Wondering when is the best time to visit the bustling city of Sydney? Then lock your dates down for mid-year to turn your break into a vibrant and memorable vacation.
Happening from May 26 to June 18, Vivid Sydney is Australia’s biggest event, celebrating lights, music and ideas in a single festivity.
Every year, this magical event transforms Sydney into a colourful, bedazzling outdoor art exhibition with mega light installations and projections on famous buildings, including the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House.
The best part? It’s a public event with a mix of free and ticketed attractions for everyone to enjoy.
Here are three reasons to head to Vivid Sydney this year.
1. Discover the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas
Vivid Sydney 2017 will enthral you in many ways through its celebration of lights, music and ideas. First, soak up the atmosphere by simply strolling along the Sydney Harbour, where you can interact with light installations and enjoy music performances.
Then, move on to an alfresco dining experience in a waterfront restaurant. This is when the Sydney skyline becomes an open-air show stage for your dinner-time entertainment.
Next, cap the evening with a harbour cruise, where you get to sail past the Sydney Opera House and right under the multicoloured Sydney Harbour Bridge which is lit with flashy hues.
Vivid cruise sailing past The Rocks. Photo: Destination NSW
The Cathedral of Light installation in The Royal Botanic Garden, Vivid Sydney. Photo: Destination NSW
2. Be fascinated by migrating whales
Whale watching at Port Stephens. Photo: Imagine Cruises/Stephen Murray
The magic of Vivid Sydney just gets bigger when the humpback whales start to visit the coastlines of New South Wales (NSW). Sometimes, they even venture right into the Sydney Harbour!
Every year between May and November, these migrating whales swim from the Antarctic waters up north to mate and give birth before returning back down to the Southern Ocean. Watch the NSW coastlines come alive as these friendly giants perform spectacular acrobatic displays in the sparkling waters.
For any wildlife lover out there, a whale-watching cruise is a definite must-do for the opportunity to see them up close.
3. Experience winter magic in the great outdoors
The Three Sisters, at the Blue Mountains. Photo: Destination NSW
While the spectacular light shows of Vivid Sydney would excite anyone looking for a dazzling experience, Sydney’s magic is enhanced by its romantic setting of a cool, mild Australian winter.
It’s the perfect excuse to get away from the local warm weather and humidity.
Escape into wild by spending a day or two with the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains. Known for its magnificent limestone cliffs and crisp eucalyptus-scented air, be prepared to be enchanted by its dramatic scenery.
Visit Scenic World to ride the world’s steepest railway into the valleys, or hop on Australia’s highest cableway for superb views of the iconic Three Sisters. After a day of adventure, relax indoors by a warm fireplace, the perfect way to spend a magical winter evening.
Sunset in the Blue Mountains. Photo: Destination NSW
Looking to join in on these fun festivities? Head over to Vivid Sydney 2017 by hopping onto one of AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur to Sydney flights that runs 14 weekly, with all-in fares from RM425 till March 12. For more details, visit airasia.com/Sydney.
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