Sydney: Vivid 2018

Ember on The Government House

After our first Vivid experience was mostly rained out in 2016 we decided to give it another go. We read that the festival attracts 2.5 million spectators and arrived prepared for chaos, but the event organisers shepherded us through circular quay and the botanic gardens in the same direction to minimise congestion. It worked. While there were queues for many of the interactive displays, we were able to view everything without feeling crowded.

On this trip we also explored a couple new neighbourhoods. On Saturday evening we had an amazing meal at a Malaysian BYO in Chatswood, then wandered around their Vivid installations. All were conveniently located near the train station. On Sunday we walked to Surray Hills for Bacon Ooze Fest, a daytime Vivid event. Cuckoo Calley put together a special menu full of pork and bacon. This was a delicious way to wind up our weekend away.

Dates: 1-3 June 2018
Travel with: Allen and the Marshalls, met up with the Dickmans
Weather: Friday was pleasant, cool & dry; Saturday was overcast with a few showers; Sunday had early showers then sunshine; 50s-low 60s
Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Rocks YHA

Future Scape


  • Coogee to Bondi coastal walk
  • Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral
  • Surrey Hills
  • Pitt Street Mall
  • Vivid light walks including
    • Chatswood
    • Circular Quay
    • Botanic Gardens
    • Darling Harbour

Food & Drink:

  • Berlin Bangers food truck, Circular Quay
  • Endeavour Brewery, The Rocks (!)
  • Anita, Bondi Beach (excellent gelato!)
  • Bavarian Bondi Beach
  • Bacon Ooze Fest at Cuckooo Callay (!)
  • Georgie Boy’s Coffee Co
  • Coogee Pavillion (aka ‘The Pav’) (!)
  • Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel claims to be the oldest brew pub in Australia

Transportation: Air New Zealand, public bus and train, heaps of walking