This time last year AJ and I were all excited about our upcoming trip to Sydney. We were looking forward to attending the Vivid Festival that is held in Sydney annually. I had seen others visitors photos in Instagram and videos on Youtube for a couple of years, but had never seemed to be able to be in town at the right time.
Last year we just happened to be passing through Sydney on our way to the Gold Coast, and decided to stay for a night so we could enjoy all that Vivid had to offer. I have to say, despite Sydney’s freezing cold temperatures, we loved every moment. With the festival starting again May 26th, I thought I would share a few tips for ways to enjoy the vivid festival that I gained from our experience last year.
DRESS IN WARM CLOTHING
Winter in Sydney can get quite cold, not cold enough to snow, but still below zero. Most of the installations can only be accessed by foot, so it’s in your best interest to keep yourself nice and warm. Wear a beanie, throw on a scarf and make sure you have a nice thick coat.
WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
I cannot stress this enough. There is A LOT of walking involved, the festival stretches all over the city. Even if you are only planning to stay in the CBD area, you will be walking most of the time and you will still be going home feeling like your feet need a holiday.
In 2016 there were 2.3 million visitors to the Vivid Festival. That is a lot of bodies to compete with, especially if you are planning to get some happy snaps of the event. Most of the major attractions are “lit up” from 6pm to 11pm. You would think that would be plenty of time, but it’s not. So if there is a particular attraction that you really want to see, I suggest trying to get there early, or if you can, stay for the weekend and do it in two days instead.
DOWNLOAD THE APP
Last year we downloaded the app, and we were so thankful that we did. The app is full of helpful information about the attractions and where to find them. If you are not a Sydney local (like us), chances are you will need help getting around. The app will also make you aware of other attractions around the city that you may not have been aware of. We’d had no idea that Taronga Zoo also had some installations, but we found out about it on the app.
Just to help you decide if you should go, here’s a few of our happy snaps from last year…