Vivid Sydney Festival Cruises

Stay tuned for 2019 packages and prices

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual winter event of light, music, and ideas that illuminates Sydney from late May to mid June. With the Harbour City transformed into an outdoor lights sculptures exhibition, the best way to experience this amazing light festival is with Fantasea Cruising’s Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruises.

To give you the most out of each evening we offer Vivid cruises, departing from Darling Harbour. Our guests will be greeted with a complimentary drink as our boats cruise past the main precincts of the Vivid light festival; Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, The Botanical Gardens and Walsh Bay. Our mission is to give you the best vantage point anywhere on the Harbour.

You will see numerous light installations and projections which will be on display in the main precincts. All Fantasea Vivid cruises last 60 minutes and will give you the best seat on the night with the luxury of watching it all come to you.


Vivid Sydney 2017 Timelapse from Destination NSW on Vimeo.

Vivid Sydney is sure to light up the Sydney skyline this year with mesmerising exhibitions of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations.

Beat the crowds and experience the best of vivid from the water with a one hour cruise from Fantasea Cruises. Cruise past the main precincts of the Vivid light festival; Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, The Botanical Gardens and Walsh Bay. Our mission is to give you the best vantage point anywhere on the Harbour.

Vivid Sydney has wrapped for 2018. Program and packages for 2019 are yet to be confirmed. Like us on Facebook you can be the first to know when we release our Vivid cruise packages in 2019.

In the meantime, we have many cruises on offer. View our current cruises now.


A unique perspective and great photo opportunitiesA complimentary drink included
 Live Music on-board on weekend cruisesFully licensed bar with drinks and snacks available for cash and card purchase
Sydney Harbour CruisesSee Opera House, Harbour Bridge as they are transformed into spectacular canvas boards of light, music and 3D projectionsNo tour groups/No overcrowding

Darling Harbour Timetable

Fantasea Joy Bar Fantasea Catalina
Monday to Sunday6:00 PM & 7:30 PM N/A
All Saturdays and
25th May & 10th June
 N/A 7:00 PM
Cruise Duration 60 Minutes 60 Minutes

Some Of Our Happy Customers!


Reviewed 1 year ago

Really Pleasant Staff

I found the highlight of this tour was the pleasant staff that was not “in your face” but were able to assist with any questions and seemed genuinely pleased to be there. The boat is like any other and the sights like any other. The price of snacks on board was extreme though so I would recommend you take food/drinks with you.


Reviewed 1 year ago

Fantastic Vivid Cruise

This cruise exceeded my expectations. I have to use a forearm crutch to walk and balance and The crew were fantastic in assisting me with boarding and moving around the boat to be able to see the best of the “Vivid” light show. Not only did they help, but they did so in a friendly manner. Top marks to all, you made my Sydney Harbour cruise the highlight of my stay.

Carolyn Hall

Reviewed 1 year ago

VIVID Cruising… WOW!

We went on an evening tour of the Sydney Harbour during the VIVID Festival.The crew from Fantasea were welcoming and happily directed us to where the departure point was, with easy simple directions out of towners could follow. We were provided with a nice cold drink on board to help soak up the sights of VIVID. If we hadn’t gone a cruise we wouldn’t have seen half of the spectacular sights Sydney has to offer. Thank you

Lee Bee

Reviewed 1 year ago

Vivid Sydney

If you are traveling to Sydney to see the light shows we can totally recommend you see it by the sea! You get the best view of the whole city that you miss if going around by foot. This cruise offered a 75-minute cruise including a free drink and amazing sights and scenic views. Got some fabulous panoramic shots.

Christopher C

Reviewed 2 years ago

Vivid Sydney 2016

Had awesome wonderful time on the vivid cruise i booked with Fantasea the staff and crew were very helpful and friendly. Keep up the good work

Tour Highlights: Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise

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