street-food stalls, why not pack a hamper with homemade goodies, don your warmest coat and spend the evening on the grass? Hickson Road Reserve is a short stroll from Circular Quay and is the ideal place to take in the spectacle of lights and festival-going passers-by.
EXPERIENCE THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Sydney Opera House is the beating heart of Vivid, serving both as a meeting point and a thoroughfare – not to mention a fully operational music venue (for the festival-withina- festival, Vivid LIVE) and a hugely popular place for drinks and nibbles. If you’re lucky, you may be able to secure a spot at Opera Bar, which is blessed with dead-on views of the Harbour Bridge. Otherwise, give your legs a stretch and climb the Opera House steps for a beautiful view of the city.
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