Los Angeles Times

Visit Vivid Sydney

- — Mary Forgione

Visit Australia in time for Vivid Sydney, the festival that transforms the city with light installati­ons, music and ideas. Swain Destinatio­ns offers an 11-night tour that includes time to explore Sydney, the Hunter Valley wine country, the Blue Mountains and the beaches of Byron Bay. Participan­ts will spend four nights in Sydney, during which they can see the light show at places such as Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden. The tour adds a Vivid BridgeClim­b of the lighted-up Sydney Harbour Bridge and a Vivid Lighting the Sails Cruise to see the show from the water. Participan­ts receive a rental car to drive to the Hunter Valley for winetastin­gs and the Blue Mountains before heading back to Sydney and flying north to Byron Bay on the country’s Gold Coast. Dates: May 26-June 17 Price: From $3,085 per person, double occupancy. Includes airport transfers, four-day car rental, lodgings, including stays at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, five breakfasts, tour of Byron Bay as well as the bridge climb and cruise. Internatio­nal airfare and internal airfare (starting at $175 per person) are not included

Info: Swain Destinatio­ns, (866) 429-9722, www.lat.ms/vividsydne­y

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