Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo

All the Sydney-siders would know that Sydney recently held the ‘Vivid’ festival, but for those of you who are not aware of what this is, let us explain.

So what is Vivid Sydney all about?  Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas which runs for close to a month every year.  It’s a free event featuring creative displays of light, sculptures, installations and music.  These light displays and pictures are projected on to various buildings around the city, including the famous Opera House. Most would have to say that the display on the Opera House is the highlight of Vivid. I guess you could describe the event as a huge outdoor ‘art gallery’.  Vivid Sydney has been running for a number of years now and it’s a very popular event for locals and tourists alike.

Every few years we brave the crowds and head in to the city to see Vivid, last time we even did a dinner cruise to view it from the harbour. This year we thought we’d try something different and purchased tickets to see Vivid at Taronga Zoo and it was amazing.

dsc_0301What happens at Vivid at Taronga Zoo?  Now this is another experience altogether. With incredible giant animal sculptures scattered throughout the zoo, this is truly a great experience.  Add in the incredible views back towards the lights of the city and it’s a breathtaking experience.

Unlike the Vivid displays in the city, you do need to purchase a ticket to visit the Zoo, but we think it was worth it.  It’s a totally different experience and, as the ticket numbers are limited and you are limited to a certain time slot, it isn’t as crowded as the city.

As you arrive at the Zoo you are greeted with amazing pictures projected onto Taronga’s heritage-listed main entrance.  From here you are issued with your interactive wristband and head down the illuminated trail that winds its way through the grounds of Taronga Zoo.  Every so often there is a huge light sculpture of one of the zoo animals.

The great thing about this event is that proceeds from all tickets go directly back to Taronga Zoo’s work in conservation and wildlife care.

Below are just a few of the photos we took at this year’s Vivid at Taronga Zoo.




Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House & Farm

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This morning we headed out for a taste of country life ….. 10 minutes from home!  We have been talking about going to Rouse Hill House & Farm for years and now we will definitely be back, what a beautiful place!  Today we went to the Autumn Harvest.  This featured markets, which had local produce such as chutneys, honey, oils and vinegars, fruit and vegetables and yummy scones, jam & cream!

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Rouse Hill House & Farm is a 19th century sandstone house set on 13 acres of rural property, including lots of barns and outbuildings.  The views from here are great, surrounded by lush green paddocks and bush.  You wouldn’t think you are that close to the city ……. until you look across the road through the trees and see the big ‘bunnings’ sign!!

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Richard Rouse and his wife, Elizabeth, were granted the land and built the house in the early 1800’s.  Six generations of the Rouse family then occupied the house consecutively from the 1800’s until the late 1990’s, how amazing is that.  It was then opened as a museum to share it’s amazing history with the public.

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 We will be back to tour the house itself, so much more history to learn.   You tend to take your local surroundings for granted, but you’d be amazed at how much history surrounds us, get out there and find out about your local areas too!

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