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Vivid Sydney 2016 – getting there, getting round

by on May 20, 2016
 

All roads (and flights) lead to Sydney next week as visitors join Sydney-siders to celebrate the colours of Sydney at Vivid Sydney 2016the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which runs from 27th May to 18th June. 

What’s on?

There’s something for just about everyone at Vivid Sydney 2016, from public events like the illuminations at Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and the Galeries, all new this year, to ticketed events in small venues. There’s music, dance, art and design, fashion, film and crafty things. Not to mention the robots! Whether you’re 5 or 50, 9 or 90, you’re sure to find something to enjoy. The full programme is available online so you can plan your visits and purchase tickets where they’re needed.

Getting there

Airlines, both domestic and around the region are offering special fares and packages for visitors keen to participate in this colourful festival.

AirAsiaGo is offering flight/accommodation/taxes and fees packages for under MYR2000 per person, depending on your selected dates and the type of accommodation you choose.

Malaysia Airlines will get you there and back from MYR1699, if you book before 27th May 2016, for travel between 24th May and 24th November 2016.

Scoot out of Singapore from SG$204 for a basic Fly Fare ticket Singapore / Sydney, or from SG$504 for ScootBiz one way until 29th October 2016. Fares are one way and may vary depending on dates chosen and the return leg will likewise depend on your dates and add-ons.

Jetstar has flights from various points around South East Asia, as well as their domestic services within Australia and other international locations. To get the best price, especially if you’re not sure of your dates, when you’ve pulled up the Deals page, and entered your dates, check the ‘lowest price’ option. That will give you a range of fares available over the few days before and after the date you’ve selected.
If you want to fly Jetstar, but have found a better, equivalent fare from another airline, try their Price Beat Guarantee. That’s a great way to get what you want.

Virgin Australia’s Happy Hour every Thursday is just one of the deals they have on offer on a regular basis, though the best prices are usually a few weeks or months away.  With their partners Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Delta Airlines and Etihad Airways offering extra options for international visitors, Virgin Australia flies to the West Coast of USA, the south Pacific and New Zealand as well as South East Asia.

Getting around

Even if you’re familiar with Sydney and know some of the best ways to get around, you may find the special Vivid Sydney App useful to find everything that’s on.

…. Vivid Sydney has an expanded footprint with new precincts and visitors can use the app to browse and discover all Vivid Sydney light installations, music and ideas events. The 23-day festival, set to run from 27 May to 18 June, features more than 80 light installations, 1,500 hours of programmed music events and 170 creative events. This app is a fantastic way to interact with our biggest festival yet, with so many fantastic light installations and projections, music, and ideas events. The app includes Vivid Trails, bringing Vivid Sydney to life with itineraries exploring different precincts, light walks and types of events. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres

Visitor to are encouraged to download the free Vivid Sydney app from Google Play or the iTunes stores to find their way around the stunning precincts and events featured in the 2016 program.

…. the app will be a must-have addition for visitors keen to experience as much of Vivid Sydney as possible. The app features maps conveniently matching visitors’ current location with nearby installations and events, making moving around Vivid Sydney even easier. Users can also save their favourite light installations, events and precincts and speakers with a My Vivid log in feature. This year we are also very excited about the new precinct additions to Vivid Sydney, with the festival welcoming The Galeries, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo giving visitors even more opportunities to experience this fantastic event. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase

Leave the car at home…..

Organisers are encouraging visitors coming to Vivid Sydney events to leave the car at home and use public transport, including 3,200 extra bus services and over 600 extra train services running in addition to the regular timetable services.

Download a map, an app and the guides you need, and you’re ready to party!

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