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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 2 days ago via mobile

For our family, it was a fascinating visit. It costs nothing to look around, but it'd be well worth paying for the tours. The views around the observatory are fantastic, and it's picturesque...good for wedding photos, or a wedding. (We counted one wedding and three...More

Thank Phil G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The views from up around the observatory are definitely worth the visit. The observatory itself is pretty dated and not that interesting to be honest.

Thank Anthony K
Reviewed 4 days ago

get a good old gander down into Sydney from this high up place. Bring the camera and watch the kiddos.

Thank KTdownunder
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved the whole experience at Sydney Observatory, I had been to one in LA recently and this one was a very similar experience in a good way. recommended!

Thank Triplyzer I
Reviewed 4 days ago

Arrived at 8 o clock, entry door was locked, more signage was required. We were first to arrive and wandering around and could not enter through the entrance as it was locked. Not enough lighting and was very dark. Nathan ,our guide was good.

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Thank gtsangcc
Reviewed 5 days ago

The staff member was so knowledgeable and funny too. Learnt heaps but my favourite bit was seeing the rings of Jupiter.

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Thank 70cameron
Reviewed 5 days ago

For UK natives used to viewing the northern sky, this was our first experience of the southern sky ... and it was beautiful! Our tour guide, Adam, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and, with telescopic views of Saturn, Jupiter and deep space interspersed throughout the tour,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We all loved the tour. I took my boys, who are 8 and 9. The tour guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. When I walk the boys home after oosh care now, we look up at the sky and can pick out the Southern Cross,...More

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Thank Ked1974
Reviewed 5 days ago

My two youngest children and I visited Sydney Observatory on July 13th at 8.15pm. We were very grateful for clear skies to make this a wonderful experience. The staff were welcoming and friendly and our guide was Patrick. Patrick was friendly and professional. It was...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guide was amazing and everyone in our group was impressed with our visions of Saturn and its rings and Jupiter with 4 moons as well as nonplussed at the amount of matter in the black hole. Also enjoyed viewing eta carole (?!).

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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
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