Vivid Sydney 2015, Media Preview at Customs House 21/5/2015. Photo Credit - James Horan/Destination NSW

Photo Credit – James Horan/Destination NSW

Now in its eighth year, Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, is currently delighting Sydneysiders and visitors, with its light installations and projections that are transforming landmarks and city buildings into illuminated items of beauty.

Over the past years Vivid has proved to be so popular that this year, the festival has been extended, and now runs until 18 June 2016.

 Picture Credit James Horan/ Destination NSW

Picture Credit James Horan/ Destination NSW

To experience Vivid in all its glory and to view the larger light installations from a different perspective, one of the best ways is to watch the projections and changing colours from a cruise on Sydney Harbour. FantaSea Cruises run up to five cruises each evening in a round trip from Darling Harbour, away from the crowds, in comfortable surroundings, visitors are able to see the main Vivid precincts – Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Lights, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Luna Park and Walsh Bay.

There are more than 80 light installations and projections on display in the main precincts, including a new site in The Royal Botanic Gardens that has a 60 metre long tunnel illuminated by tens of thousands of LED lights.

Cruising under the Sydney Harbour Bridge with its display of cascading light given off from the 100,000 LED lights should prove to be an unforgettable experience. As the Opera House comes into view, the artwork of six Indigenous Australian artists, in a work called Songlines, will be projected each evening.

Sailing past The Royal Botanic Gardens, which is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, one of the highlights of the cruise will come into view. The Cathedral of Light consists of a 70 metre long tunnel that is illuminated by tens of thousands of LED light globes. When viewed from a distance, this installation appears as a single solid shape of bright light that illuminates its surroundings.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is always one of the best attractions at Vivid. Looking westward, its true grandeur comes to the fore, showing off its constantly changing palette of coloured lights.

DSC09175Cruising back up to Walsh Bay the happy face of Luna Park comes into view before turning into Darling Harbour.

FantaSea Cruises depart Darling Harbour (Pier 26, Wharf 9) each Sunday to Thursday at 6pm & 7.30pm and on Friday & Saturday at 6pm, 7.30pm & 9pm.

From Darling Harbour (King Street Wharf 9) the cruises depart each Sunday to Thursday at 6.45pm and on Friday & Saturday at 6.45pm & 8.15pm (4,10,11,17,18 June). www.fantasea.com.au – 1800 326 822

The FantaSea Vivid cruises run for 75 minutes duration but for those who desire a different experience, they provide other creative and flexible harbour cuises, from water taxis to the large comfortable catamarans.

Vivid runs every night until 18 June 2016, no matter what the weather conditions.

Sandra Tiltman

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