Vivid Sydney has the perfect ingredients for an exciting, hands-on, family-friendly outing. But on such a large scale, where should you begin?
The First Fleet Park is a dedicated festival precinct that captures the flavours of Vivid Sydney in a family-sized bite. Located right on Circular Quay in the Rocks, it is in the centre of all the action, with views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Customs House.
The best way to get there by far is with public transport. Aim for Wynyard, Town Hall or Central stations. Parking will be extremely limited and you can expect road closures. There will be extra trains operating on weekends to account for the crowds, and extra buses running altered routes.
What will you find in the First Fleet Park?
Start off with fascinating Fugu, a huge multi-coloured pufferfish that grows and shrinks and rotates. Feel the funky deep-sea vibes and learn a thing or two about our oceans and their preservation. Another animal encounter to check out is Peacock, with its entrancing plumage made of colour-changing tubes of light.
The Wobbelees are four roly-poly toys that spring back up and change colour when you knock them over. This is an accessible installation designed for anybody to watch and wobble.
Sweet tooths can wander through the Garden of Sweeties through human-sized lollipops and candy canes. You’ll leave with more than just a sugar craving – there is plenty to learn about the renewable energy capacities of solar panels, mechanics and luminescent powder. The best bit is you can discover through experimentation.
Harmony Valley will make you smile with its cute Japanese kawaii-inspired rainbow of peace and trees of friendship. Make a human chain connecting to the playful inflatable installation and it will be brought to life with pulsing light and sound.
For a comprehensive family guide to Vivid 2018, click here – we’ve got top tips on what to see, what to hear, what to eat and how to get there.