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Sydney Observatory

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Address: 1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9217 0111
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and public...

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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Fun Evening at the Observatory

My fiancé and I enjoyed going to the Sydney Observatory. It was a cloudy night while we were there, but we still had fun seeing the telescopes and the planetarium. Adam was our... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As it was a full moon and a perfect Sydney night I was disappointed that we only got a very tiny glimpse of the stars and moon from both telescopes and the view was blurred from both. While the guide was very good,I feel that the education lesson was more fitting to a school group. Maybe I was wrong to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My fiancé and I enjoyed going to the Sydney Observatory. It was a cloudy night while we were there, but we still had fun seeing the telescopes and the planetarium. Adam was our tour guide and he did a really awesome job keeping it fun and informative... he seems to really know his stuff! Thanks for a great evening.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Connecting with the history represented at the Observatory and learning about the astronomers who have contributed to our knowledge and understanding of the Comos. Connecting as an individual in knowing the Heavens above and gaining familiarity in knowing the Stars and constellations in our Southern skies. Connecting with others involved in Sky watching and learning to operate telescopes to explore... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went here primarily for Astronomy Courses by Paul Payne. They are really really informative. The Observatory itself has a good collection of items from history like a museum. The night tour on a clear night includes seeing planets through the telescope and it is well worth it. The people are REALLY nice they go out of their way to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This visit was quite literally illuminating with a fascinating guide called Glen who apart from teaching us about the southern sky is an enthusiastic manner also dived into the explanation of black holes and supernovas. It was fascinating and his enthusiasm contagious!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On Saturday night we went to the Sydney Observatory and marvelled at the incredible things in the night sky, the stars that our eyes see has taken thousands of years to arrive. We were lucky to see stars on such a cloudy night and loved the planetarium. The best part (besides watching the metal viewing domes creak open) was when... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Attended one of the evening tours of Sydney Observatory. Very detailed and interesting commentary throughout by our very knowledgable young female guide. It was a clear night so had the chance to view both stars and surface of moon through one of the telescopes in addition to learning about the history of the observatory. If you want something out of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time to an observatory & I was blown away looking at stars & galaxies. The tour was very well organised & we thoroughly enjoyed it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to the observatory several times. It's a great place to visit if you are an astronomy nerd, plus they also have heaps of awesome events running every now and then.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a great variety of activities included in the night tour. Starting with some interesting and educational 3D films, then a tour of the historic artefacts, a session in the planetarium and a look through the two telescopes at the observatory! We were able to see Jupiter, Sirius, Alpha Centauri and other stars, it was amazing seeing the oldest... More 

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