Spark your sense of wonder and see Sydney transform into a playground of light, while basing yourself at the centre of the action!
Vivid Sydney is returning in 2022 after a two-year hiatus, with a huge program of exciting experiences, from dazzling light installations and 3D projection artworks, to eclectic music events and thought-provoking ideas talks and workshops from 27 May to 18 June.
The popular annual festival is set to see one of its busiest years yet, so best to plan your Vivid experience ahead of time and immerse yourself in style with a Sydney city stay experience! Here’s just a handful of reasons to book yourself a room in Darling Harbour during the festival.
1. Stay at the event epicentre
Don’t do Vivid by halves. Get the very best from your experience by basing yourself at the centre of the action. One of the key locations of this year’s Vivid Sydney, Darling Harbour will be packed with festival highlights such Sydney Infinity, the largest ‘liquid and light show’ ever seen in Australian history with 48 compressed-air water cannons blasting water up to 80 metres into the air above the harbour, and show-stopping installations and projections featured as part of the festival’s most popular fixture, the 8km-long Vivid Light Walk. Take a look at what’s taking place in the precinct here.
2. Choose from 150+ dine and drink experiences
From waterfront dining and balcony bars to some of Sydnehy’s best hole-in-the-wall eateries, Darling Harbour has it all. There are more than 150 different drinking and dining venues to choose from in the precinct, many with water views so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Vivid with a wine in hand over a delicious meal. How very civilised!
3. Avoid the commute & crowds
There’s no denying it, Vivid gets busy. Like 2.4 million people throughout the festival busy. So by basing yourself in Darling Harbour, you can get in early and skip the battle with city-bound traffic, busy incoming public transport and a fight for parking. Likewise, when you’ve had your fill of light for the night, you can make a dash out of the crowds and zip straight to your hotel on foot within minutes.
4. Jump straight onto the harbour
Some festival highlights are best seen from the water, and in Darling Harbour, there’s a plethora of ways to get out onto the harbour. Private pontoons and wharfs give access to chartered boat experiences and floating luxury crafts, while Darling Harbour and Pyrmont have multiple public ferry wharves providing quick access to all key locations of the festival across the city.
5. Explore it all on foot
If you want to tackle multiple Vivid locations in one night, it’s totally doable starting from Darling Harbour and Pyrmont. You can easily reach and meander adjoining Barangaroo, The Rocks and Circular Quay precincts. Then the final festival hotspot of Luna Park is a quick hop across the harbour on a ferry, then back across to one of the wharves at Darling Harbour and Pyrmont.
6. See the lights without leaving your room
Find yourself a hotel room which looks out to the harbour and city, and you won’t even need to leave those four walls in order to see the sights of Vivid! Better yet, hunt down a room which offers views from a private balcony complete with table and chairs. You could even do it all in your PJs!
7. Best access to Tumbalong Nights
Predicted to be one of the most popular experiences at Vivid Sydney, Tumbalong Nights is a series of free live shows held each Wednesday to Saturday night of the festival in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park. See performances from an array of top Australian performers, right in the heart of the Light Walk. See the line up here. Plus, head down early to catch some of Australia’s best acts for children each Saturday right before lights on.
For more information about this year’s Vivid Sydney, head to www.vividsydney.com.
Get a room
Our picks of the best rooms to stay in at Aiden Darling Harbour during Vivid would have to be The Urban Planner – some have excellent city views – and for something extra special The Balcony with your own private open-air balcony looking out onto Darling Harbour.
Stay more than one night and be rewarded with our “Two Nights Or More” package with 15% off your accommodation, from $211 per night.
Or you can keep it short and sweet with our Bed & Breakfast package which includes overnight accommodation and breakfast in our Wayfarers Bar & Cafe.