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Sydney Observatory

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime Tour
from US$7.38*
Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime Tour
from US$7.38*
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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...more
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1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9217 0111
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Reviewed today via mobile

Located on a hill had commanding views of Sydney Harbour. Full of historical artefacts & exhibits the observatory is both educational & entertaining. You can join a guided tour or a self guided tour.

Thank Robert r
Reviewed today

I'm interested in Astronomy so I really wanted to go there. But I had to go up to the hill and made me got tired but Sydney Observatory is absolutely fantastic place for learning about Astronomy. Also free entry! I'll come back here in summer.

Thank Miyu H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was a very interesting tour, was great to be able view planets and stars through the telescopes. We walked to the observatory from the rocks and had difficulty finding it even though it was only meant to be around a 10 minute walk.

Thank 855alisonb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, this isn't Mauna Kea. This is a historical observatory, and they have a decent modern Meade LX200 scope (16"? 20"?) in one of the domes, and their historical Newtonian microscope, which is manually positioned. If you have ever looked through decent microscopes under good...More

Thank Steve4241
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A good hour can be spent exploring the rooms and equipment associated with the Observatory and the grounds. The history behind the Observatory completes the picture of how and why this building still exists today.

Thank Emeritusprofessor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would have liked to go for a picnic lunch here with the great view. The observatory is steep in history. So nice to have this jewel of a place still going. It is free in the morning (or maybe just the morning I was...More

Thank warren t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did a great night tour here, learnt a lot about the universe and got to see planets through the big telescope

Thank david h
Reviewed 17 August 2018

The grounds of the Sydney Observatory was the venue for a recent family wedding. The view was spectacular and the history within the observatory was very informative.

Thank David E
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Sydney Observatory is unique! May reason to visit and experience: 1. Situated in beautiful grounds with excellent shady views of Sydney. 2. The buildings are interesting and well maintained, an Architects joy: A beautiful building designed for a specific purpose which it provided for over...More

1  Thank Lizpeterv11
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We spent an evening to have a tour here and understand briefly the formation of astronomy. Also had a chance to look at different stars of the Sun System like Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn through a giant telescope. love it.

Thank openyoureyes369
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26 December 2017|
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Response from Tom R | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are hop on hop off buses. Two different routes
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