Boat cruises and tours are the best way to experience the Vivid festival of lights. Not only will you get a chance to see the main sights like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but you’ll also get a unique perspective seeing Sydney’s favourite landmarks lit up with an incredible lights display.
With Sydney Harbour Days, you can choose a Vivid cruise that works for you and your group. Tickets start at $29/pp.
Get the best seat on the harbour to see all the sights of the Vivid festival on Jerry Bailey, a large double-decker catamaran.
Two convenient departure times from King St Wharf 3. 6pm or 7:30pm.
While everyone crowds around the Vivid art installations on land, you’ll be getting that unique perspective from the water. Fill your phone with photos that not many others will see as you take in the lights bouncing off the water on your Vivid cruise.
Just because you’re on a boat, doesn’t mean the festival stops! Make your cruise your own with BYO options, or kick back and enjoy inclusive food and drink packages.
From family-friendly small boats to bigger group events, Vivid 2023 has a cruise with your name on it. Find a boat that’s just right and create a story just for you.
Your Sydney Harbour wharf location will differ depending on your boat cruise or tour. Most boat cruises start from King St wharf in Darling Harbour, but some pick up from closer to Circular Quay or around the Rocks. Please read the cruise description and check your tickets for when to meet your boat and where. For a map of the most popular Sydney wharfs, you can visit this handy page here.
Departing from close to the city, you’ll get to see all the beautiful sights on Sydney Harbour. Vivid boat cruises will head past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, so make sure you have your camera ready for that incredible photo with these landmarks in the background.
In bad weather, boats still tend to go out. Boat cruise cancellations don’t occur in rainy weather unless deemed unsafe. For a complete list of cancellation policies, please read each boat cruise’s terms and conditions carefully.
The Vivid cruises are a sightseeing tour through the harbour so many have minimal inclusions. For each boat cruise, what comes included will be different. Please read the tour description carefully to ensure what to expect on the water.
The boat cruises will have a bathroom on board.
Please remember that these are marine toilets for boats with bathrooms on board. Only put what comes out of you into the toilet. Make sure you read any instructions in the bathroom for how to properly operate the restroom or check with the crew on board.
Your boat cruise will be on Sydney Harbour. Dress appropriately for the weather. For cooler evenings, make sure you have something warm. Most boats will have an area inside for cover but you don’t want to be inside as you sail past the harbour sights light up at night. Bring comfortable shoes and heels are typically not allowed on the ship for safety reasons and to make sure it doesn’t damage the floor.
Each cruise is different, so read the what to bring section in the boat cruise description.
Get away from the crowds and get a group together for your Vivid Harbour cruise. We can organise a private Vivid cruise, just for you and your crew.
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