Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Vivid 2018

Last weekend was the Queens Birthday long weekend here in New South Wales which is good and bad. Good because we get the Monday off work and bad because the NSW Gestapo er Police roll out their double demerits to relieve you of even more points from your license. So the bike wasn't coming out this weekend.

So instead this weekend in Sydney we have the Vivid Festival which is on every year from 25th May to June 16th. Vivid is a festival of light, sound and ideas and is also free. We travelled into the city on Sunday night staying at the Marriott in Circular Quay. The weather was a little inclement with passing showers throughout the night. Unfortunately for me I forgot to take the tripod for my camera. Most of the photos I took didn't turn out too well so here are some of the best almost passable photos I took.

The photo above and below were both in fairly low light conditions, there was definitely less light to the naked eye than you can see in the actual photo so I was a little surprised at them to be honest.

At around 6pm when the darkness has fallen the light show got underway. It finishes at around 11pm so there's plenty of time to see all the displays. The Opera house is always the centerpiece of the display.

Circular Quay

Marriott Hotel - We were slumming it here tonight

Darling Harbour
We caught a Ferry around to Darling Harbour for Dinner and the girls were treated to fire works before returning to our hotel at Circular Quay.

The next morning the girls decided we would have breakfast in the Rocks area down near the southern pylons of the Harbour Bridge. It's a very historic area of Sydney that you can see on earlier posts on my blog. After this we visited Observatory Hill before making for home.

and thanks for reading.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks but it was a bit of a failure on my part. Need a tripod for night photography.

  2. Fabulous photos Steve! One of my old workmates went over for it and was blown away with the spectacle.

    Double demerits eh? Don't have that across the ditch but they do enforce a 5km/hr tolerance pretty vigorously on holiday weekends. I tend not to go out on holiday weekends simply because of the big traffic volume, many of whom have no right to be behind a steering wheel.

    Nice post mate!

    1. Thanks Geoff
      That 5kmh tolerance is as farcical as our double demerits. Just an excuse to get out and make as much easy revenue as possible in the shortest amount of time. Agreed about morons being on the roads at those times. Licensing needs a much tougher skills test to pass than the current system of handing them out to anybody.

  3. Opera house looks pretty cool under the lighting display but...I like motorbikes...

    1. Yes I like motorbikes too, but sadly there's not much riding happening lately. That might change very soon though.

  4. Those pictures turned out just fine.

    Great photo of your girls too. They are growing up so fast, but their age is making you look old. :-)

    1. I am getting old Brandy, it amazing how fast they grow up really....