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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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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

It is expensive but worth having visited if you're visiting Sydney. Advance booking is recommended as during busy days you will have no tickets available. Also allow some time at least one hour to que in the journey as it is one of most popular...More

Thank sselakshman
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an awesome time visiting at night time for a tour. Pros: - The tour guide (I want to say Stephen?) was delightful - an astronomer with a good sense of humour given that we were visiting during the light festival (which was not...More

Thank EatSleepArtRepeat
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have a short time in Sydney, I would not waste my time going here. The view depends on the clouds and the groups are too big for a good look at the stars.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed what I saw here, although it's a small place it's worth calling in for a quick visit as there are some interesting artifacts and it is a lovely little building

Thank Pam R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great afternoon out. If you walk from the Quay, up though the rocks and into the observatory gardens. A great look out point. Shame there is no little cafe up there for a cuppa. Interesting little museum showing the route etc about...More

Thank lindaannstripe
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This didn't look so interesting from the website, but it was extremely interesting, especially to someone like me who's into history and navigation. It's not very large, but it packs a lot into a small space. For example, I didn't know that one of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a few false starts, we came here for a night tour. They allow three rain checks before you void your ticket, and you can get a rain check up to noon of the day of your booking. We had a bad run of luck...More

Thank JonHSydney
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a friendly and knowledgable guide Andrew. We learned loads and it was presented in a way that was easy to understand. A few clouds so we couldn't see everything but we did see Saturn and that was an absolute highlight. Can't believe I've...More

1  Thank Stacey B
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

History and science, my two favourite subjects. The tours were all booked out but we spent a couple of hours looking through the wonderful museum and the grounds. We had good chats about the displays with the reception desk and two handymen repairing some of...More

1  Thank RandolphCarter1919
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

I was dissapointed with the day tour it was $10 for adults and we were only allow to see 2 planets in the telescope then headed over to Planetarium to see planets and stars on a projector called planetarium better to watch a Dvd documentary...More

Thank oceandream50
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dms246
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
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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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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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