The annual winter Sydney festival of light, music and ideas returns this year on Friday 25th May to Saturday 16th June. The event run by Destination NSW is set to attract tourist groups from neighbouring countries, and interstate visitors wanting to experience the creations and innovations from our local artists and inventors. Vivid Sydney is expected to welcome well over 5,000 visitor groups from Japan alone.

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Plan your trip

Whether you plan a one week trip to Sydney, or one weekend to enjoy the bright lights and accompanying shows, you need to know where to go, what to do and what to eat! After all, there will be a lot more visitors and tourists to Sydney during this period, so it is best to plan your trip with a collaborative travel planner, such as TravelMustard.


Vivid Sydney Light Shows

The brilliant light shows happen all over the Sydney CBD from Darlinghurst to The Rocks, and reaches neighbouring suburbs like Chatswood, and Mosman (the Taronga Zoo is a must!). Remember these shows begin when the sun sets and it is dark, so you aren't likely to hit all the favourite spots in one night, and you will need to factor in time to soak in the great work of our local artists.

Day 1: Start in Sydney CBD

An easy place to start if you're accommodation is located here. Otherwise, it's best to catch a train to Circular Quay station, or the nearby Ferry to Circular Quay wharf. Grab an early dinner along the wharf with plenty of options (or better yet, head to Opera Bar with a great modern Asian inspired bar menu and the best views of the Harbour Bridge!). Follow the crowd towards the Opera House, and enjoy the stunning animations on the world-famous sails. This walk will lead you through other installations as you make your way through robotic and light filled creations. Taking photos is encouraged, so Instagram away! As you walk around the city, you'll end up back at the wharf, where Customs House showcases a brilliant story across the front.


If you're feeling fancy during the day (or arrive a few hours before sunset), have a long lunch at Cafe Sydney in the same building - you are spoilt with brilliant views and fresh seafood! And finally before returning to the wharf, the MCA building displays more light shows, and musical talent that is likely to be interactive!

Day 2: Visit Taronga Zoo in Mosman

The world-famous zoo is home to many native Aussie animals. It's become a hot spot for adults for its themed night events, such as the Roar and Snore. Get to Mosman by ferry, where the ride itself is another attraction to tick off your list. Special shows during Vivid Sydney are part of the itinerary, and being one of the world's most beautiful zoos, you cannot miss this! The cafe's and restaurants in the zoo are also a great option.

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Day 3: Ideas to think about

Ideas are a key theme for Vivid Sydney. Check out an event around Kings Cross, The Rocks, Darling Harbour or around the city, and get ready to think and be challenged. If you're going to be around The Rocks, grab a quick meal at Ribs and Burgers, or if you're after something more refined, The Cut or Sake will not disappoint.


Day 4: Revisit anything!

The beauty of a collaborative travel planner such as TravelMustard means that while your plans are listed, you can always rearrange your activities to another day in your travel plan. If you didn't go to one of the events you planned on an earlier day, you can move it around and your whole travel group will see the updates.

After your eventful time in Sydney, why not explore its surroundings and make a night of it. Rosetta Sydney is a beautiful upmarket Italian restaurant, with beautiful decor and delicately handmade pasta in house. It doesn't get much fresher or better! Otherwise, if you're interested in a bit more of a scene, head on over to The Star Sydney. The popular casino is also home to many tantalising restaurants such as Sokyo (contemporary Japanese fine dining), Balla (upmarket Italian), and Black Bar & Grill to name a few but also great fast food options from local chefs (think Luke Nguyen of Fat Noodle) and Din Tai Fung express. It is also home to Sydney Lyric Theatre, where many popular musicals and performances are held.

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We hope you got some helpful tips on how to plan for your time in Sydney. TravelMustard helps you build out the perfect plan with plenty of flexibility in between, and you can share it with your friends and family so everyone is aware of the most up to date travels!

Our next blog is coming next week for #VividSydney part 2 - the music and performances (we're ready for you Solange!)