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I’ve only been in Australia for almost three years now, two years in Sydney, and sad to say I haven’t been around that much. I’m a homebody and I seldom go out to take pictures or attend a social gathering for friends and family. Finally, this June 2016, my wife and I were finally able to go and stroll around the city during Vivid Sydney 2016. So this post is going to be more of a tourist mode rather than somebody who knows a lot about this Lights, Music, and Ideas Festival of Sydney.
According to the website:
Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music, and ideas.
My wife and I only had one night to visit during this year’s festival so we were mostly into the Lights part of the festival although there were some Ideas along the way. We started our windy-cold night stroll at Wynyard station. We met up with a friend of mine at work over there together with his sister and her boyfriend. From Wynyard, we made a detour all the way to Barangaroo Reserve through Millers Point. We followed Hickson Road to find ourselves in Dawes Point and under the magnificently lighted Sydney Harbour Bridge. Under the bridge, we took some photos of Luna Park across us and also some of the boats passing by which also had some pretty lights on them.
We first made it through this route because it would give us the best view for photos of the Sydney Opera House. Also making our night were the food trucks parked along Hickson Road. We had ourselves some hot burgers, sausage, and fries to keep warm during this very cold night in winter. We took a bit of time here where we shot photos of the Opera House until we were tired and shivering.
Vivid Sydney Botanical Gardens and Opera House
We then decided to walk our way to the Botanical Gardens through the Circular Quay and the Opera House. The Circular Quay was beautiful with all the tall buildings behind it lit up in vibrant colors. There were thousands of people in the Quay and walking through was not a breeze, everybody was elbow-to-elbow. We finally found our way to the Opera House where we had a very good view of the Harbour Bridge with all its glorious colours. We didn’t stay long in front of the Opera House because we wanted to see what was in store for us in the Botanical Gardens.
The Botanical Gardens were full of light and they were creatively incorporated with the trees and plants around the garden. They had this arc of light they called the Cathedral of Light which if viewed on one side will give you a very beautiful view of the Sydney Opera House. Other installations include Synthesis and the Electric Garden.
Our Vivid Sydney experience was breath-taking and we were mostly left in awe with how the creative artists were able to combine technology with the immediate surroundings and nature. We will definitely go again next year and maybe this time visit more of the attractions rather than be contained in just one.
Here’s the route we took.
Here are some of the photos I took during the stroll. You can also find a high-resolution copy of them here on Flickr.