Vivid Sydney: where to play, stay, eat and drink

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If you’re considering a Sydney road trip, there’s never been a better time than now, with Vivid Sydney is transforming the city until Saturday June 18.

The Vivid Sydney 2022 program is jam-packed with new events, venues, performances and experiences, including the longest continuous light walk that winds its way from the Sydney Opera House to Central Station. But if you’d rather be in the heart of the action, here’s our guide to where to play, stay, eat and drink around Circular Quay.

To play

Lighting of the Sails

Each year, an internationally acclaimed artist is commissioned to create an original work of art to be projected onto the Sydney Opera House that captures the spirit of this iconic landmark recognized as Australia’s cultural epicenter.

Known as the lighting of the sails, this year Sydney-based creative technologists Curiious bring Martumili’s stunning collective painting to life. Yarrkalpa – Hunting ground, Parnngurr region 2013 through the spectacular veils, extending the stories of Martu artists beyond the walls of a gallery.

Learn more.

bright light walk

Creating a kaleidoscope of color across Sydney’s iconic locations and secret spaces, this year’s 8km Light Walk features over 50 installations and artwork projections, including one by Ken Done For Sydney with love at the customs, Convergence by Mandylights, and Sydney Infinite.

Get the details.

Vivid Sydney Supper Club

From 10 p.m. until late on Friday and Saturday nights during the festival, Mary’s Underground transforms into an intimate cabaret club. Hosted by Trevor Ashley, enjoy a curated program of acclaimed headliners alongside top jazz, cabaret, burlesque and comedy acts including Mahalia Barnes, Tim Freedman, Bob Downe and Emma Pask.

Learn more.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House

Hosted by Sydney Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, Vivid LIVE will transform the world-renowned building inside and out, celebrating artists at the forefront of their genres, with over 70 Australian and international artists presented in seven rooms of the Opera.

Discover more music here.

Lively Sydney Harbor cruise

Escape the crowds and explore Sydney Harbor’s waterways on a spectacular trip that showcases the stunning foreshore facilities. Be captivated by the magic of the Opera House, Harbor Bridge and more as they transform into spectacular web panels of light, music and 3D projections.

Book here.


Pullman Quay Greater Sydney

Want a front row seat to Vivid? There is no better than luxury Pullman Quay Greater Sydney. Avoid the crowds and watch the illuminations from your harbor-side balcony, or walk inside right outside your hotel door.

With over 200 floodlights shining over the harbour, over 20 interactive installations on Circular Quay and the MCA lit up from head to toe, this is the place to stay to make it a special weekend.

You can even enjoy an exclusive Vivid-inspired three-course menu at Q-Restoration.

61 Macquarie Street, Sydney |

To eat

Hinchcliff House

Grana, one of four Hinchcliff House sites.

This restored 1870s woolen shop just minutes from Circular Quay has been transformed into a multi-level restaurant and bar district.

There is a pocket cafe Mammoni Barserving a small breakfast menu, punusual astries, sliced ​​pizzas, salads, snacks, sandwiches…; Apollonia– an underground venue steeped in history offering a long list of spirits and adventurous Italian cocktails; lanaan Italian-Asian inspired gourmet restaurant, and Grana— an airy Italian restaurant accessible all day long, animated by fresh and high quality products.

Grana trevally fillet, speck, peas, fioretto, salmoriglio.

5 – 7 Young Street, Circular Quay |


Hacienda Hyde

Want to watch Vivid with a drink in your hand? Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge offers stunning harbor views as well as a dazzling cocktail menu (try the color-changing Vivid cocktail) and tantalizing South American-inspired dishes designed to be shared.

This pastel oasis with lush foliage, neon lights and private booths also features DJs and live music – it’s one of Circular Quay’s hidden gems!

Hyde Hacienda Crisp Cocktail

Vivid Sydney is streaming until Saturday, June 18, 2022. For more, go to

The HerCanberra team traveled to Vivid Sydney courtesy of Destination NSW.

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