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VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise

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New South Wales, Australia
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Cruise around Sydney Harbour on a 1-hour evening boat excursion that gives you front row seats for the spectacular light displays of the VIVID Sydney festival. Drinks are available for purchase, sip a glass of wine, beer or soft drink while you admire the artworks that light up iconic structures including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay among others. Your cruise ends at Darling Harbour, where you can continue to explore VIVID installations along the illuminated waterfront at your leisure.
  • 1-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour for VIVID Sydney
  • Take in unobstructed views of the light shows at VIVID Sydney, one of Australia’s favorite annual arts festivals
  • Admire mesmerizing light projections displayed on the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • See some of the 50+ light creations made by artists from around the world
  • Stroll along the waterfront after your cruise to see installations from Darling Harbour to The Rocks
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One hour VIVID lights Sydney Harbour cruise
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
King Street Wharf 1 , New South Wales, Australia

Please check in at our Captain Cook Cruises ticket office opposite King Street Wharf 1, Darling Harbour. The office is located between Bungalow 8 and Beer Deluxe.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to Kings Street Wharf to board the spacious motorized cruiser for your 1-hour VIVID Sydney cruise.

Take your choice of indoor or outdoor seating, and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, sparkling water or soda as you set out on the harbor (beverages are available for purchase at the full bar). Your vessel heads for prime spots to see the colorful light displays that are at the heart of the VIVID festival.

VIVID Sydney started in 2009 and has become the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Iconic structures light up with colorful projections, with the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Customs House and National Maritime Museum among the most famous Sydney landmarks that are part of VIVID.

When your boat returns to Darling Harbour, you can step off the boat and stroll into one of VIVID’s most colorful districts. Make your own way to your next destination from Darling Harbour.

If you want to see more lights, walk along the waterfront or stop into one of the numerous cafes and restaurants for great views of the festival’s video projections, lasers and fireworks. You can head towards Observatory Park and Circular Quay to catch more color-drenched outdoor sculptures made by artists from all over the world.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Sydney Harbour
See the lights of Vivid Sydney as your cruise Sydney Harbour
Stop At:  
Vivid Sydney
Experience VIVID Sydney 2020
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Darling Harbour
Vivid Lights cruises depart Darling Harbour King St Wharf No.1 nightly during Vivid.
Pass By:  
Captain Cook Cruises
Take in the lights of Vivid as you cruise by the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Sydney Opera House.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is casual
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not all vessels are fully wheelchair accessible for this tour. Please contact our friendly reservations team for more information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Cook Cruises
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitisation during VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise?
    A:The policies on sanitisation are:

    • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
    See all safety measures taken by VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise.

    Traveller Tips


    • "can recommend this attraction great viewing of the Vivid attractions left on time returned on time .Great vantage from the Harbour" See review

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    star-5
    Lost ring
    Lorel_G
    , Jun. 2022
    12th June 2022. Only downside my friend lost her diamond eternity ring - appreciate if anyone found please return to Captain Cook cruises to contact me. Apart from that Views and aspect were perfect from the harbour for viewing the lights. Ran smoothly and to time .
    star-4
    Great views- Slightly Overpriced
    Tyler_E
    , Jun. 2022
    A little expensive for what it is- the views were great though. We ended up having fantastic weather for the evening.
    star-2
    There wasn’t a lot to see
    kerry_l
    , Jun. 2022
    Boat we went on as it was spacious and clean The opera house lights were probably the second best thing
    star-5
    Stunning
    Sarah_Q
    , Jun. 2019
    Even though the weather was terrible the cruise was the perfect way to see the lights of vivid. The tour was well organised, we left on time and spent a decent amount of time on the harbour to see everything from all sides.
    star-5
    Great experience
    Lisa_H
    , Jun. 2019
    First time to Vivid, lovely way to see the lights, had a great time. Was able to see all the lights without people getting in the way.
    star-5
    well organised
    Donald_H
    , Jun. 2019
    can recommend this attraction great viewing of the Vivid attractions left on time returned on time .Great vantage from the Harbour
    star-5
    Perfect way to see the lights!
    Christine A
    , Jun. 2019
    Our first time seeing the VIVID lights and I would highly recommend it. It was an outstanding view - not overly crowded. We took the last cruise of the night and had half price house wine and beer. Breathtakingly lovely.
    star-5
    Excellent Harbor Cruise
    Sandeep_S
    , Jun. 2019
    We are visiting Australia as a family. The harbor cruise with the Vivid light show is a great way to highlight the attractions located around the harbor. Views of the opera house and bridge were amazing. Not sure how they managed to achieve an arc of light across the bay, but it lent to a very awesome experience. Truly well worth the money.
    star-5
    Light spectacular
    Noel_C
    , Jun. 2019
    Saw the lights from Bennalong Restaurant, the bridge and from the cruise boat. All offer great and varied views of the hours long show. The organisers cleverly marshall pedestrians around the ferry terminal so it does not appear as crowded as it really is.p
    star-2
    So so
    Connector23210569537
    , Jun. 2019
    Not as good as I expected. Thought we would see more of the vivid lights. A bit disappointing. I thinnk i should investigate the other harbour cruises. One offered a cruise around the islands of the harbour. Wish I had chosen that one.
    star-1
    We missed the cruise. We thought it...
    Thomas T
    , Jun. 2016
    We missed the cruise. We thought it left from Circular Quay, but it left from Darling Harbor. It was a big disappointment. By the time we realiized we were in the wrong place, it was too late to get over to Darling Harbor. I wish it had been more clear on the itinerary.
    star-4
    What a spectacular event and a...
    Stephanie W
    , Jun. 2016
    What a spectacular event and a marvellous way to see it on-board the very reputable cruise. Purchase and ticketing were easy, all details to find the pick up and drop off wharf were clear. Fantastic experience even in the wet rainy evening and exactly what I was hoping for. I took my mother as previous attempts at walking around Vivid were a bit too much for her. The cruise was ideal, we saw everything except obviously Customs House and the interactive installations. I wouldn't hesitate doing this again next year with mum.
    star-1
    I was a little disappointed. The boat...
    susanpolat
    , Jun. 2015
    I was a little disappointed. The boat was too crowed, it was late, we waited too long in the queue with my elderly parents and son. And I don't know way you would post Child rates and Adult rates but you still took Adult rate for my son! so next year we will not be cruising with you . Good luck. Susan Polat.
    star-4
    It was a present for my father and his...
    Lee T
    , Jun. 2015
    It was a present for my father and his partner, they are unable to walk very far so this was perfect for them and they got to see vivid Sydney.
    star-3
    Tour was fine although after booking on...
    Andrew M
    , Jun. 2015
    Tour was fine although after booking on line I was rung the following day to be told the tour I'd booked was over subscribed, having to change times wasn't great with kids involved.
    star-1
    Very poor service for getting on boats...
    Margaret M
    , Jun. 2015
    Very poor service for getting on boats won't do it again. Will ensure others know as well
    star-4
    Trip was very good fun , everyone had a...
    Stephen K
    , Jun. 2015
    Trip was very good fun , everyone had a great time. We got up close and could see every light well Drink service was slow The only bad part was the final bill not being clear that it was in USD - so the total was even more
    star-4
    Very happy with tour and most suitable...
    Willian P
    , Jun. 2015
    Very happy with tour and most suitable for children very reasonable price
    star-2
    If you already booked the 2 day combo...
    irsyquia
    , Jun. 2015
    If you already booked the 2 day combo tour, you don't need to book this.
    star-5
    I took this tour on my own and had a...
    Colleen T
    , Jun. 2015
    I took this tour on my own and had a fabulous time. There was enough time to see the sites, snap pics, and take it all in. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone that wants to have a harbor view of VIVID.

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