Wild Light Vivid Taronga Zoo

Vivid Sydney Tips incl Wild Light Taronga Zoo & Cruises 2024

What to expect for Vivid 2023?

The highlight of Sydney’s calendar is Vivid and the dates in 2023 are from 26th May through to the 17th June.

A full exciting program for all the family with the best of light performances and food experiences.

Vivid Sydney 2022 Wild Light Taronga Zoo
Wild Light Taronga Zoo

Tips on Visiting Wild Light Taronga Zoo

From Friday 26th May 2023 through to Saturday 17th June Vivid lights up the Sydney Skyline.

Wild Light at Taronga Zoo is located at Bradleys Head Road Mosman.

Parking is available at the Zoo at a reduced rate. If you complete your visit within 1.5 hours parking is free, otherwise it is a flat fee of $11.00 if you arrive after 4.30 pm. If you arrive before 4.30 pm the daily flat fee of $22 applies.

Gates open at 5.25 and a small number of people are allowed in at a time. As you enter through the gates you are then ushered into another area where your tickets are checked.

The pathways have been well planned for prams but at times we found that the path was not lit up well enough and you do need to watch where you are walking.

Wild Light Taronga Zoo
Wild Light Taronga Zoo

Wild Light Taronga Zoo estimated that the walk would take between 1 – 1.15 hours. At no time during our time there did we experience large crowds hindering our experience. You can have your photo taken at the Koala display with Sydney Harbour as the background. There are incredible views of Sydney Harbour and the Light Show from certain areas of the walk.

We completed the walk within 50 minutes.

Taronga zoo Wild Light
Taronga Zoo Wild Light

Top tip: As you exit the Zoo there is a spectacular light show on the building to your right – this is definitely worth spending time viewing.

Tickets are purchased here. Sessions are only available from Wednesday to Sunday. Two sessions are available: 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm

Taronga is a not-for-profit organisation. Every dollar you spend at Taronga goes directly back into the support, care and protection of wildlife.


Visiting Vivid Sydney from the Opera House to Central Station

The Light Walk in 2023, is 8.5 km long, from Circular Quay to Central Station via the Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square and the Goods Line to Central. You can also do the reverse.

You can join or exit the walk at various locations. For full details including the map click here

Where are the best spots to see Vivid Sydney 2023:

  • The Opera House
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Circular Quay
  • Customs House
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Cadman Cottage
  • The MCA
  • The Rocks
  • King Street Wharf
  • Barangaroo
  • Central Station
  • Darling Harbour

Sydney Vivid Festival Events

For information on the Sydney Vivid Festival Events click here. There are over 250 events throughout the festival.

FAQ’s Sydney Vivid 2023

  • When is the best time to visit Vivid Sydney? Visiting in the middle of the week is quieter than weekends
  • What are the times for visiting Sydney Vivid? Times from 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm
  • Is the Light Walk free? The Light Walk is free but tickets are needed to be purchased for Festival Events, Taronga Zoo and Luna Park.

Information Booths can be found here.

Tips for Visiting Vivid Sydney 2023

  • As Vivid Sydney is held over three week you can take your time to visit all the experiences. There is so much to see sp try and spread it over the three weeks.
  • Friday night is the busiest
  • The last weekend is also the busiest
  • Try and visit mid-week
  • There is no parking around the areas and road closures will be in place.
  • If you are coming from the Northern Beaches our tip is to catch the Manly Ferry across to Circular Quay
  • Wanting to know the best way to photograph Vivid Sydney 2023 – friends of ours have put together the best guide on how to photograph Vivid Sydney 2023

Vivid Sydney Cruises

Tall Ship Vivid Cruise

Tall Ship Cruise

Step aboard a historic tall ship to enjoy a sensational cruise and outstanding views of the Sydney Opera House light shows, with a delicious dinner served on board.

Sydney Vivid Cruise Bring Your Own Drinks 1.5 hours

Sydney Vivid Cruise
Sydney Vivid Cruise

Admire the lights of Vivid Festival from the perfect vantage point as you cruise around Sydney Harbor on a catamaran. Enjoy the freedom to bring your own alcoholic drinks, then sit back and relax as you marvel at the city light up with colour.

Sydney Vivid Cruise with Canapes for 1.5 hours

Admire the lights of Vivid Festival from the perfect vantage point as you cruise around Sydney Harbor on a catamaran. See the city light up with colour, snack on delicious canapes, and make unforgettable memories.

Vivid cruise


We hope you enjoy Vivid Sydney 2023 this year. We would love to hear about your experiences.

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More reading:

NSW Travel Guide

NSW Accommodation Guide

4 day Sydney Itinerary

Whale Watching Cruises in Sydney

Vivid Sydney 2023

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