We did Vivid Darling Harbour last night with Miss nearly 6 and Mr 1.5 and it was so enjoyable! Just wanted to share our experience and tips so you can enjoy it too…

Vivid Sydney at Darling Harbour

We drove in (no traffic) to Darling Harbour and arrived at 5:30pm. Parking at Wilson Carpark – Darling Park was easy, with pre-booking and plenty of spaces. The pre-booked online price for Saturday night was $12.50. We then had dinner at the Blackbird Cafe, which we made a reservation for. Service was quick service and the food was great. Fuelled up, we started our Vivid journey around Darling Harbour at about 6:30pm.

First stop was an interactive lights display at Cockle Bay. You can squeeze paint into a disc, which projects onto a screen.

Vivid Sydney at Darling Harbour

Walking around Darling Harbour, there is an ocean themed water fountain, light and laser display on the water.

At Tumbalong Park, there is a great enclosed area with four interactive, under-the-sea-themed installations. It is an inclusive and accessible Vivid Lights experience that is wonderful for families of all abilities.

  • In the Scale of the Sea: an ‘ocean bed’ of corals and sea creatures and kelp ‘trees’, with a giant, circular musical keyboard around the outside. You can play beautiful tunes, and a little light show.
  • Beneath the Sea: families can experience the simple beauty of the aquatic landscape that lies under the waters of Sydney Harbour and select colours for this gentle, sensory play space.
  • Enchanted Garden: a glowing underwater colourful garden of illuminated sea plants.
  • Ride Into the Night: think suburban roller rink but with a difference – wheelchairs! Ride the oceans in sessions of up to three minutes, with a maximum of 10 participants on the rink for each session.

You can then head back or walk around to the other side of Pyrmont Bridge. There you will find the Blue Planet II projected onto the rooftop of the Maritime Museum.

We finished up at 8pm with the fireworks by the water, which is on Friday and Saturday nights. There were big crowds after that but it keeps moving and there’s security everywhere. We left at about 8:15pm and had no traffic getting out! The carpark is close to the road leading up to Anzac Bridge so a smooth ride home.

So our advice is, go early, pre-book parking and make a dinner reservation, unless you want to take a picnic dinner. Plus make sure to rug up.

Getting to Vivid at Darling Harbour

We drove in and parked at Wilson Carpark – Darling Park, which is right near Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour.