How To Get The Most Out Of Sydney’s Vivid Lights

From 27 May – 18 June, Sydney will come alive for 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. Over 1.7 million people from all walks of life are set to attend what touted as one of the world’s largest festival. How do you make the most out of the Vivid Lights in Sydney?

vividsydneyFirst you’ve got to know where to be. There will be over 80 lighting installations and at least 50 will have interactive elements. The Opera House has always been the centrepiece of the festival. This year, it will feature the works of six renowned artists from different clans on its sails- they will be lit with “Songlines”. It’s the first Indigenous work to be commissioned for the Opera House’s sails. The Museum of Contemporary Art will have a seamless blend of acrylic and oil paint splashes.

Customs House will take you on a story of Sydney’s journey through its blue-tongued lizards. The lizards will guide viewers through eye-popping landscapes, brimming with flora and fauna, and home to witches and wizards, garden gnomes and even cocky cockatoos. It’s fun for the whole family, and especially the kids.

Do you need a hug? Do you want to know how a tree feels when you hug it? As you drive around the city, head to Ciaran Frame’s installation “Treehugger” at Circular Quay. The trees light up in different colours, in response to each person’s unique hug- everyone has a personal touch. Are you a romantic? Do you want to show your family how much they mean to you? Shout “I love you!” at each other at the giant lolly shaped heart on the MCA side of the Circular Quay.

There’ll be a giant laser-light dragon in Darling Harbour. It features 25-metre-high moving fountains, 4 video projected water-screens, 10 powerful lasers, flame jets, and a “dragon’s head” constructed from a water-screen that’s mounted on a 13-metre robotic arm. There are 3 completely different shows, each one coming every half hour. Head out to the Royal Botanic Garden and marvel at its gateway- the 70m-long Cathedral of light.

There are many more sights and sounds. In case you don’t want to mingle with the huge crowds, go on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. You can also stay up late, since the lights don’t turn of till 11pm. Here’s a neat tip: Go for a drive around the city on the night of June 1. It’s the State of Origin night, so most Vivid visitors will either be at home watching the game, or at the ANZ stadium.

Different Wedding Venues in Sydney Australia

The search for celebrating your love and your big day is the most important task and also daunting one. The venue forms the signature of your theme, style and type of wedding ceremony, making it obvious to keep a theme in mind before you start your search for the perfect place.

Sydney is a home to beautiful and extravagant wedding venues. Outdoor weddings are very popular in Sydney where the Sun shines throughout the year and the atmosphere is bright and energetic. The Sun shining over the harbor and many national parks and gardens make the perfect setting for an outdoor celebration of your important day. We have listed below some mixed suggestions for wedding venues in Sydney ranging from regal, traditional or vintage and rustic.

curzonhallweddingvenue1. Curzon Hall

If you have always dreamt of getting married in a castle like the royal families do, Curzon hall is the place for you. This property which is listed in Australia’s heritage provides three developed gardens for wedding ceremonies with stylish and well equipped rooms. This property has an occupancy of 500 people and is a perfect destination for regal theme weddings and is a treat for the wedding photographers to depict the old world charm.

2. Miramare Gardens

The Huge Miramare Gardens with capacity of 500 people caters to the need of people who want a lavish outdoor wedding of a modern style. The garden is specifically landscaped with water features which can be used to set up a marquee. The venue also has tall ceiling reception rooms which can host a classy event.

3. WaterView Bicentennial Park

Waterview Bicentennial Park with a capacity of 1000 people is your venue if you want to get married with nature in the backdrop. The vast parks and lakes and scenery in the vicinity is like a cherry on the cake for your function. You may have seen many wedding videos from this venue where the photographers use the waterbody and greenery for enhancing pictures.

4. Oatlands House

Oatlands house is a home style estate best suited for a smaller wedding function. With a capacity of 200-300 people, this property is influenced with French architecture and designs which take you back in the glorious time of French history. This venue is perfect for a country style outdoor wedding with a rustic theme.

5. Sydney College of Arts

To give your wedding a classic colonial touch, the Sydney College of Arts which is located in the inner west part of Sydney is very well suited. The historic sandstone buildings and the walkways with heritage trees give a classic romantic theme to your wedding.

6. Panorama House

Panorama house, has a small capacity of 100 on the garden and 400 in the rooms and is a stunning location with the water view of Pacific Ocean and South Coast. The venue is one hour away from Sydney and has a gorgeous gazebo and seating in garden style. This venue is perfect for elite weddings with style and comfort.

Apart from these, the Bendooley estate, Dunbar House, Bradleys Head etc. are some of the garden style venues where you can entertain your guests in a way closer to nature making your wedding memorable.

Touring Melbourne

Melbourne is considered the heart of Australia and also one of the “world’s most livable cities” by popular demand. Melbourne is the capital and unarguably the most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on a coastal plain in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne consists of an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament, banks, multinational corporations and splendid buildings attributed to Queen Victoria’s era now stands. A visit will enable you to experience the stunning vistas, and myriad of attractions on a road tour through the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Melbourne and beyond. One of the best ways of exploring the great attractions in your convenience in Melbourne by opting for a cheap car hire.

Why go

Thriving Markets: Melbourne is home to plenty of shopping opportunities and markets where a variety of items and souvenirs are sold. The expansive Queen Victoria Market (the Vic) is home to several hundreds of stores and shops where visitors can find lots of items to satisfy their needs. Other places of interest for shopaholics include Prahran Market and St. Kilda’s Sunday market.

Sizzling Nightlife: Revelers are sure to have an extremely delightful moment while vacationing in Melbourne. Some of the best night life spots in Melbourne are located in King Street and Flinders Lanes, where you will find plenty of pubs, bars and vibrant clubs. For a chance to enjoy the best of live music performance, you should consider visiting the notable pubs scattered all over Fitzroy, Collingwood and Brunswick.

Delicious International Cuisines: Melbourne offers one of the finest dining experience in Australia, as it houses several top restaurants serving delectable cuisine to guests. The Chinese restaurants located in Little Bourke Street is one of the best places to enjoy lovely Chinese food and it will give any restaurant in Hong Kong a run for its money, without an iota of doubt. Richmond’s Victoria Street convincingly replicates the mouthwatering cuisines offered in Vietnam.

Sports Arena: Sports happen to be a uniting factor in Melbourne where people from different backgrounds converge to share a common love. Melbournians, like Aussies in general do love great sport activities. The Melbourne Cup horse race and the Australian Rules Football are one of the sport events that draws thousands of people to Melbourne annually.

When to Go to Melbourne

Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate all year round though there are times where the climate is either extremely cold or extremely hot. Melbourne is at its best in autumn, and it considered the best time of the year to explore its many parks for chance to see magnificent greenery.

Melbourne has good road networks that enables a fascinating road tour around the city’s beautiful sceneries. With a good cheap car rental Melbourne, you can travel drive around and appreciate the beauty of Melbourne, enjoy good food and tasty wine, sample outstanding local produce, regional cuisine on an adventurous drive through the forests and rolling vineyards, deserts and historic towns. Choose your own adventure while exploring all Melbourne has to offer in your cheap car rental Melbourne.