Vivid Sydney

Australia celebrates 10 Years of Vivid Sydney Festival

Australia celebrates the 10th anniversary of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of lights, music and ideas. For 23 nights from May 25 to June 16, Vivid Sydney lights up Australia’s most iconic city with over 90 light displays. Lights are on display across the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, and Luna Park.


Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney, world’s largest festival of lights, music and ideas will run from May 25 to June 16.

Last year’s Vivid Sydney broke records. Over 2.3 million attendees injected $140 million into the local economy. The festival’s Dreamscape installation also broke the Guinness World Record for the largest interactive lighting display. It had more than 124,000 lights in a single artwork.


The full festival programme also includes more than 120 music gigs and nearly 300 speakers at events.

To celebrate Vivid’s 10-year anniversary, Tourism Australia puts a spotlight on Australia’s top lightshows, both natural and man-made.

Field of Light 
Uluru, Northern Territory

English artist Bruce Munro is responsible for the internationally-acclaimed Field of Light. Set at the glittering base of Uluru, this jaw-dropping art installation has more than 50,000 solar-powered stems. It covers an area the size of four football fields, lighting up at sunset and glowing throughout the night. More information here.

Enlighten Canberra Vivid Sydney
Enlighten Canberra

Enlighten Canberra
Australian Capital Territory

Named one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, the reputation of Canberra for cool continues to soar. See Australia’s capital in a different light at the annual Enlighten Festival. For this festival, Canberra is illuminated with light, culture and creativity. More info here.

Aurora Australis Vivid Sydney
Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

You’ve heard of the Northern Lights. Did you know that the Aurora Australis lights up Australian skies? Like its Northern Hemisphere counterpart, the Southern Lights paint the night sky in colour. But unlike Aurora Borealis, which is heavily subject to seasons, the Aurora Australis can be viewed all year round.

Head to Tasmania from May to August and visit Bruny Island, Satellite Island, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Bathurst Harbour or Tasmania’s central highlands for the best chance to catch nature’s own lightshow. More information here.

Gawler Ranges, Eyre Peninsula
South Australia

Gawler Ranges Vivid Sydney
Gawler Ranges

See the outback sky ablaze with the light of a billion stars in the Galaxy Suite at the Swagon at Kangaluma Camp. This is on the Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari in South Australia. It’s a renovated covered wagon with mesh walls so you’re protected from the elements. But you’ve still got a million-star view of the sky from your bed. More information here.

Climb to the moon
Broome, Western Australia

Climb to the Moon Vivid Sydney
Climb to the Moon

Every full moon, from March to October, something special happens in Broome. As the moon rises, its light reflects off the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay. This creates a “staircase” leading up to the moon. This natural phenomenon is just one part of the town’s long-running Festival of the Pearl. This is a nine-day celebration of Broome’s culture and history with music, food and art events. More information here.

Winter Wonderlights
Ballarat, Victoria

Visitors come wrapped up to enjoy a fun-filled day of Christmas in July. The celebrations come complete with faux snowfalls and warming winter fare. At dusk, the magic of the ‘Winter Wonderlights’ begins. The site lights up with over 20 grand-scale projections, creating one of Australia’s largest lighting spectacles staged on one site. The lights are set across a twinkling backdrop of cottage gardens lit by over 15 kilometers of fairy lightsMore information here.

New Year’s Eve
Sydney, New South Wales 

New Year's Eve Vivid Sydney
New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney. Midnight comes earlier to Sydney than almost any other major international city. Close to midnight, around a million people flock to Sydney Harbour to see the dazzling annual fireworks.

The 2018 display contained around eight tonnes of fireworks, produced 100,000 pyrotechnic effects and cost $7 million (£3.9 million). Relive the 2017 New Year’s Eve in Sydney by clicking here.

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne Vivid Sydney
White Night Melbourne

Discover Melbourne by night at this unique February event. White Night Melbourne runs from dusk until dawn, and over 100 events are organized. Cultural institutions offer outdoor light displays, street performances, urban adventure and fashion experiences. More information here.

Vivid Sydney
New South Wales

Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney

Over 2.3 million visitors attended Vivid Sydney 2017 to see hundreds of light shows projected onto buildings and public spaces. Giant light animals took over Taronga Zoo, fantastic flora and fauna claimed the Sydney Opera House and giant eyes appeared in the Botanic Gardens. This year, those who climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during Vivid can celebrate on a 1970s style, multi-coloured light-up dance floor, 134 metres in the air. More information here.

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