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5 Ways To Avoid The Tourists At Vivid Sydney

By Ellen Seah - 07 Jun 2018


An iconic event in Sydney’s event calendar, its no wonder more than a (casual) one million visitors are set to descend on Vivid Sydney this year. If you’re a true Sydneysider, we teamed up with Gateway Sydney to get the insider’s guide to avoiding every tourist, slow walker and Instagrammer.

#1 Head In Real Early, Or Real Late

Lights go on at 6pm (5.30pm at Chatswood and Taronga Zoo) and turn off at 11pm, so either plan to see the most popular lights early in the night or after a late-night bite. If you’re feeling peckish after your post-work walk (or fuelling up for a late trek), we recommend heading into Gateway Sydney. More than 25 restaurants, cafes and bars are packed into three levels of intense foodie dining, so we promise your whole Vivid Sydney crew will be happy with the (plentiful) options.

#2 Split Your Trip Across A Few Days

Since you’re a local, you have the luxury of splitting your Vivid Sydney trip into a few days, so you can hit up a different section each night without FOMO. It also gives you a very practical excuse to eat at all your fave restaurants and snacks including Din Tai Fung, Salt Meats Cheese and Zumbo. To celebrate the occasion, Gelato Messina, Four Frogs Crêperie and Hurricane’s Grill are throwing down Vivid-themed food and cocktails. Check it out here.

#3 Leave The Car At Home

Cars face road closures and worse traffic than 5.01pm on a Friday throughout the Vivid Sydney season. Leave the hatchback at home and take advantage of the extra train and bus services into the heart of the city. 

#4 Check Out The Lesser-Known Attractions

Our picks include Earth (Circular Quay) which is tucked in the Overseas Passenger Terminal or Barangaroo. Earth leans on real NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface to recreate an illuminated, suspended globe. Barangaroo is operated by 10 performers and stands at more than six metres.

#5 …Or Book Into Events

We’ll be honest: heaps of events have sold out, but you might get lucky with second-round tickets or there’s still time to register for a bunch of free-to-attend workshops and talks.

Image credit: Ivy Erlinger 

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Gateway Sydney and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

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