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Sydney Observatory

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Address: 1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
61292170111
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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 3D Space Theatre experience with a planetarium experience in cloudy weather.

Day tours are designed for tourists and include a Planetarium 'virtual sky' experience, solar viewing (weather permitting) and a 3D 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 modern astronomy and solar viewing with an astronomer.

Night tours ($18 adult) must be booked and prepaid.

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My partner and I had an amazing experience doing the night tour at the Sydney Observatory. We have learnt a lot about astronomy and space through our tour.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My partner and I had an amazing experience doing the night tour at the Sydney Observatory. We have learnt a lot about astronomy and space through our tour.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a great place to visit - my son loved it getting to look at the stars with the telescopes they have. Would recommend it to any families. Only downside is getting the kids up the next morning if they are young!

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While the presenter Nathan was exceptionally good, the content of the programme lacked cohesive information and inspiration. Some of it was more like "show time" rather than a visit that would inspire young children. I am sure the observatory has more facilities to offer.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My son's idea to visit the Observatory for the 6:15pm tour. Had a great time and was a rather information tour.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This 8:15 evening tour would be much better without young children. Whilst it is good that they ask lots of questions this makes it very boring for the adults (other than the adoring parents that is!). Others young children simply fell asleep half way round and had to be carried. Also the weather is a complete lottery, if it is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were given a "Name a Star" in our baby son's honour a couple of years ago when he passed away. As his angelversary is fast approaching, we thought we would take the immediate family to the Observatory to go on a general tour and then view our special star. We went on the Family Friendly Tour led by Natalie.... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easy to book and sensibly priced. Beautiful setting. Walk from Circuar Quay. Knowledgeable enthusiastic quotes and interesting topics. Incredible equipment. Really there early so you have time to look around.

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One of the best places we've visited during our holiday in Australia. Kids enjoyed it, and the planetarium was amazing. Our tour guide Glen did an amazing job, thumbs up!

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Sydney, Australia
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Nathan our guide was excellent He was knowledgeable and entertaining and took all the questions from the children in his stride and answered them all Unfortunately a cloudy night so missed seeing the stars but had 3 hours of enjoyment for $20 each A great time

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The actual tour and tour guides were fantastic, but to be honest the whole experience let me down. I was expecting, as were the kids, to look through some telescopes and see things, as oppose to looking at the telescopes themselves. It was good but not great. It should have started early in the night.

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