Vivid is a yearly festival that illuminates Sydney for 23 days. The city is turned into a canvas of stunning art projections, which along with music and live shows, entertains millions of people. I was thrilled when I realized that I was going to be in Sydney during the festival this year, which runs May 27th – June 18th. There are dozens of different locations to check out around the city such as Town Hall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour and of course, the Sydney Opera House. I originally planned on walking to the different parts of the city to view the various “light art” displays and shows, however I also wanted the best view possible. I heard there was one way I could get the prime view and that was from the harbour! I immediately went on Tours to Go to search what type of harbour cruises were available. There were numerous options, but the one that appealed to me the most was with Vagabond Cruises. Not only do they bring you around the harbour during Vivid, but you get food and unlimited drinks. I can’t think of a better way to cruise around!
As soon as I got onto the boat, I noticed the bar was fully stocked with drinks waiting for us to take. I was able to choose from wine, beer, champagne and various soft drinks. I took a glass of bubbly and immediately went up to the top deck, so that I could grab the perfect seat outside. We first sailed past parts of the city, on our way to the National Maritime Museum and Darling Harbour. There is a show at Darling Harbour every 30 minutes from 6pm-11pm, so the boat stayed idling near it, which allowed us to watch. The show itself is truly amazing, as it plays music thats syncs with a water and fire show, while displaying water projections and ending with a firework finale. I even went back and watched it again at the end of the night, since we docked near it.
We then made our way towards Luna Park which as usual, was beautifully illuminated. It was incredibly peaceful, sitting out on the deck, watching the sights of the city. I didn’t even have to get up to serve myself food, as there were waiters constantly walking around with canapé trays filled with springs rolls, chicken skewers, crispy fish fillets, meatballs amongst other treats.
I was starting to get excited, as we were slowly approaching two of the most popular landmarks in the world, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Not to mention the city itself, which was glowing behind it, matching the colors of the bridge as it changed colors. It was jaw dropping to see them paired up together. The Opera House had magnificent art and light projections shining on it, making the iconic building appear to be newly painted. The city was truly transformed into a vivid masterpiece. I’m glad I got to see it from the best viewpoint (whilst devouring food and drinks, of course)! If you are lucky enough to be in Sydney during the Vivid festival, I highly recommend checking it out. To find out more information on the festival and it’s many locations, check out the Ultimate Guide to Vivid!