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Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise

Vivid on Sydney Harbour is spectacular, and a Vivid Sydney Harbour cruise is the ideal way to experience it. The harbour comes alive in a hive of lights and displays. For 3 weeks of the year, the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular outdoor lighting, music and ideas festival will transform Sydney into a kaleidoscope of creative energy. Of course, the best seats to the light festival are on the harbour with Spirit Fleet.

In a first for the festival, see lights on vessels sailing on the harbour sync with the animated Martumili collective painting – Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground – that illuminates Sydney Opera House. Through clever programming and innovative technologies, the 3D mapped projections created by Curious in collaboration with Martu Artists that beautifully depict the Indigenous artists’ community and country also ripple across the water. When imagery morphs on the Sydney Opera House sails, the boats change colour simultaneously, making the watercraft part of a luminous aquatic artwork. This flotilla of colour also synchronises with the lights on Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s skyscrapers in an awe-inspiring array.   

Together, boats and ferries become part of a coordinated display that moves across the colour spectrum as they sail across the harbour. 

A number of commercial operators, including our very own Silver Spirit, participate in the installation, enabling passengers to enjoy an additional perspective on Vivid Sydney with mesmerising light reflections that dance upon the water.

Vivid sydney harbour cruise

These special rates are for group bookings on Silver Spirit, our luxury 60ft cruiser. Silver Spirit can host up to 30 guests.

Vivid sydney harbour cruise

$1600 up to 15 pax – Cash Bar, no food
$99pp for each additional guest up to 30

$1900 up to 15 pax – Open bar; beers, wines and soft drinks, with catering
$129pp for each additional guest up to 30

Includes crew, wharf fees and hot food (where applicable):

Vegetarian spring rolls
Hot meat party pies
Arancini balls 

Vivid Sydney harbour cruise

$1850 up to 15 pax – Cash Bar, no food
$129pp for each additional guest up to 30

$2200 up to 15 pax – Open bar; beers, wines and soft drinks, with catering
$144pp for each additional guest up to 30

Includes crew, wharf fees and hot food (where applicable):

Vegetarian spring rolls
Hot meat party pies
Arancini balls 

Vivid Sydney harbour cruise
Vivid sydney harbour cruise

$2300 up to 20pax – BYO 2 hrs – available Mon-Thurs

$2585 up to 20pax – BYO 3 hrs available Sun-Thurs

$3180 up to 20pax – BYO 4 hrs

Includes crew, wharf fees

BYO drinks

Optional catering from $45pp

Vivid Sydney harbour cruise

$3645 BYO 2 hrs + $15pp

$4495 BYO 3 hrs + $15pp

$5420 BYO 4 hrs + $15pp

Includes crew, wharf fees

BYO drinks

Optional catering from $45pp

Book your Vivid Sydney Harbour cruise with Spirit Fleet Boat Charters 

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual winter event of light, music, and ideas returning to illuminate Sydney for 2024 from 24 MAY – 15 JUNE 2024. With the Harbour City transformed into an outdoor lights sculptures exhibition. With Spirit Fleet Boat Charters private vivid cruise, you will get front-row seats to see all the action. Our knowledgeable skippers know how to cruise all the best vantage points.

Our boats cruise past the main precincts of the Vivid light festival; Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, The Botanical Gardens and Walsh Bay. Our mission is to give you the best vantage point anywhere on the Harbour. We have a range of boats available for Vivid Sydney harbour cruise for Vivid Sydney 2024.

We can provide food and drinks or if you’d prefer, we can quote BYO, as we have a range of boats depending on budget, taste and style. Enquire now about our packages available for both boats.

Vivid Sydney is sure to light up the Sydney skyline this year with mesmerising exhibitions of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations.

Vivid festival of light is a major winter event in Australia and has established itself as one of Australia’s best tourism events, something not to be missed. A vivid cruise is one of the best ways to capture the excitement of almost every installation on Sydney Harbour and Spirit Fleet Boat Charters have some special offers just for private Vivid Sydney harbour cruises.

Vivid cruises are one of the best ways to enjoy and experience most of the major installations that vivid Sydney has to offer. From the lights, the crowd, the music and the food, Vivid Festivals are definitely one of the must go to events in Sydney, and a vivid cruise provides you with an opportunity to experience all of these. If you have never attended a Vivid Festival, you are about to learn about one of the most beautiful and popular festivals in Australia. 

Both our boats have ample of space so that you do not miss out on any of the action. Several places on a yacht can be perfect for enjoying the festival. The rear deck, the aft deck the front deck and the wrap around decks should have plenty of space to make sure you have the time of your life.

Vivid 2024 runs from 24 MAY – 15 JUNE 2024 and is forecasted to be even better than last year. For more images of Vivid, check out Vivid Sydneys instagram page.

Spirit Fleet runs a Vivid Sydney Harbour cruise every year. Vivid Sydney have yet to announce the dates for Vivid 2025. We will let you know when they have been released.

What is Vivid Sydney?

As summer fades into winter, the Vivid Light Festival illuminates Sydney with colour and creativity, attracting the best creative minds in the world. Art, music, technology and creativity meet at the crossroads to create Vivid Sydney – one of the most explosive events organised in Sydney.

Vivid Sydney 2024 promises us eventful days of illuminating celebrations from 24 MAY – 15 JUNE 2024, and like every year it should have a lot of surprises in store for us!

The Vivid Lights Festival cruises on Sydney Harbour give you the exclusive opportunity to enjoy Vivid’s most extravagant spectacle – the light projections on the Opera House sails. You also get to see the interactive light display that paints the Harbour Bridge with a riot of colours and patterns. Be there on a Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise, to enjoy the best of what Vivid 2024 has to offer.

Depending on your budget, you could choose to do a Vivid Sydney Lights Cruise on Spirit Fleets private charters or simply join our ticketed cruise around the harbour taking in the dazzling Vivid Lights, inclusive of complimentary drink and food!

What were the highlights of Vivid Sydney last year?

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House hogs the limelight with its creative 3D light projections since the inception of Vivid Sydney festivals. Thousands of visitors choose to go on board Vivid Sydney cruises to get the best views of Sydney Harbour and the projected artworks on the Opera House sails.

Campbells Cove
The interactive light installations on Campbell’s Cove wharf and surrounds are he major attractions of the Vivid Sydney Festival. Go on board Spirit Fleet Boat Charter’s special Vivid Sydney harbour cruise and see the stunning experience up close.

Circular Quay

Vivid Sydney Festival is set to attract tens of thousands of spectators to see the spectacular foreshore of Circular Quay, a vibrant port where ferries and cruises dock.

Where can I learn more about Vivid Sydney?

For more details about Vivid Sydney, please visit

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