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Accessibility at Vivid Sydney 2024

Accessibility at Sydney's annual celebration of creativity, innovation and technology gets better and better each year.

Sydney will be illuminated from 24 May – 15 June 2024 with Vivid Sydney 2024, the fourteenth annual celebration of creativity, innovation and technology. The city’s iconic buildings and urban spaces will house art installations, live music and performances, and immersive experiences that will transcend your expectations.

Vivid Sydney has now been running for fourteen years, and each year sees new improvements in access and inclusion for visitors with disabilities. Here’s our round up of key accessibility information that will make your visit to Vivid Sydney 2024 a memorable and enjoyable one.

Vivid Sydney 2024: Getting There and Getting Around

Accessible public transport – including busses, trains, and ferries – is available for getting to and around Vivid Sydney 2024. However, you will need to plan your trip carefully, as services will be altered with different routes and stops to accommodate the installations of the festival. The Transport NSW website has a trip planner that marks accessible routes and services.

Sydney Opera House will operate a free shuttle bus service for visitors with limited mobility throughout Vivid Sydney 2024. The route runs between Circular Quay and the Opera House before and after major performances. There’s also a wheelchair-accessible buggy service available during the day. It operates on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you allow plenty of time and get in early.

A Vivid Sydney volunteer helping an older woman exit a shuttle bus, with a walker waiting in front of the stairs for her
There will be a free shuttle bus service available at Vivid Sydney 2024 for less mobile visitors. Credit: Destination NSW

Changed traffic conditions and crowds can make it difficult for taxis and rideshares to access some areas of Vivid Sydney 2024, but they are available as an alternative if public transport is not accessible for you. Wheelchair Book & Ride is a centralised service for booking wheelchair accessible taxis in the Sydney metropolitan area; you can book your taxi online or by phone, 24/7.

Limited car parking will be available at the Sydney Opera House, including accessible parking spaces on levels 1 and 6. Bookings are essential. All car parks in the CBD are expected to fill up early during Vivid Sydney 2024, and there are extensive restrictions on street parking due to road closures. There is a comprehensive list of accessible pick-up/drop-off zones on the Vivid Sydney 2024 website, including locations in Circular Quay, Barangaroo, and Darling Harbour.

Accessible Viewing Areas at Vivid Sydney 2024

There are four main designated accessible viewing areas at Vivid Sydney 2024, with unreserved seating and less obstructed views. They’re open from 6pm each evening and expected to be less crowded than areas open to the general public.

  • Sydney Opera House: viewing area for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, and other harbourside sites.
  • Hickson Road Reserve, Dawes Point: viewing area for the Sydney Opera House and other harbourside sites.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art lawn: viewing area for the Sydney Opera House and other harbourside sites.
  • Tumbalong Park: viewing area for the Tumbalong Park stage.
A VIvid Sydney volunteer with a map showing two visitors where to go, with the illuminated Sydney Opera House visible in the background
Head to one of the designated accessible viewing areas for less obstructed – and less crowded – views of Vivid Sydney 2024. Credit: Destination NSW

Accessibility at the Vivid Light Walk

The Vivid Light Walk is the centrepiece of the Vivid experience each year, and at Vivid Sydney 2024 the route has been carefully planned to ensure accessibility. Each section of the walk is wheelchair accessible, though bear in mind that it will be crowded at peak times (weekends and public holidays) which may limit manoeuvrability. The gradients vary with the existing urban landscape, and there are ramps in place where required for specific installations.

There are Changing Places facilities located at Circular Quay West (under the Cahill Expressway), and Tumbalong Park. Standard accessible bathroom facilities can be found along each section of the Vivid Light Section walk, including Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, and Darling Harbour.

Accessible Toilet sign in front of street signage and illuminated buildings at Vivid Sydney
There are accessible bathrooms available along the Vivid Light Walk, and Changing Places facilities at key locations for Vivid Sydney 2024. Credit: Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney 2024 has audio descriptions of each of the Vivid Light Walk installations available. Access them by scanning the QR code at each light box along the Vivid Light Walk, or listen to them ahead of time via the Vivid Sydney 2024 website.

Getting Assistance at Vivid Sydney 2024

Vivid Sydney 2024 is a participant in the Hidden Disability Sunflower Program. If you have a lanyard, be sure to bring it with you, as only limited numbers will be available for distribution at the festival. Staff and volunteers are trained to provide extra support, time, and understanding for people wearing the Sunflower symbol.

There are six information booths across Vivid Sydney 2024, staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who are happy to help. They can provide maps, program information, advice on getting around, and other helpful tips.

A Vivid Sydney volunteer assisting visitors (one of whom is using a mobility scooter) next to Vivid Sydney signage that shows a QR code for audio description
The volunteers at Vivid Sydney 2024 are always happy to help. Credit: Destination NSW

Find a list of Information Booth locations, and comprehensive accessibility information for the festival (including contact information for Vivid Sydney 2024’s Accessibility Officer), on the Vivid Sydney 2024 website.

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