Observatory Hill
Observatory Hill
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Circular Quay • 8 min walk
  • Wynyard • 9 min walk
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Michael N
Lawson, Australia1,149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is a great place to get an unusual view of the bridge and the harbour.
I think the observatory is only open for booked tour groups, but the walk up the moderate slope is well worth it. There is a stage you can climb to maximise the views.
Plenty of god restaurants nearby in The Rocks.
Written 10 May 2024
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Visited on Saturday 27th May. Went to check out the observatory and the views of the harbour and bridge. Well worth going to see.
Written 23 June 2023
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand23,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We cut across the hill trying to get to Crown Casino from the Circular Quay area. We cut through the bridge stairs to get to the bottom of the hill. The path up the hill led to the entrance of the observatory, which was closed when we went up.
As we walked along the path, it slowly showed the beautiful view towards Darling Harbour. There were a few seats along the grass but it was a bit rainy that day so we were just gapping it towards the casino for shelter. What I did find interesting was the dog toy library located at the top for furry friends.
Although we just had a quick pass through, it was a nice place for some scenic views and to rest somewhere quiet.
Written 6 June 2023
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LANDY31
Brisbane, Australia441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Outstanding views even walked around the old Fort Street school which my wife attended. Very well preserved
Written 26 May 2023
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B T
London, UK1,174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
You get a good view from observatory hill over a part of the harbour and especially of the harbour bridge, but not of the opera house. The observatory itself is closed (don't know how long for).
Written 20 October 2022
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Flanaganz
Auckland, New Zealand520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Beautiful views and lovely big trees to sit under on a hot day. The park has the Sydney Observatory within it. When we visited that was closed due to Covid.
Written 18 May 2022
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Bronte_129
Sydney, Australia758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo


If you want to impress visitors to Sydney, take them for a picnic to Observatory Hill Park for some spectacular views, minus the crowds - even on a sunny Sunday.  The peacefulness of this place enhanced my experience.  This is one of Sydney's forgotten gems!

The choice is yours: a picnic on the grass in the sunshine, a shady spot under one of the many enormous Moreton Bay fig trees, or perhaps take a fold-up chair and head to the gazebo for panoramic views.  There's also a generous amount of park benches on offer.  Wherever you decide to sit, whichever direction you decide to gaze, you're going to be rewarded with stunning scenery. 

Keep in mind there are no bathrooms in the park itself, however, there was a toilet block located at the bottom of Watson Road - which was a five-minute walk away.  It was pretty clean, and stocked with toilet paper, soap and paper towels.

Metered parking was available in Watson Road (2P tickets from 8am-6pm or 4P tickets from 6pm-10pm).  Circular Quay & Wynyard stations were a 15-minute walk away. 

I came across a bust of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen on one of the park's walkways, which had been unveiled by Prince Frederik & Princess Mary of Denmark in 2005.  Nearby attractions are also worth a look:  I browsed through the outdoor Rocks Markets (weekends only) as I walked up from Circular Quay Station, and Sydney Observatory was open for people to wander through at no cost.  I would recommend a picnic at dusk at Observatory Hill Park followed by some stargazing at one of the Observatory's night tours.  From the park, there's nearby walking paths to Milsons Point via the Harbour Bridge and also the Cahill Walk.   

Observatory Hill Park was equipped with excellent information boards, and there were plenty of signs pointing visitors in the right direction.  Dogs enjoyed being off their leashes, and ball games were allowed.  The park was very clean and well-maintained throughout.     

All up, it was a memorable visit.  Later that evening, family and friends were impressed by the photos I came away with of the first-class scenery.

Written 28 November 2020
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,999 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Sydney Observatory is located on top of a small hill known as Observatory Hill. The hill is not that difficult to climb, though from the top, it seems like a huge drop down to the streets below.

The Observatory itself is a rather small one, with some old instruments displayed and one can spend around 15-20 minutes inside. Outside, however, there are some nice lawns with excellent views of the 'Coat-Hanger' (as the Harbour Bridge is called by locals) and the Darling Harbour too. There is also a bust of Hans Christian Anderson here.
Written 8 April 2020
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Constanza Diez Riera
89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Good spot to watch the sunset, take some food and so a picnic while you are there and enjoy the view of the north side
Written 24 February 2020
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We passed through here on an I'm Free Walking Tours tour of The Rocks (see my reviews "Where it all began" and "A bit rocky, but we made it!"). No time to tour the observatory, but we did get great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge (from the "back" side) and Sydney Harbour west of the bridge.

TIPS:

--Time your visit to end at sunset. Nice view over the harbor to the horizon.
Written 21 November 2019
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