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Vivid Sydney 2022 Set to Break Records over Long Weekend

Vivid Sydney 2022 has attracted around 1.2 million visitors since Lights On less than two weeks ago, recorded the largest opening weekend and is on track to match previous visitor numbers over the long weekend.


Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the Queen’s birthday weekend is historically Vivid Sydney’s biggest and busiest weekend.


“Vivid Sydney visitors have turned out in record numbers, with weekends being the most popular. It’s fantastic to see the crowds, and we’re looking forward for another bumper long weekend,” Mr Ayres said.


“Vivid Sydney is transforming Sydney and having a huge impact on the recovery of our visitor economy and creative industries. Friends and families are out enjoying our Harbour City, restaurants are busy and our hotels have seen bookings spike to numbers we haven’t seen in years.


“This festival has something for everyone, it doesn’t matter your age, taste or interests. There is so much to see and do and I encourage everyone to plan ahead and where they can try and visit the festival over several days.”


Last Saturday night saw more than 222,000 visitors, the second-largest audience ever on the Vivid Sydney footprint and we are planning for more than 500,000 over the four nights of the long weekend.


Restaurants on the Vivid Sydney footprint recorded more than 300,000 patrons since the festival began, 19 per cent higher than at this point in 2019. More than 82 per cent of attendees are purchasing food and beverages on the footprint.


Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said the best way to travel into the city to see this spectacular show was to leave the car at home and catch public transport.


“We have plenty of extra public transport services to help visitors travel to and from Vivid Sydney,” Mr Elliott said.


“As large crowds are expected this weekend, particularly on the ferry services, plan ahead and plan your trip.

For trip planning information and road closures during Vivid Sydney, visit


To find out more information, book tickets and plan your Vivid Sydney experience click here

Vivid Sydney runs until Saturday 18 June and guests can enjoy the Light Walk each night from 6pm – 11pm.


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