By the time we finished with the clothes shopping it was time to head down to Vivid Sydney! The first thing we saw was a large buildings’ facade being used as a back drop for a animated fairytale film that featured a blue-tongued lizard, dragons, cockatoos, fairies, and other wildlife in magical forests and ocean worlds. The animation was made to fit the facade perfectly, incorporating windows, gutters and building edges into the landscape. My first impression was absolute astonishment! It was so clever, so thought through and so colourful! Next we headed along the quay towards the Opera House and admired all the exhibitions on route. Some were for touching and interacting, others for admiration from a distance. It was lovely watching the children running around some of the pieces, enjoying the experience and playing around with the artwork and colours (as it was meant to be played with). Behind us the skyscrapers of Circular Quay lit up in different colours, in front of us the Sydney Bridge lit up with colourful stripes of light along the bars and infrastructure. We turned the corner, and behold was the greatest show of the whole festival: the Opera House. This year it featured contemporary Aboriginal artists in a visual tapestry of constantly changing patterns, themes and colours. The “Lighting the sails” went on an effortless loop, gliding from one gorgeous still frame to the next. The subjects and objects were moving in the image, making it so mesmerising. Next we entered into the botanical gardens and walked through a tunnel made of fairy light flowers before watching a tree come to life in colourful snakes that slithered along the grooves and branches on the trunk. My favourite piece of the whole festival! Afterwards we headed back round to circular quay and over to the other side of the harbour to watch the Opera House again from across the water. Eventually our feet couldn’t hold us up any longer and we trekked home to the apartments for some dinner and a well deserved rest.