The best seats in the city.
Apr 17, 2023 5:55am
Spanning the CBD including the likes of Circular Quay, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, pilgrims and Sydneysiders will be treated to 60 light transformations of the urban environment for three weeks from 26 May.
Below, we take a look at some of the best-positioned Sydney hotels with primo views of the harbour to soak up Vivid 2023.
An eco-hideaway within the sprawling lands of Taronga Zoo, Wildlife Retreat captures harbour views amongst animal sanctuaries and offers a seasonal menu with locally-sourced, native ingredients at the award-winning Me-Gal restaurant. A brand new illuminated night trail depicting Australia’s flora and fauna in the zoo will inevitably be a Vivid must-see.
Old-timey glamour and killer harbour views add to the allure of this destination hotel situated in the coveted Rocks district. Boasting 564 guest rooms and suites, award-winning dining options and Chi, The Spa, Shangri-La Sydney offers an urban oasis that’s still right in the thick of it.
You can’t get much closer to the action than Pier One that lies beside the southern pylon of bridge in Dawes Point. Working to a nautical theme with clean lines and enviable views, this wharf hotel is a fisherman or sightsee-er’s delight.
Beyond the Langham’s white marble lobby with chandeliers of yesteryear is the moody Observatory Bar with an exclusive wine list and curious cocktails. Mahogany furniture charms the guestrooms and the hotel’s tennis court, day spa, pool and hot tub make for good recovery after a late night of light sightseeing.
Bright and airy, the Four Seasons is thoughtfully designed with understated furnishings. Unwind with a trip to the spa and wellness centre, state-of-the-art gym or pool before heading out for the evening or dining at in-house Mode Kitchen that heroes modern Aussie dishes made with seasonal local produce.