Lights on for Vivid video

The sails of the Sydney Opera House resemble fish scales on the third night of the Vivid Sydney light and music festival May 25, 2014. For 18 days beginning on Friday the Vivid Sydney festival will combine outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and is one of the world's largest creative industry forums.   REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

In Sydney, the "lunatics take over the asylum" this winter, creating a spectacle of music, lights and events.

Sydney's Light Fantastic gallery

'Sydney Opera House Sails' by Universal Everything

The Sydney Opera House showed its colours this week, with the launch of the Vivid Sydney festival.

Survival of the slowest

A flatback turtle digs a hold to lay its eggs in on the coast of the Timor Sea.

A rare flatbacked turtle lays her eggs on the shores of the Timor Sea - under the eyes of a group of fascinated tourists.

Howe's that for an island escape

Rising above lush rainforest and the lagoon, the two mountains are a majestic sight.

The challenge is to find a spot which is attractive enough to tour without being dominated by tourists.

20 minutes to France

A sign for Grenache grapes in a Barossa Valley vineyard.

There's a whiff of France about the Barossa, Australia's premier wine region.

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Lights on for Vivid video

31052015 News Photo: Derek Flynn/ Fairfax NZ. 
Vivid Festival Sydney 2015.
Light, Music and Idea's. Runs 22 of May thru to 8th of June.
Sydney Opera House , Customhouse, Museum of Contemorary Art, Circular Quay.

In Sydney, the "lunatics take over the asylum" this winter, creating a spectacle of music, lights and events.

Cat cafes paw for dominance video

Will the claws come out now that there's more than one cat cafe in Sydney? Apparently not.

Sydney: On hallowed ground

Small bars, big city

outback

20 reasons to visit Uluru

A 5 hour time exposure of the stars in over Uluru,Central Australia.

The Red Centre offers awe-inspiring nature, as well as a wealth of cultural, astronomical and gastronomical experiences.

A 4WD adventure

Creepy encounters make for an unforgettable outback adventure in Western Australia.

Mount Connor or ‘‘Fool-uru’’ differs from Uluru in that it has a distinctive flat top with a separate top layer.

The rock that is fooling the tourists

So many tourists mistake this other big rock in Central Australia it's been nicknamed 'Fool-uru'.

nature

Survival of the slowest

A flatback turtle digs a hold to lay its eggs in on the coast of the Timor Sea.

A rare flatbacked turtle lays her eggs on the shores of the Timor Sea - under the eyes of a group of fascinated tourists.

Mornington glory

Food, wine and farm gate magic, an hour's drive from Melbourne.

Barrels holding 140 years of port at Seppeltsfield, one of Australia's oldest wineries.

20 minutes to France

There's a whiff of France about the Barossa, Australia's premier wine region.

coasts

Howe's that for an island escape

Rising above lush rainforest and the lagoon, the two mountains are a majestic sight.

The challenge is to find a spot which is attractive enough to tour without being dominated by tourists.

Dive of discovery

A dive trip at Lady Elliot Island reveals the amazing variety of the Great Barrier Reef's sealife.

Heron Island's abundant marine life makes it an ideal diving and snorkelling spot.

Where the wild things are

Queensland's remote Heron Island is a famous bird sanctuary and breeding ground for turtles.

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