Vivid turned the lights back on last Friday, illuminating the city with projections, colours, swirling visuals, interactive art and glowing installations along its longest-ever Light Walk.

Spanning 8.5 kilometres, it stretches from the Opera House through Circular Quay and The Rocks, snaking around the Harbour Bridge into Walsh Bay and Barangaroo, down to Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park, cutting through Haymarket and finally ending at Central Station. You can go the other way around, or see different segments at a time: it’s one big, brilliant choose-your-own adventure affair.

Along the way, see the iconic lighting of the Opera House sails – with art by the late and great John Olsen – plus projections on Sydney landmarks like Customs House, the MCA, the Harbour Bridge, the Powerhouse Museum and Central Station.

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There’s also Lightscape, a multi-sensory experience transforming the Royal Botanic Garden with colourful canopies and botanical brilliance; Dark Spectrum, taking place in the disused tunnels underneath Wynyard Station; a water show that combines water shooters with fire and pyrotechnics called Elemental; The Last Ocean, the biggest installation in Vivid Sydney history – it’s 588 square metres of interactive floor that changes shapes and colours as you walk across in; and plenty more to see and do.

Broadsheet photographer Yusuke Oba took his camera around over the weekend (he also shot a preview) last week. Click through our gallery for some of the best sights along this year’s Light Walk.

Vivid Sydney 2023 runs from May 26 to June 17.