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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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Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime Tour
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed the tour of this small observatory. I especially liked being able to look through the working telescope from the 1800s and see Saturn! We got to see other planets and stars through more modern telescopes, also. We were also lucky enough to see the...More

Thank LLRose
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been meaning to take my 7 year old to Sydney Observatory for a long time - we went on a twilight tour and really enjoyed it. I loved seeing the sun up close, my son loved shooting rockets into the air. Thanks Andrew for...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely night out for a family of 6, two young teens and two infants all had fun and learnt something interesting. Great mix of hands on and information. Thank you!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time. Saw the planet Uranus and looked at stars etc Staff were great with the Kid!!!:)

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Thank carrs80
Reviewed 1 week ago

was a great night I propose to my fiance and the staff was so helpful hey when above and beyond my expectations and our guide was so helpful and friendly it was a night to remember

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole experience was poor. I have been to observatories and planetarium throughout Australia and i can say that Sydney observatory quality is really poor.

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Thank jiam126
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to try something different and definitely it was worth it. Just the building and situation of the observatory is amazing. From there you can enjoy a great view of the city (try to get there by sunset). The night tour was very interesting...More

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Thank Enid M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our space obsessed four year old to the family friendly tour and we all had a great time. Nu was a fantastic guide. We were all stoked to see the rings of Saturn and a red giant through the telescopes. Our son can’t...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A cloudy night meant no view of the stars for us, which was a shame, but it was still an interesting evening seeing all the equipment and how it works. There was a little confusion in the beginning, we arrived early and were guided to...More

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Thank jinilil
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect for a date night or for those who simply love the night sky and its wonders. Be sure to choose a clear night though.

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danstar68
1 November 2016|
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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
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David G
8 July 2015|
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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
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