Today is the day! Vivid Sydney 2017 kicks off today, May 26, and continues until 17 June. For those planning to visit, the event organisers have suggested these handy tips for getting the most out of your visit:
Visit early in the week
Monday to Wednesday are quieter compared to Friday and Saturday.
Visit early in the evening
Experience the wonders of Vivid Sydney when the lights go on at 6pm. Its lights on at 5.30pm at Chatswood and Taronga Zoo – ideal for taking in the lights, grabbing an early dinner and getting the family home for bedtime.
Visit more times for more fun
It’s impossible to see everything in one night. Plan your visit and travel to different precincts on different days.
On the city side, Barangaroo (South) and nearby Darling Harbour could be done in one night. Arrive by train at Wynyard, take the Wynyard Walk tunnel straight to Barangaroo (South) to experience Trapdoor and A Day in the Light, before journeying past the Australian National Maritime Museum which will be illuminated with the projection Inspire By the Sea, then arriving at the spectacular water theatre spectacle Magicians in the Mist.
On the north side, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo are best done in separate visits. Send the kids ‘back to the future’ to learn about the steam punk era at Chatswood and grab dinner from one of the many food offerings. Head to the Zoo on another night to see giant animal multimedia light sculptures and make the most of one of the Lights for the Wild sessions. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
Visit by public transport
Leave the car at home (extensive road closures will be in place). Take advantage of extra bus and train services during the festival instead.
Get an ID wristband for children
Visit a Vivid Information Booth and get an ID wristband for children. Wristbands are available at Darling Harbour, Customs House & West Circular Quay. Add your contact number and put them on your children’s wrists to make it easy to be reunited should you be separated at any time. Be sure to keep an eye out for Vivid Sydney’s friendly army of volunteers in their bright pink jackets, they can answer any questions or point you in the right direction.
Planning your visit beforehand is simple with precinct and accessibility maps, transport options and activities available at vividsydney.com or through the festival smartphone app.