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Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9217 0111
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Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and public observatory. The quintessential visit is a night tour of 90 minute duration which includes telescope viewing and a Space Theatre experience with a planetarium experience in cloudy weather. Night tours ($18/22 adult) must be booked and prepaid. Day tours are designed for tourists and include a Planetarium 'virtual sky' experience, solar viewing (weather permitting) and a Space Theatre in 30-40 minute tours. Entry to the Observatory is free during the day, tours are a small extra charge ($10 adult or you can use the iventure Sydney card) but well worth it to experience astronomy and solar viewing with an astronomer.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9217 0111
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Reviewed yesterday

Danica gave us the day tour and it was fun for us first-timers. The planetarium was a lovely experience. Would love to view the planets if you do the night visit. During the day you only get to see the solar flares through the telescope.

Thank Kevin_Mumbai
Reviewed yesterday

If you are doing this as part of The Rocks walk/tour fine, but don't make a special visit otherwise. The grounds do provide a great vantage point of Sydney. The area is quite hilly.

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although the day which I visited was rainy and cloudy, our lovely guide (sorry couldn't remember the name now) made our journey really informative and full of joy - like we are touring around the universe.

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Thank JuliaChou
Reviewed 3 days ago

Natalie, our tour guide, was very informative and great with the kids. We did the 6:30 family tour and got to see Saturn and Jupiter through the telescope. Mr 5 had an awesome time.

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Thank Jamie M
Reviewed 3 days ago

I thought it would be cool to go and "have a look at the stars"... but it revealed to be so much more! Eye- and mind-opening, interesting, full of information and the "hands-on" part of it was the best! Looking at celestial bodies through a...More

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Thank Arianna F
Reviewed 4 days ago

A fascinating night tour of the Sydney Observatory, tour guide Natalie was full of facts and figures from start to finish (figures which were mindblowing when put in context and quantified), and very relatable. An awesome time was had!

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Thank robertgZ4835TX
Reviewed 4 days ago

Natalie(the tour guide we have) was great! She did a good job to make our trip fantastic. Worth of a try if you do not have anything to do at night!

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Thank Hilson N
Reviewed 4 days ago

Just so mind blowing! Love it! I definitely recommend the night tour 😊 We got pretty lucky on the weather and on our tour guide which was his last day unfortunately!

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Thank binet_stef
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good night out... Very informative. Knowledgeable guide ...Love the planetarium.... Id like to do the 815pm tour one day

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Thank dh1871
Reviewed 4 days ago

it was my first time in the observatory. We had taken 8:15pm night tour. The guide was really nice, funny and well informed. He was happy to answer all our answers. We saw Jupiter. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day and we couldnt see Saturn....More

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Hi there. I'm just curious as to what we would actually see thru the telescopes if we were to do a family twilight tour in a January when I'm guessing darkness will come around 9pm (after the tour finishes). My kids are 8-13yrs. Would we be better doing the 8pm tour? Thankyou
1 November 2016|
Response from Sydney O | Property representative |
Hi! Thank you for your enquiry about Sydney Observatory's Family Friendly Tours. Yes, you are correct that it will still be light during the Family Friendly tours in January 2017, with the sun not setting until 8pm. In... More
David G
parking for a 25 seater bus
8 July 2015|
Response from TokyoGeoff |
Hi David, Sometimes we can squeeze one into our 'car park' but typically no we can't handle a 25 seater as the car park is a rough dirt yard next door and reserved for trades and services. There is plenty of metered parking... More