5 reasons not to miss Vivid Sydney at Barangaroo

The Barangaroo precinct is back again for Vivid Sydney, the world’s biggest festival of light, music and ideas, celebrating 10 years in 2018. As the sun goes down from 25 May to 16 June, Barangaroo’s waterfront will turn into an illuminated promenade, inspired by water, earth and fire.

Here are 5 reasons not to miss it!

1. There's a giant puppet!

The star attraction of Vivid Sydney at Barangaroo will undoubtedly be The Liminal Hour, a giant luminescent puppet that will be venturing along the Wulugul Walk waterfront. In a theatrical display of sound and light, the puppet comes to life through a talented team of performers – and if you listen closely, you’ll even hear the sounds of birds and the sea.

A collaboration between Erth, Jacob Nash and Mandylights, The Liminal Hour is inspired by the cycle of regeneration through fire and the history of the Barangaroo site – so the different layers of sound and light are designed to evoke the lush landscape of Sydney Harbour and its waterways.
Artist Impression of The Liminal Hour in Barangaroo (1)

2. You won't go hungry...

If there’s one thing we know about The Streets, it’s that you’d be hard-pressed not to find something delicious to eat while you’re strolling around – and this year at Vivid Sydney will be no different. From hatted restaurants to casual eateries, serving dishes inspired by Istanbul, New Orleans, Barcelona, Tokyo and more, there’s bound to be something here to suit your tastebuds. Or if you’re just looking for somewhere to take in the sights and sounds with a drink in hand, we’ve got plenty of places where you can do that too!

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3. ...and neither will the kids

One of the best things about Vivid Sydney is its ability to delight and entertain visitors of all ages – and if you’re bringing the kids along to see the lights, chances are they’ll need to refuel at some point in the evening. If you’re wondering where to grab a quick meal for the family during Vivid Sydney, you’ll be glad to hear that Barangaroo’s food court, The Canteen, will be open from Thursday to Saturday, 5pm-9pm during the festival.

There’ll be affordable, healthy meals available from The Canteen’s outlets – including Costi’s Fish & Chips, Iron Grill, Ipoh Town, Sushi Hon, Holy Basil and more – all ranging from $10-$15; as well as $10 kids’ meals that include a meal, drink and toy. To keep them occupied (we know how short their attention spans can be sometimes!), there’ll also be entertainment each night including live music, face painting and more.

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4. Your Instagram will look pretty

Not only does Barangaroo have a great selection of restaurants and eateries – many of them are getting into the Vivid Sydney spirit with a range of colourful things to eat and drink! If rainbow sliders, glow in the dark fairy floss or colour-changing cocktails sound like something you (and your Instagram feed) might like, hit the link below to check out the full list of Vivid-inspired products at Barangaroo.

What to eat & drink at Vivid Sydney at Barangaroo


Vivid 2018 products

5. It's easy to get to

With road closures in place during Vivid Sydney, it’s best to leave the car at home – but thankfully, Barangaroo is easily accessible by ferry, train, bus and on foot.

We’re only a 4-minute walk away from Wynyard Train Station via the underground, pedestrian-only Wynyard Walk tunnel; or if you’re coming from the Eastern Suburbs, Manly or along the Parramatta River, you can arrive right on our doorstep at the Barangaroo Ferry Hub! There’ll also be extra transport services during the festival - to see your transport options, check out our interactive map or transport options page.
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Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas – and is the largest of its kind in the world and now the largest event in Australia. In 2018, Vivid Sydney will be held from 25 May-16 June. The event, now in its 10th year, is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. From 6pm each night, light installations and projections illuminate the world famous Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Taronga Zoo.