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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

This year’s Vivid Syd­ney, the world’s largest fes­ti­val of lights, is al­ready a spec­tac­u­lar hit. Throngs of tourists and Syd­neysiders are jostling each night for the best van­tage points around the har­bour fore­shores, but T&I rec­om­mends a savvy al­ter­na­tive to be­ing swal­lowed by the crowds. Set­ting off from the King Street Wharf at Dar­ling Har­bour on a sleek white ves­sel , the Cap­tain Cook Vivid Din­ner and Drinks Cruise pro­vides un­fet­tered views of the Vivid Syd­ney in­stal­la­tions and pro­jec­tions. The el­e­gant dining sec­tion comes with cheer­ful ta­ble ser­vice and sooth­ing live mu­sic; an all-in­clu­sive (and very palat­able) three-course meal is served, plus se­lected drinks. There are am­ple views from the in­door eat­ing area but the coup de theatre is the open-air up­per deck, which pro­vides a breath­tak­ing 360de­gree panorama. Grab a glass of cham­pagne and head up to toast the har­bour city’s il­lu­mi­nated fin­ery. Vivid Syd­ney ends June 8; din­ner and drinks cruises from 5pm ($59) or 7.30pm ($89); one-hour Vivid Lights voy­ages (from $29) are also of­fered. (Tip: It’s worth the ex­tra to book a win­dow-side ta­ble on din­ner out­ings.) More: cap­tain­cook.com.au.

JODY SPRATT

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