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. As the sun goes down from 24 May to 15 June, Barangaroo’s waterfront will turn into an illuminated promenade, while Exchange Place will be transformed into a wondrous Winter Camp inspired by the changing seasons.

Here are 5 reasons not to miss it!

1. Marri Dyin is coming back for dinner!

She's back! Due to popular demand, Marri Dyin, the breathtaking, larger-than-life puppet that made her debut at The Streets last year is back at The Streets for an encore performance as part of Vivid Sydney 2019. 

Creators Erth Visual & Physical Inc, Mandylights and Jacob Nash combine their artistry to honour the fact that we stand on the land of the oldest continually living culture. Marri Dyin (pronounced Mahr-ee Djin), means ‘Great Woman’ in Sydney Aboriginal language. One of the largest puppets constructed in Australia, this six-metre tall contemporary spirit reveals the influence and importance of First Nations women, including Barangaroo, after whom the site is named. 

From Monday to Wednesday, Marri Dyin sits in still contemplation by the campfire. During Thursday to Sunday evening performances, she invites audiences to join in the practice of hunting and gathering before kneeling down so children can share a magical moment with her.

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.

Think glow-in-the-dark desserts, colour-changing tea, galaxy smores, cocktails that sparkle and change colour. There are delicious options at all price points with front row seats overlooking Barangaroo and even a one-of-a-kind dining in the dark experience. 

Taking inspiration from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Untied serves up vibrant galaxy marshmallow ‘smore’. Wash it down with a ‘will I dream?’ charcoal coloured cocktail with stunning edible flowers.

At 12-Micron, art, food and champagne lovers unite! Globally renowned French Champagne house Perrier-Jouët collaborates with one of Barangaroo’s top restaurants to deliver an immersive and multi-sensory culinary experience throughout Vivid. 12-Micron's private dining room and bar is transformed from 24 May – 15 June into a light exhibition where a ‘dining in the dark’ series artfully combines gastronomy, music, art and light.

The Butcher's Block serve a set menu for Vivid Sydney that is sure to delight both your eyes and your palate. If brightly coloured dishes are your choice, head here for dishes such as beetroot cured trout and crumbed mozzarella as well as calamari and crispy kale with black garlic aioli and zesty lime.

Phomo illuminates the waterfront with bright palm trees and a Vivid Sydney inspired coconut mojito lit up from the glass. Rainbow fried rice is served every night to soak up the cocktails and celebrate the festival. 

Lotus serve up a Vivid Sydney inspired menu with vegetarian goddess and seafood rainbow dumplings and  ‘Bright Surprise’ for dessert made from a cherry mousse and chocolate sponge.

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4. ... or thirsty! 

From colour-changing tea to cocktails that glow and sparkle, there is no shortage of delicious and colourful ways to elevate your Vivid experience at Barangaroo. 

Banksii return with an illuminated fairy floss and spritz cart. This year there will be three new cocktails to try including a Riserva Sangria, an aromatic Martini and the Banksii Blue.

love. fish share three Vivid Sydney inspired Chandon cocktails including golden wattle, a refreshing Chandon blanc de blanc, marionette apricot brandy, and castanga bianco, a cucumber and cardamom mix. 

The Rabbit Hole serve a Vivid Sydney butterfly pea flower tea. With just a squeeze of lemon, this tea will surprise and delight, changing colour from blue to purple to pink. 

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4. Your Instagram will look pretty

Your Instagram feed is guaranteed to be filled with all the colours of the rainbow this Vivid season. So grab your foodie friends, get you cameras out and prepare to get snapping.


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.


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 2019, Vivid Sydney will be held from 24 May-15 June. The event, now in its 11th 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.