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Vivid Sydney Boat Cruises

Vivid Sydney was launched in 2009 with the goal of promoting energy efficiency, featuring mainly light paintings displays on the outside of the Opera House. A few years later it has grown into a world-renowned event, for all of us to enjoy!

This year, Vivid will switch on the lights on the 27th May and you will have three weeks to come down to the CBD and experience the fun of this “music and ideas festival”. Real family event, Vivid Sydney has something for everyone from the free installations in town, to interactive displays, concerts and of course magnificent Harbour cruises!!!

A lot of boats offer special deals for Vivid, from exclusive events on your very own boat, to affordable shared cruises from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay. Those who have done a Vivid cruise before will understand how special it is; for those who haven’t, now is the time to book yours and see Sydney in a totally different and vibrant way. There is a lot to discover on shore, but also on the water with lots of interesting and coordinated lighting effects on the participating boats. Scroll down to see the list of boats and cruises on offer for Vivid Sydney 2016.

If you are on a budget, simply pick a short transfer from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay, so you get to see most of the lights from the harbour, and enjoy a walk around the CBD. Why not add a couple of drinks to the experience, and perhaps a nice dinner and make the most of your night out? Vivid being during the “low season”, there are plenty of really good value cruises for you to choose from, so have a look below and book yours online today. Note that Vivid cruises on weekend will get booked out, so secure your boat early to avoid disappointment.

See you on the Harbour!!!

See below for our favourite boats for a special
Vivid Sydney Cruise this year

Note that we have a wide range of boats available; contact us to discuss and we’ll help you to find exactly what you need.






From $3,645 for 2h - up to 36 guests
From $1,000/h - up to 30 guests
From $750/h - up to 25 guests
From $1,250/h - up to 30 guests
From $850/h (up to 100 guests)
From $1200/h (up to 36 people)
From $550/h - (up to 45 guests)
$3,000 - Up to 230 guests
From $950/h - Up to 100 guests
From $990/h - up to 41 guests
POA - Up to 200 guests

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Find out how Smart Cruiser Sydney can make your event truly special

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