VIVID SYDNEY IS BACK !

The following post has been written by the Sea Sydney Harbour team to provide information on Vivid Sydney and promote their Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruises. 

The speculation and travel plans have been happening for some months now, but it’s only recently been confirmed that Vivid Sydney is set to return for 2019! For it’s 11th year running Vivid Sydney is set to dazzle our beautiful city!

Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of lights, music and ideas. The vibrant outdoor festival attracts millions of visitors to Sydney, with the iconic Sydney Opera House being a key focal point of the festival. The array of light installations around Sydney are amazing, and the water is certainly a great place to experience the festival and fun vibes.

This year Sea Sydney Harbour is excited to announce THE LAUNCH of a NEW INTIMATE HARBOUR CATAMARAN CRUISE on board vessel Fleetwing II.

 

THE VESSEL

Fleetwing II is a luxury 16 metre motor catamaran cruiser that can accommodate for up to 46 guests. Consisting of four deck areas, with upper and lower deck spaces, a large internal cabin and easily accessible bow area, the vessel can be enjoyed in comfort in all weather conditions. The vessel has a modern and sophisticated vibe, with an on board bar and plenty of room to enjoy the harbour views and Vivid lights.

 

AN INTIMATE VIVID SYDNEY CRUISE

See the spectacular sights and sounds and enjoy the scenic views of Sydney’s enlightened buildings and landmarks. Enjoy the water, see the lights and landmarks and skip the crowds with a harbour cruise departing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the festival period.

What’s included?

  • A 90 minute cruise aboard Fleetwing II with an experienced skipper and crew (maximum passenger numbers of 46)
  • Delicious canapés + 1 complimentary beverage per person (further drinks can be purchased on board)
  • Convenient pick up and drop off location at Towns Place Wharf

This intimate cruising experience is perfect to bring along the whole family, or to enjoy with friends or colleagues, as you take in the breathtaking views of Sydney and the spectacular Vivid Sydney light display.

 

DON’T MISS THE BOAT !

As the festival continues to grow each year there are more and more sites to see from the water and harbour cruises are becoming a popular way to see the lights. No more walking through the crowded streets – jump on a boat and experience the fun from the water!

Vivid Sydney 2019 runs from Friday 24th May through to Saturday 15th June 2019. Secure your ticket on board and be sure not to miss the boat!

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5 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

Captain Frank has been skippering vessels on Sydney Harbour for a number of years now and his knowledge of the harbour is vast. However last year he began exploring the harbour with a tourist cap on his head and he discovered some new and fun facts about the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Also known as the ‘Coathanger’, the bridge is iconic to Sydney Harbour and the views from the water are outstanding. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge and one of Australia’s most well-known and photographed landmarks.

 

BUT DID YOU KNOW…

1. The Harbour Bridge is actually an optical illusion. Despite the bridge looking to be curved each piece that makes up the bridge is actually straight.

 

2. The top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge arch actually rises and falls about 180mm (18cm) due to changes in the temperature! There are special hinges in the arch top that allow for this movement.

3. Ever wondered why the Sydney Harbour Bridge is grey? When the bridge was built, grey was the only available colour in a large enough quantity to paint the entire span of the bridge. 272,000 litres of paint were required to give the bridge its initial paint. 

 

4. Before the opening of the bridge in 1932, up to 96 steam locomotives were positioned in various ways to test the load capacity of the bridge.

5. While the bridge is certainly a Sydney icon today, at the time of construction, approximately 800 families living in the planned path of the Harbour Bridge were displaced without any compensation (certainly not a fun fact, but definitely an interesting one!)

With the Sydney Harbour Bridge now carrying eight vehicle lanes (more than 160,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily), two train lines, a footway and a cycleway, as well as providing the opportunity for Sydney locals and visitors to climb the top of the bridge, imagining Sydney without this icon is not even possible!

 

The views from the water are absolutely stunning and no matter how many times Captain Frank and the team cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is still amazing and its wow-factor stands strong. You can join Captain Frank and the team on either a private booking or a scheduled harbour tour – we guarantee Sydney Harbour and the views from the water will impress you!

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A BLANKET OF FIRE AND BEAUTY

Captain Frank invited a friend out on the Sydney Harbour Sunset & Sparkle Cruise upon the product’s initial launch… So we decided to share her write up!

BY ANNIE B.

As a Sydney-sider I am often treated to a spectacular sunset, with glorious pink and red hues being spread across the sky like a blanket of fire. To say I am spoilt with views is an understatement, as these amazing sunset displays come out for show.

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Absolutely spectacular colours spread across the sky as the sun sets on a Summer evening. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour.

 

With Sydney having such vivid sunsets, the next question is where is the best place to capture such a picturesque occasion from? Of course we want the best vantage point so we have the footage to share across social media.

Scrolling through the internet searching for the answer to this question… well it seems that such a discussion is open for debate, with many personal opinions being listed and with the images shared, it’s hard to say they are wrong. Put simply, Sydney has amazing sunsets and there seems to be a number of great spots to capture these from!

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Capturing this amazing sunset over Sydney from Athol Bay. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

On this note, a common feature I did notice from the array of listed locations that I sifted through, was that many selected Sydney spots – Watsons Bay, Manly, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Opera House and a number of key harbour side hotels and restaurants – had one thing in common, Sydney Harbour. Thinking about it, the sun does look better glistening off the water.

Just when I thought the idea of a Sydney sunset could not get much better, the opportunity arose for me to experience a gorgeous sunset aboard a harbour cruise. Wow!! To say the least, this was like front row seats at the opera, side line seats at the footy grand final and rooftop seats for an eclipse. Not only did I view the gorgeous sunset from a prime location, but I enjoyed a cruise around the harbour, where I relaxed, grazed on some nibbles and enjoyed a glass of champagne.

Cruising the harbour and watching the sun setting underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Image - Sea Sydney Harbour.
Cruising the harbour, watching the sun set underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour.

 

For the keen photographer, the lover of relaxation, the explorer of Sydney – the sun setting over Sydney Harbour is definitely a dream setting; a blanket of fire and beauty.

The Sunset & Sparkle Harbour Cruise that I got to experience is certainly one to put into the schedule on your next visit to Sydney!

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JUMP (OR PADDLE) ON BOARD!

It’s the latest craze to hit the beaches, it’s cool and core-friendly – so we’ve decided it’s definitely time to jump (or paddle) on board! Our Captain’s been practising… and he’s not quite there yet, but I’m sure he will get the hang of it soon!

Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) boarding is an excellent way to bond with friends and family, while keeping active, fit and building core strength. Suitable for all fitness levels, it’s a fun water activity that is making waves – literally!

Sea Sydney Harbour has recently added two inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Boards to its portfolio and we’re so excited for the Summer season and fun activities to begin! These can be added to any daytime private charter booking for some additional fun, and fun is definitely what you will have!

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One of the new Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Boards. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Jump in the water for a swim, and enjoy the use of paddle boards, pool noodles and the fun of beach balls bouncing around! What better way to spend your Summer Sydney days!

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1, 2, 3… Jump!! The boys made the most of the cool Harbour water, while the girls got a little tired of paddling, and opted to rest and take advantage of a perfect photo opportunity. Images – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Perhaps you will be able give Captain Frank a pointer or two?!? Check out Sea Sydney Harbour and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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A RE-ENERGISED LOVE

Melissa (a relative of Captain Frank) shares her views of Sydney upon returning for a visit after a few years of life overseas. Here’s her story!

by melissa balzan

I arrived after a long separation – 9 months since we last met, and before that, we had parted for 12 months. My relationship with Sydney seems to be one of love and aversion: when I am here for too long, I wish to leave; and when I am away, I can only dream of my return. Though this time, there seems to be a new energy in the city of Sydney – within which I wish to indulge.

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One of Sydney’s many landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park – captured against the beautiful blue skies. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sydney is known around the world for its beauty: its landmark Harbour Bridge and Opera House, its warm golden beaches, and its friendly and down-to-earth Aussies. But after I return from living and working overseas for a while, I appreciate so much more: the skies here are so blue, the air is so clean, and the city re-development works underway are set to rival some of the best in the world.

What has struck me particularly this time, is the public space that has been claimed back by the people and is free for Sydney siders and visitors to enjoy. Barangaroo Reserve is a shining example of this – set by the beautiful harbour with spectacular urban skyline views, and with native gardens, cycle tracks and walk (or stroll) ways – this place is perfect for an afternoon picnic; and on my visit I was also lucky enough to experience some excellent open-air sculptural installations. Other new sites in the heart of the city offer similar public experiences: Central Park Precinct at Ultimo and the Goods Line that connects Ultimo and Darling Harbour, for example.

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The open-air sculptural installations at Barangaroo Reserve. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Amongst these new iconic points, I also wonder among contemporary architectural gems by world-renowned superstars: One Central Park at Ultimo designed by Jean Nouvel with PTW Architects; and the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at University of Technology by Frank Gehry. And set to come is the reimagined International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour by joint venture Hassell + Populous, and also DUO at Central Park by Foster and Partners.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the design talent, the big city buzzer – Sydney truly offers it all.

In my time overseas, I have been asked of my home city hundreds of times. When I proudly respond with the name Sydney, the reaction is often, “Ahh .. a dream city.” And indeed, Sydney is a dream city, my dream city. I encourage everyone to just lose themselves in its beauty at least once in their life.

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A mix of Sydney-siders and visitors enjoying Sydney’s beauty. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

When I return next, as I fly in over the stunning Sydney Harbour, I will be looking forward to my further re-discovery of the city – perhaps this time on the water, with uninterrupted views of the beautiful harbour and cityscape.

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VIVID SYDNEY +5

The following post has been written by the Sea Sydney Harbour team to provide information on Vivid Sydney and promote their Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruises. 

It’s back… bigger and brighter than ever!! +5 for the 5 stars that this festival deserves – a true 5 out of 5 star rating!! And +5 for the additional 5 nights that the festival will run for in 2016!!

The longest ever Vivid Sydney Festival will shine for 23 nights, illuminating Sydney Harbour, new and much-love precincts, and hosting vibrant music performances and big ideas talks. The festival runs from Friday 27th May through to Saturday 18th June 2016.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House well-lit and claiming all the attention. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

The sails of the Sydney Opera House will continue to be a key feature of the Vivid Lights festival and will transform into an animated canvas of the oldest Australian Indigenous art. Vivid Sydney’s brilliant lights also return to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, yet new additions to the festival include Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, which will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

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The water-theatre fountain in Darling Harbour. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Beyond Vivid Lights, Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues in the line up. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts and storytellers, shaping the creative landscape for upcoming artists, who will headline Vivid Ideas.

 

Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruises

Cruise with colour and creativity and experience the 5 star Vivid Sydney Festival from a prime location cruising Sydney Harbour. See the spectacular sights and sounds and enjoy the scenic views of Sydney’s enlightened buildings and landmarks. Aboard Kirralee, there are indoor and outdoor areas for viewing the light displays, so skip the crowds and experience the festival on a boat with Sea Sydney Harbour.

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The stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge shining bright and bold. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Ticketed cruises run for 1.5 hours and there are various departure times on each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the festival. Cruises will also be running on the public holiday Monday 13th June.

Light refreshments and soft drink will be provided. Passengers can choose to BYO alcoholic beverages. No corkage fees apply.

Vivid Harbour Cruises are perfect to bring along the whole family and enjoy breathtaking views of Sydney and the spectacular light display!

What’s included?
• 1.5 hour charter aboard The Kirralee with an experienced skipper and deck hand/host. An intimate cruising experience with maximum passenger numbers of 30.
• Pick up and drop off at King Street Wharf
• Light refreshments and soft drink

 

Grab Your Ticket Today!

Named Australia’s best tourism event for 3 consecutive years, this festival is not to be missed!! Why not experience Vivid Sydney aboard a harbour cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour.

Cruise with colour and creativity and enjoy 5 star views of Sydney’s iconic buildings and landmarks bathed in bright lights and vibrant colours. Find Sea Sydney Harbour on Facebook, like our page and follow the ‘Vivid Sydney Festival 2016 Harbour Cruises’ event to discover the latest information and keep up to date on ticket availability. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Moving lights captured at the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

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LOTS OF LIGHT AND LOVE FOR VIVID SYDNEY

Vivid Sydney is a spectacular array of light, music and ideas. The festival is an annual event and there is always something new and fun to explore. If you’re a lover of art, music, live performances or just a fan of Sydney in general, you will love the Vivid Sydney festival! Captain Frank sure does!

Falling in love with Vivid Sydney is not a hard thing to do. Here are some of Captain Frank’s top reasons why he enjoys the Vivid Sydney Festival each year.

  • You could go every year and still be amazed at the spectacular display. It is always different.
  • The festival makes Sydney feel alive and fun, and despite the pre-winter evening chill thousands of people flock to the big city.
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Circular Quay on show during the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – www.paxtyvisuals.com

 

  • At no other time of the year does Sydney look so beautiful!
  • The city comes together inspired by creativity, ideas, lights and fun.
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Vivid Festival crowds near Sydney Opera House. Image – www.theguardian.com

 

  • The atmosphere across the city is absolutely amazing!!!
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Dance all night during the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

This year take up a prime location and see Vivid Sydney from aboard a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Considering the popularity and love of the festival, there is no doubt that the crowds on land will be large with festival crowds expected to grow. What better position to view the city light display then aboard a cruise on Sydney Harbour!

Planning to attend the festival this year? Share your pictures capturing the beautiful art and lights across Sydney on Instagram

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