Vivid Sydney sets the stage for the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas when Vivid returns from May 27 to June 18. Attracting about 1.7 million visitors to the city, the festival sees historic sights – including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, Taronga Zoo, the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – become canvases for brilliant light installations and projections. Enjoy the spectacle, without the crowds, at these events.
Choosing accommodation during Vivid Sydney is all about location. Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay has Harbour View Suites with a private balcony, while Pier One’s luxurious Harbour View Balcony Suite offers incredible views from your bathtub. Book now
Though no longer operational, Kirribilli’s Beulah Street Wharf provides a great vantage point for enjoying the lights of the CBD. Access the wharf via a staircase at the end of the street and set up your picnic on the grass.
Bennelong and Quay are the undisputed dining stars on Sydney Harbour but also consider booking a table at the Park Hyatt’s Dining Room for a taste of French-born chef Franck Detrait’s exquisite fare. Choose from a four- or six-course tasting menu with dishes such as Tasmanian salmon, déclinaison of radish and nashi, celeriac and green apple sabayon. The clincher? Its coveted position overlooking the Sydney Opera House sails.
Spotlight on art
On the last Friday of every month the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts Artbar, a pulsating after-hours event created by artists. On May 27, guest curator Huseyin Sami’s work illuminates the heritage-listed façade of the MCA, providing art, music and performance to coincide with Vivid’s opening night. Tickets are available online or at the door.