1. Lightscape at Vivid Sydney
    Photograph: Supplied | Lightscape | Vivid Sydney
  2. Two women taking a selfie under a fairy-lit tunnel.
    Photograph: Supplied | Reece McMillan | Lightscape | Royal Botanic Garden
  3. Lightscape at Vivid Sydney
    Photograph: Supplied | Lightscape | Vivid Sydney
  4. Lightscape at Vivid Sydney
    Photograph: Supplied | Lightscape | Vivid Sydney
  • Art, Digital and interactive


Sydney's Botanic Gardens will sparkle until June 15 thanks to the magical immersive light show that is Lightscape

Winnie Stubbs

Time Out says

Winter in Sydney can be pretty darn sparkly, with major thanks to Vivid – the annual multidisciplinary festival that lights up the city for a few weeks every year. One particularly glittery feature of the Vivid Sydney 2024 program is Lightscape – an immersive light show that is illuminating the Royal Botanic Garden until Saturday, June 15. (Lightscape is a paid-entry event, and we reckon the ticket price is well worth it, but if you're looking for free things to do at Vivid, head over here.)

Originally created by a group of artists more than a decade ago, Lightscape has transformed spaces around the world into sell-out immersive experiences. And though some Sydneysiders were up in arms about having to pay to access the Botanic Garden (generally a free-to-access public space) during last year's season, once you’ve experienced Lightscape in the flesh, you’ll understand the reasoning.

As the sun begins to set over Sydney Harbour, you'll wander under larger-than-life flowers, and tree canopies will come alive with light. Follow the 1.8km illuminated trail as your surroundings morph from one luminous delight into another. Food and drinks are available to purchase along the route, or you can hold out and head to one of the many excellent restaurants that Circular Quay has to offer.

Tickets start at $30 for adults ($18 for kids aged 3-12), and the entrance for Lightscape is located at the Queen Elizabeth II Gates, which are right next to the Sydney Opera House forecourt. 

You can book your tickets over here.


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From $30 per adult ($18 for kids)
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