Vivid Sydney, an annual celebration of creativity, innovation, and technology, has been captivating audiences for 12 years. This year’s festival kicked off on May 26th and is currently underway. As a festival designed for everyone, Vivid Sydney ensures that all installations are wheelchair accessible. Join us as we guide you through this inclusive and accessible festival.
Public transport is the best way to get to the festival and avoid traffic jams during Vivid Sydney. Trains, buses, ferries, and Sydney Metro services are available based on your location. Keep in mind that road closures are in effect each night to accommodate the festival. Plan your travel using real-time service information provided on transportnsw.info. Additionally, the Opal travel app allows you to top up your Opal card and assists in trip planning. For detailed transport and road information, visit the dedicated Vivid Sydney 2023 webpage on Transport for NSW.
For disability, community, and aged care groups attending Vivid Sydney 2023 from Monday to Thursday nights between May 26th and June 17th (excluding Monday, June 12th), accessible minibus parking bays can be booked. The available minibus parking areas include:
Hickson Road near Hickson Road Reserve, Loftus Street, and Darling Drive. To make a booking, please visit the Accessible Minibus Parking page.
- Hickson Road, near Hickson Road Reserve – provides access to the Hickson Road Reserve accessible viewing area, The Rocks and Walsh Bay.
- Loftus Street – provides access to Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.
- Darling Drive – provides access to The Goods Line and Central Station.
Please access the Accessible Minibus Parking page for bookings.
Accessible Viewing Areas at Vivid Sydney 2023
Vivid Sydney is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience for all visitors. Designated accessible viewing areas offer unreserved seating, a less obstructed view, and a quieter atmosphere away from the crowds. These areas can be found at
- Sydney Opera House,
- Hickson Road Reserve in Dawes Point,
- Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Lawn,
- Darling Harbour, and
- Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour.
Managed viewing areas for Sydney Opera House and other lighting attractions are featured at these locations. Free electric music performances take place at 8 pm on Wednesdays and 7 pm on Thursdays to Sundays at Tumbalong Park, with special Saturday kids’ shows at 5 pm.
Accessible Facilities and Services
Temporary adult change facilities are available during Vivid Sydney 2023 at Circular Quay (under the Cahill Expressway) and Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour.
Vivid Sydney offers an audio description service for each Light Walk installation. Simply scan the QR code on each installation light box along the Light Walk or visit the Vivid Sydney website for audio descriptions. Cinewav, in collaboration with Vivid Sydney, provides an audio service through their app, allowing users to watch visual displays while enjoying an HD-quality soundtrack on their smartphones in sync with the show.
Information booths are located at six (6) spots within Vivid Sydney to provide helpful information and advice, including:
- East Circular Quay near Gelatissimo
- West Circular Quay, corner of Alfred St & George St
- Tumablong Blvd, near food retail
- The Goods Line south
- Central Station, Grand Concourse
- Barangaroo Cutaway
Volunteers at each booth are knowledgeable and ready to enhance your festival experience.
Wheelchairs To Go Sydney provides wheelchair hire services, offering a wide selection of mobility scooters, manual and electric wheelchairs for rent in Sydney and on cruises. You can easily get in touch with them through their website or by giving them a call.
- Administration – Esta: 0412 733 609 (+61 412 733 609), or
- Service & Deliveries – Antonio: 0419 017 085 (+61 419 017 085)
Additionally, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) operates a 24/7 wheelchair-accessible taxi booking service funded by Transport for NSW, in the Sydney metropolitan area. To request a taxi or schedule a ride, please call Wheelchair Book & Ride at 139 000 or book online.
Finally, there is an Accessibility Map showing all the accessible services, facilities, and routes at Vivid Sydney. For more information, please refer to the following resources:
Our friendly team members are here to help and guide you, answering any questions that you might have.