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Plan Your Family-Friendly Vivid Night Out!

After ten years and still going strong, Vivid Sydney is back again to illuminate the city with multimedia lightshows, music, art, talks and ideas.

Right at the heart of the action, Darling Harbour is hosting all kinds of luminous events for the entire family. Think lasers and fountains, water features and bio-luminescent underwater creatures, dancing headlights and spectacular projections. Plus amazing sensory installations to explore, like an enchanted undersea glowing garden and a sea floor with soft, flowing currents, bubbles, sea grass and sea life. And that’s just the start of it! Let’s dive in…

What’s On

Fantastic Oceans

A walk through Darling Harbour becomes a dream-like dive into the ocean depth as Fantastic Oceans brings a story from the underwater world to the surface of Cockle Bay. This art-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser experience celebrates an environment where bio-luminescent creatures live deep beneath the ocean.

Blue Planet II at Australian National Maritime Museum

Projected onto the iconic rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum, BBC Earth and Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II takes us into the fascinating world beneath the waves. This spectacular projection guides us on a journey to the deep at the most crucial time in our ocean’s history. Check out the free viewing vantage point from the Action Stations Lookout on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tumbalong Lights

The four under-the-sea-themed installations of Tumbalong Lights allow children and their families to interact with creative, awe-inspiring light experiences that help produce a sense of empowerment, a sense of control and a sense of community, while at the same time inspiring fun and playfulness.

And for the first time at Vivid Sydney, Tumbalong Lights offers an opportunity for families who have children with a disability to pre-book tickets free-of-charge to ensure a seamless festival experience. Head here to book your tickets.

Light Playground

Head to Darling Quarter’s Light Playground and dance with the colours of the rainbow at Rainbow Shadow Disco – watch dance moves come alive in colour while bopping away to funky tunes. Inspire your creativity with the Giant Light Bright activation, an over-sized LED light pegboard, and immerse your senses with the Light Bubble Forest, a sensory experience that creates thousands of bubbles that change colours as they flow upwards.

Liquid Light

Create aquatic art with bioluminescence at this low-fi interactive liquid light show inspired by one of nature’s great beauties – the humble jellyfish. At Liquid Light, art, nature, science and technology collides in an explosion of colour and activity at Cockle Bay Wharf’s Town Centre, where you can get hands-on and become a part of the art curation process.

Luminous at Darling Quarter

Constructed from a whopping 557 LED lights, Luminous at Darling Quarter offers a shimmering interactive canvas for everyone to play with. Powered by 100% renewable energy generated by solar panels affixed to the roof, this brilliant digital façade showcases unprecedented advancements in green energy technology.


It wouldn’t be Vivid Sydney at Darling Harbour without Friday and Saturdy night fireworks! Grab the family a ringside seat around Cockle Bay, or settle in for a bite to eat in one of the many harbourside restaurants, and enjoy an amazing fireworks display that lights up the night sky.

Getting Here

Getting to, from and around Darling Harbour is an absolute (sea) breeze. You can travel by train, bus or light rail, or stroll from Sydney’s CBD. There’s no better excuse for enjoying the harbour—arrive in Darling Harbour’s Cockle Bay by water taxi, ferry or harbour cruise. There are also several secure car parks in and around Darling Harbour. Check out all our transport info here!


There are so many family-friendly food options at Darling Harbour! Whether you want to dine in or dine out, or enjoy a delightful delicacy while you wander about, there’s something for everyone. Check out all our eateries here, and make sure you take advantage of Gelatissimo’s 20%-off Vivid discount! They’re even offering free toppings, which makes it that much sweeter.

Get more information about Vivid Sydney at Darling Harbour here.

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