The must sees of VIVID!

If you haven’t already, you must go and see Vivid for its 10th year of spectacular lights, music and ideas. Running over 23 nights ending on the 16th of June there are so many installations to check out all across Sydney – both free and paid events. It’s only a short ferry ride over to Circular Quay where you can enjoy a cheeky craft beer from Manly’s very own 4 Pines Brewery!  Also this is a great time to take advantage of our current Winter special – stay 3 nights and receive $150 off your stay! Enquire here!



25th May – 16th June
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay

Skylark, created by Ian Reed of 32 Hundred Lighting, is a vast play of light incorporating interactive lighting of the bridge and Circular Quay skyscrapers. For the first time in Sydney Vivid history it incorporates a new, custom-built laser double the strength of any laser ever seen in Sydney Harbour. It will be positioned on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its beams will reach all around the Harbour.




The Garden of Sweeties
25th May – 16th June
The Rocks

A magical installation that is very popular with the kids, The Garden of Sweeties invites families and children to learn more about renewable energy in the form of solar panels, luminescent powder and mechanical energy. Represented in lollipops, striped candy canes and sweets scattered across a green corner of First Fleet Park.





Tumbalong Lights
25th May – 16th June
Darling Harbour

Tumbalong Lights is a collection of four under the sea themed installations to allow families and children to interact in awe and inspire fun and playfulness. The experiences will enchant children and those who are just young at heart with its innovative and inclusive design principles. Friday and Saturday nights will also feature a fireworks display at 8pm.




Purple Sneakers 12th Birthday
16th June
The Landsdowne Hotel
From $25

Starting as a weekly party featuring emerging club music, Purple Sneakers is back celebrating their 12th birthday as an official part of the Vivid festival. Their purpose is to showcase emerging club music from Australia and all around the world, they are the centre of a forward thinking, music loving community.





Iron & Wine
25th – 26th May
Sydney Opera House
From $49

Indie folk legend Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine is back after four years from his sold out Opera House debut. He opens Vivid LIVE with two intimate performances spanning his 16 year classic song writing career.





Game Changer: Dan Goods – NASA & CREATIVITY
3rd June
City Recital Hall
From $25

If you want to see how science and creativity come together then this is the talk for you! Dan Goods is the director of the Museum of Awe and the visual strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. You don’t even need to be a scientist, artist or a designer to appreciate his work, he likes to remind people of the beauty and gift of being alive.


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Manly Surf Side is the perfect location for a little getaway to visit wonderful events around Sydney and the Northern Beaches. Stay out of the hustle and bustle of busy Sydney city and stay right across Manly beach, it’s only a short ferry ride straight to the city to enjoy all the Vivid events! 

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