Sydney’s Vivid Festival of Lights 2017

Sydney Vivid Cockle Bay Wharf

It was good news for this year’s Vivid Light Festival as it was extended to run over 3 weeks, with a new light installation area at the Barangaroo precinct. We visited on a weeknight and the lights still pulled a large crowd.

The Barangaroo walk along the harbour was quite pretty, with hanging manta rays lining the street and the ground lighting up with blue lights that mimicked water ripples.

Sydney Vivid Barangaroo Walk

There was a small queue to experience the Trapdoor, a floor of changing scenes made with lights.

Sydney Vivid BarangarooTrapdoor

The walk through the A Day in the Light installation was a little surreal, with man-made mist and an accompanying soundtrack adding to the lights experience.

Sydney Vivid Barangaroo A Day in the Light

Up around Circular Quay, there was a light maze for the kids and a giant set of pendulum balls that changed colour.

The Opera House and Harbour Bridge once again put on a show, the sails melding through a collage of colourful patterns and pictures.

Sydney Vivid Circular Quay 1

Sydney Vivid Circular Quay 2

Sydney Vivid Harbour Bridge

Sydney Vivid Harbour Bridge Projection

Sydney Vivid Opera House Back

We took some time to walk through the exhibits in the Botanical Gardens. There were several cute and colourful light and sound displays aptly involving flora and fauna.

Sydney Vivid Royal Botanical Gardens Kiwis

Sydney Vivid Royal Botanical Gardens Waratah

Sydney Vivid Royal Botanical Gardens Birds

Sydney Vivid Royal Botanical Gardens Tree Lights

The atmosphere was especially magical at night. The highlights for me were the Sunflowers and the Spreading Life dandelion display.

Sydney Vivid Royal Botanical Gardens Spreading Life Blow

Sydney Vivid Royal Botanical Gardens Spreading Life Dandelions

There were plenty more to see, with installations at the Rocks and Darling Harbour.

Chatswood has embraced the Vivid Festival, with its own displays – though they weren’t as spectacular as those in the city.

There are only 2 days left until the end of the festival, so be sure to stop by before the lights go out for another year.

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