Vivid music and light festival around Darling Harbour and Pyrmont
So, on our second excursion out to Vivid Sydney we did Darling Harbour and Pyrmont on another cold Friday night.
When we arrived from Bathurst Street we climbed the steps up near Home (nightclub) and were perfectly positioned high up for the 7pm fireworks. Our view on arrival is pictured above.
And.....WOW. Just wow.
I'd thought the projections around Circular Quay were good, but the fireworks and laser-light displays in the water were something else entirely. Ever colour of the rainbow danced around on the sprays of water that shot up from the middle of the harbour.
The crowds of people all stopped to watch and admire the display and a quiet sense of awe swept around the thousands of people there.
After stumbling across that gem (seriously - top tip for next year is get onto one of the walkways, bridges or in a restaurant on the second floor) we walked round to Tumbalong Park behind the IMAX where there were more subdued pieces to see - including two women walking round performing juggling tricks with light-up hoops.
I love the Darling Harbour area of Sydney as there is always something new to discover or see. Tonight was no exception and the dazzling colours were made even more impressive by the beautiful backdrop of the water.
After the quietness of the park, we followed the trial round the west side of the harbour to the Harbourside Centre (a shopping centre I've never actually been into - the temptation would be too much) to where a large ferris wheel was taking centre stage.
What we didn't realise until we got there was that the colour projections on the wheel were not computer-controlled patterns, but rather whatever took the fancy of passersby. Yep, that's right. Micka and I both became five-years-old again when we got to press the big red buttons that dictated what colour the wheel was going to be. I would have had hours of fun, but a queue of small child guilted me into having the quickest of quick goes.
After the wheel we made our way round Pyrmont to The Star - a huge nightclub and casino complex I'd been to before in the summer for a friend's birthday.
This time however, the building was part of the festival and had little nooks and places to venture on all levels.
In the gardens there were brightly coloured drums which, when hit, lit up lights and projections onto the trees.
Inside, there was a chocolate fountain (okay, not a light display, but made a delicious chocolate crepe) and a gorgeous luminous 3D star with pointed edges so sharp, I'm glad it was suspended in place by what I hope were thick steel rods.
The chocolate crepe was seriously naughty and seriously nice. I like to think of it as having medicinal purposes, as I wasn't feeling too well.
Then, at the top of the building itself we came to a bar and games area where young ones placed computer simulations which were projected onto the exterior wall while the adults sat in glowing chairs to sip wine and beer (below pic).
This area also had a karaoke contest (no, we didn't, in case you're wondering) and truly amazing views over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the edges of Darling Harbour and the lighthouse.
We ended our visit watching the last fireworks display up on Pyrmont Bridge - the footbridge which spans the harbour. Our high-up viewpoint once again allowed us to take some incredible pictures and admire the festival in all its glory.
I can seriously not get bored of this event and will be very sad when it is over. I'm so happy I got to see it as part of my travelling adventure.