Our Picks on Five Not-Boring Ways To See Vivid Sydney 2022

Because Vivid deserves to be seen from all angles.

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Vivid Sydney has officially flicked the switch on, which means from now until June 18, the CBD will be packed with locals and visitors looking to get a taste of the highly anticipated light festival.

Although, finding the unique experiences always takes some research. After a two year hiatus, this year’s Vivid Sydney is the biggest and boldest yet. Take advantage of the new fleet of light installations, music performances, and suite of creative experiences, with our edit of the not-so-boring ways to see Vivid Sydney 2022.

Three-Course Multi-Sensory Dining Experience at 6HEAD

The Rocks
The Rocks has one of the best vantage points for the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, so why not experience the light show with a three-course meal. 6HEAD is hosting a multi-sensory dinner, that blends fine dining, theatrics, technology, lighting, and storytelling. On arrival, expect a RedBalloon Vivid-inspired welcome cocktail, before sitting down for a symphony of taste, sound, and touch. Post-dinner, enjoy a stroll around The Rocks to find more lights and experiences. Book here.

Vivid Sydney Helicopter Flight

When it comes to experiencing the lights, you can’t beat a bird’s eye view. Join a 25-minute helicopter tour, including flight commentary, to see Sydney’s main icons and even the Northern Beaches, transformed into a plethora of bright colours. The tour starts at Sydney Airport, then zips around the city, spotting the large light installations on the ground, and over to Manly to see the night-time glow.

Vivid Sydney Skywalk at Night

The Skywalk is an experience people can do year-round, but during Vivid Sydney, it’s one of the best times to take to the Sydney Tower Eye. This ultimate vantage point boasts panoramic views of the city, including the spectacle of colours during Vivid Sydney. The experience includes a blood-pumping stroll around the platform, and entry to the observation deck.

Vivid Sydney Cruise and Dinner

Circular Quay
Take to the water or on your own, neon-light sporting boat and enjoy a three-hour dinner cruise around the harbour. From your seat, you will be able to see light installations from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Barangaroo. Enjoy a three-course meal, and premium beverages, on a 78ft luxury cruiser. The boat swings past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park so head up to the deck space for the best views and photo opportunities.

Vivid Sydney Penfolds Six-Course Degustation Dinner Cruise

King St Wharf
Step it up a notch, with a Penfolds six-course dinner cruise. This premium experience matches Penfolds wine with a fine dining menu. There is also live music on board and let’s not forget the opportunity to see the spectacular Vivid Sydney lights from the water. Thanks to the seating arrangements, everyone gets a window seat to enjoy the show. It’s guaranteed to be a meal to remember.

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All of the Sydney Food News You Need to Know

For all your Sydney food moments.

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There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.

Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news from chefs taking over restaurants, to limited-edition menus, and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.

  • Chef Nelly Robinson is taking inspiration from the stage to launch a new menu at Nel— A trip to Broadway. The 11-course degustation experience is a nod to Broadway classics including Wicked, Oliver Twist, Harry Potter and many more. Think a wand-like skewered squid tube filled with mushroom cream, topped in beetroot flour and lightly fried. The A Trip to Broadway menu will be available for dinner bookings and Saturday lunch from August 24 to November 6. Book here.
  • Calling all doughnut lovers, Donut Papi has teamed up with Cointreau to create two exclusive doughnut flavours: the Original Margarita and Coconut and Ginger Margarita. The special release is to celebrate Father’s Day, but everyone with a sweet tooth will love it. Donut Papi will be selling these from their Redfern store, and these tasty gifts will also be available to order online to be delivered straight to dad, making Father’s Day easy for those wanting the perfect gift. The doughnuts will be sold individually for $8, but they will also be available as a gift pack of nine doughnuts for $63. Buy here.
  • Sydneysiders, all of your fried chicken dreams are about to come true. Just in time for the winter chill, the legends over at BUTTER are teaming up with Spotify’s A1 to launch a limited-edition menu, curated by three local hip-hop artists. Starting from $25 you can get everything from Canadian to Nashville hot chicken sandwiches. Available for two weeks from this Friday 17th June, the A1 menu will be live at BUTTER’s four Sydney locations, including Parramatta, The Rocks, Surry Hills and Chatswood.
  • BUTTER is launching an all-new, Impossible Beef Ramen dish to the Butter Ramen Club. The ramen features Impossible Beef and a vegetarian broth. You can get the Impossible Ramen from Butter Surry, Butter Chatswood, and Butter Parramatta for $20 starting, on July 5. Limited numbers are available each day.
  • The Bavarian has launched a new OTT menu, and it comes with stacked schnitzels, a board of 5kg wings, and the hottest currywurst you’ve probably ever had. The super-stacked OTT menu items are available at all The Bavarian restaurants across NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, the ACT and in Auckland and Queenstown in New Zealand until Sunday, July 31. Book here.
  • Sokyo in The Star has revamped its degustation to include a 19-21 course omakase experience, with chef Chase Kojima and his team slicing, rolling, and serving delicate pieces of nigiri, and hot dishes right in front of you. The experience is something lacking from Sydney, which makes it the hottest seat in the city at the moment. There are only six seats per night, so reservations will be hard to secure, but not impossible. Reservations are from Monday to Thursday and start at 6 pm. Book here.
  • Enjoy a Soju tasting and contemporary Korean degustation on a Sydney rooftop. Jung Sung has created an incredible six-course degustation that puts a twist on traditional Korean food with an Australian touch. Expect a theatrical experience, paired with exceptional food, and the chance to learn more about Soju. Think sweet corn dessert, Moreton bay bug, and crispy duck. Book here.

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