Vivid Sydney

May 23, 2017

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June

    Lights on 18:00

    Lights off 23:00

    Vivid Sydney 2017 is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. Taronga Zoo joins the Vivid Sydney festival again this year, to guarantee entry to Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo, ensure you pre-purchase your tickets online. Tickets are limited each evening, so its strongly recommend to pre-book to avoid any disappointment.

    Plenty of additional public transport services will run during the busier nights to help you get to and from the Zoo, so leave the car at home as parking is limited and is likely to fill early.

    Your Vivid Sydney experience starts at


    Extra trains will be running throughout the event, especially on the busiest Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
    Many of the Vivid Sydney events and installations are best accessed by train. The best stations include:

    • Central for the Central Park precinct.
    • Circular Quay
    • Wynyard
    • St James or Martin Place for the Sydney Opera House
    • Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Campbell’s Cove
    • The Rocks & Walsh Bay and Martin Place precincts
    • Town Hall for the Darling Harbour and The Galeries precincts
    • Chatswood for the Chatswood CBD precinct
    • Please note that Circular Quay will be extremely popular during Vivid Sydney. On Saturday nights and the long weekend, trains stopping at Circular Quay Station between 18:00 and 22:00 will pick up customers only.
      If you’re travelling to Circular Quay during these days and times you can get off at Wynyard, St James or Martin Place and walk to the Vivid precincts.


    NSW TrainLink

    Additional late night services will run on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line:
    Friday nights: An additional train will leave Gosford at 17:52 and arrive at Central at 19:16. Extra trains will also run back to Hamilton at 22:15 and 23:15.

    You can find all the details of extra services in the Trip planner.


    Sydney Buses will run extra services on major corridors to get you to and from the City during Vivid Sydney.
    Many buses will be diverted and have changed stops due to road closures in place until 23:00 each night.

    Buses that normally travel to and from Circular Quay will start and finish at Martin Place from 18:00 on Friday night and 17:00 on weekends.


    Ferries will be in high demand during Vivid and are likely to reach capacity early.
    Long queues are expected, so have a backup plan and consider taking one of the frequent trains or buses instead.
    Due to the high demand, customers will be required to exit the ferry once they reach their destination. You will not be able to stay on the ferry and take the return trip. This is to make sure that everyone gets the chance to access ferry services.

    Please note: there are no free ferry services during Vivid Sydney.

    Light rail

    Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations.

    Extra services will run between 17:00 and 23:00 on Fridays and weekends.
    Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour precinct. The closest stops are Convention and Pyrmont Bay.