The Art of New South Wales

A 10-day self-drive itinerary taking in the highlights of the cities and beaches of New South Wales, based around Vivid Sydney (this takes place late May – mid June each year).

Vivid Sydney is one of the highlights of Sydney’s cultural calendar. Art and technology combine, bringing some of the country’s best artists together for a 23-day long festival across the city. Not to be missed is a record-holding drone performance, where 100 illuminated drones dance over Sydney Harbour, accompanied by the dulcet tones of Sydney Youth Orchestra.

On this art journey we will introduce you to the artists and take you to their studios in the city, and behind the scenes of Vivid Sydney’s most popular acts. Of course Sydney and the rest of New South Wales offers more than just the art, and we can arrange activities such as a private harbour cruise or a seaplane flight over the city.


Day 1: Vivid Sydney

Flying with our preferred airline partner Qantas, arrive into Sydney first thing in the morning. You will be met by a Lightfoot Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day exploring Sydney and the its iconic sights, such as tour of the Rocks and Sydney harbour area.

In the evening watch as the city lights up because of Vivid Sydney. Your guide can show you the main highlights such as ‘Lighting the Sails’, ‘Fountain’, ‘Harbour Lights’ and ‘Drone 100’.

Stay: The Langham, Sydney

Day 2: Vivid Sydney

This morning explore some of Sydney’s art galleries, accompanied by an expert guide. We will introduce you to the directors who can give you an insight into Sydney’s most prolific artists. You will also have the chance to meet artists in their studios and workshops during Vivid Sydney.

In the evening take in a Vivid Sydney performance and marvel at the spectacular light displays. We can arrange back-stage access and the chance to meet the performers.

Stay: The Langham, Sydney

Day 3: Sydney Seaplane Cruise and Vivid Sydney

Today enjoy a magic day out with a scenic flight along Sydney’s Northern Beaches to Palm Beach, followed by a 3 course lunch overlooking Whale Beach at Jonah’s Restaurant. Jonah’s at Whale beach is one of Australia’s most prestigious ocean retreats. Jonah’s offers contemporary Australian cuisine combining the best and freshest local produce. After lunch, enjoy a glorious afternoon seaplane flight back to Rose Bay.

Performances at Vivid Sydney will still be ongoing, so More Vivid Sydney experiences in the evening

Stay: The Langham, Sydney

Days 4 - 5: Bellingen

Today head inland to the artist’s hub of Bellingen. This bohemian town is buzzing with markets, cafes and galleries, and hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Spend the next couple of days exploring.


Days 6 - 8: Byron Bay

The final leg of your journey is Byron Bay, the perfect place to simply relax. Surrounded by 30kms of beach, swim, sunbathe, surf and enjoy the fantastic array of restaurants. There are plenty of cultural activities happening throughout the year – be sure to check out the fire-eaters and acrobats at the Sunday market, and we recommend taking an art class at Byron Bay Art Centre, guaranteed to unlock the inner creative in you.

Kids will love Mimi’s Closet, a fun dress-up photography experience; Funky Moves Dance Studio; and Byron Bay’s Centre for the Visual Arts which offers classes in mask making and painting.

The NSW north coast offers visitors a smorgasbord of visual delights and is home to some of the most spectacular and accessible coastline in Australia. Get in touch with nature by visiting one of the North Coast’s pristine national parks and reserves.

Day 9: Fly home (Via Sydney)

Fly back to Sydney for your return flight home, or spend a few more days exploring the city.


Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Vivid Sydney The Langham, Sydney
Day 2: Vivid Sydney The Langham, Sydney
Day 3: Sydney Seaplane Cruise and Vivid Sydney The Langham, Sydney
Days 4 - 5: Bellingen
Days 6 - 8: Byron Bay
Day 9: Fly home (Via Sydney)



  • Accommodation
  • All flights, flying with our preferred partner Qantas
  • Transfers
  • Excursions
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Visas
  • International Airfare
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel Insurance (Please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel Holidays)


Park Hyatt Sydney Bellingen Byron Bay

USD 5,125 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.