Darling Harbour | Vivid Sydney 2023 | Sydney

Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light where technology, art, and commerce intersect. This year it was celebrated from 26th May to 17th June 2023. I couldn’t visit all the popular spots like Opera House or Botanic Garden, but witnessed the amazing light show at Darling Harbour.

This year I went with my family. After getting down at Townhall station, we walked along the street near Queen Victoria building and had a quick evening snack at the food court. This was the first time we brought our toddler to this part of the city. He was so excited to see tall buildings, trams running on the road, and people walking around him.

Sydney Queen Victoria building with a tram

We reached Darling Harbour just in time to catch the vibrant purple color at sunset. I could never get enough of winter sunsets. They are so vibrant and beautiful.

purple sunset at darling harbour in sydney

The skyscrapers were gradually lighting up. As we walked towards the bridge, I could see the buildings of Sofitel and Radisson light up in the trademark vivid colors of blue and purple.

Darling Harbour Vivid Sydney 2023
Darling Harbour Vivid Sydney 2023 Sofitel
Sofitel at Darling Harbour Vivid Sydney

The light show started at 6 pm. We decided to watch the show from the bridge as it was less crowded. The show continues every half an hour until 11 pm so you have plenty of time to watch it and explore other shows and exhibits.

Darling Harbour Vivid Sydney 2023 Australia
Darling Harbour Vivid Sydney

Elemental – Australia’s largest ever choreographed liquid light show that combines 80-meter water shooters, flames, projection, and pyro technics over Cockle Bay. Fireworks were my toddler’s favorite and he watched it with a big smile on his face.

Darling Harbour Cockle Bay Vivid Sydney

On the other side of the harbor, the Australian Maritime  Museum turned into a canvas for dazzling light projection. Harbour Life – a beautiful representation of Australia’s maritime environment.

Australia Maritime Museum Darling Harbour Sydney

My toddler was jubilant when he spotted the projection of a turtle swimming along the side of the boat. He pointed out jellyfish and sting rays too.

I loved watching the harbor lit up against the night sky. It’s a remarkable sight that I don’t get to see much since working from home.

We stayed until the first show, chatting and enjoying some Doritos. After which we made our way back home. It felt good to enjoy an evening in the city with my family.

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