Top 8 Locations to See Vivid the Light Festival of Sydney

Where are the best places to see the spectacular Vivid lights in Sydney? We have got you covered with our top 7 locations to see the spectacle that is Vivid.

Light, music and ideas – welcome to Vivid, Sydney. Vivid, Sydney is one of the most exhilarating, unique and vibrant festivals in the world. The team @empireboatsales  has chosen our top 8 places in Sydney to view the spectacular Vivid lights around Sydney Harbour.

1/From your boat 

Clearly one great way to see Vivid is from your own boat !  Be mindful though that it’s going to be busy out there and there are regulations of where you can and cannot go ! Book a spot at Darling Harbour for the night to extend the event. See here for details of how to book a night there.

2/ Taronga Zoo

This is the perfect venue to explore Vivid, with giant light sculptures of endangered wildlife scattered through the zo o grounds. Last year Taronga Zoo amazed and delighted guests with it’s colossal animal sculptures. There is allocated tickets for this interactive and immersive event, so bookings are essential. Be sure to visit Taronga Zoo and meet a cast of captivating creatures.

3/ The Calyx

The Calyx is a unique venue within the Royal Botanic Gardens and on the doorstep of the Vivid Light Walk. Featuring their own Firefly installation within the venue’s winter floral exhibition, this is one venue to add to your Vivid schedule. The start of the light walk is minutes from the venue and the light walk itself includes12 stunning light installations scattered through the gardens.

4/ Luna Park

On the water’s edge in Milson’s Point, Luna Park offers incredible views of the Sydney Harbour. If you are looking to escape the crowds, we suggest booking dinner at The Deck and enjoy the Vivid light show as the background to your dinner.

5/ Cruise Bar

Situated at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Cruise Bar offers spectacular views of Vivid, encompassing the magnificent projection on the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Views also of MCA, Customs House, CBD venues and Sydney Harbour itself in all its glory.

6/ Aqua Dining

Located in Milson’s Point, Aqua Dining offers fantastic views of Sydney Harbour, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

7/ Sydney Bridge Climb

You can now experience Vivid like never before with a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. You can literally see all of the lights from the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge and dance on the 70’s style disco floor (just for something completely different). This very special experience and includes a souvenir photograph.

8/ Royal Botanic Gardens

If you are looking for Instagram worthy pics, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the place to go. With interactive displays throughout the garden, this is one of the most beautiful spaces to see Sydney lit up.


There are many gorgeous locations to view Vivid and it one light show that you simply should not miss. One final tip, you can download the Vivid, Sydney app on the App Store or Google Play.

Wishing you all a great night out at Vivid !

From the Empire Marina Bobbin Head and Empire Boat Sales Team