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Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
02 9921 3485
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Ranked #83 of 291 attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and public observatory. Night tours of 90 minute duration include telescope viewing... more » Owner description: Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and public observatory. Night tours of 90 minute duration include telescope viewing and a 3D Space Theatre experience with a planetarium experience in cloudy weather. Day tours include solar viewing (weather permitting) and a 3D Space Theatre in a 30-40 minute tour. Entry to the Observatory is free during the day, tours are a small extra charge but well worth it to experience modern astronomy and solar viewing with an astronomer. Night tours must be booked and prepaid. « less
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Singapore, Singapore
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Everything you ever wanted to know about telescopes and the transit of Venus. And probably more. Really cool experience!!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Although a wet evening we had a teriffic time at the Observatory. There were many volunteers to help, guide and engage us through this very historic building. Information was delivered in an engaging way by a passionate team. We visited to see the Lunar eclipse and although raining locally they streamed a live feed from the USA to satisfy objectives... More

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Sydney O, Manager at Sydney Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review of an evening which held great astronomical expectation which we could not deliver through a telescope due to clouds and rain. Ten years ago we would have struggled to provide a live cross to a site with a clear sky but thankfully , today, such facilities are available. The workers who prepared... More

Beirut, Lebanon
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It's just a nice place to know the cultural site of australia regarding astronomy. It's not a so big observatory. It's a nice curiosity , free during the day and very cheap if you want to do a tour (8 AUD). Just walk around it and enjoy the great view over the top of the hill

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Great experience, you don't get an opportunity to see beautiful stars, planets etc with your naked eye like this everyday. Very enjoyable. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The group I was in, was a bit large so you had to wait for each person to peek through the microscope.

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Singapore
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We came here as it's quite near where we are so we came to take a look. The exhibition of stuffs are not that interesting, but if you're into astrology and stuffs, it could be more interesting for you. The tour was the more interesting part where we are brought into a dark room and they showed us a short... More

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Benton, Louisiana
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Got there early and toured museum. Very well done. Willie gave us stories from his people about the stars. Interesting, educational and fun. Recommend it

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Sydney O, Manager at Sydney Observatory, responded to this review

Hi pdm267, This is a new Dreamtime Astronomy tour and your guide was absolutely thrilled that you took the time to comment as he enjoys giving the tour and sharing his knowledge of the night sky from an Aboriginal Peoples as well as astronomical perspective. Thank you for taking the time to comment, it is always helpful to get feedback. More

Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Even it was cloudy. It was a very interesting tour! They give really nice facts and amazing stuff about the universe! We loved it!

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Sydney, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Joined a party of 20 for an 8.15pm session on Fri eve. Say two short films with 3D glasses and two telescopes, one from the 19th century, and a chance to view some planets and stars. It was ok, certainly not riveting. Fortunately, we had a clear evening. If possible, leave some time before or after your session to look... More

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Sydney O, Manager at Sydney Observatory, responded to this review

Hi Simon N Thanks for your review! I hope you saw Jupiter and its Moons. Later in the year Saturn will be up and to see the planet and its rings through a telescope with your own eyes is truly memorable. I do hope you return. More

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Went for a night visit and it was awesome! Guided by an astronomy educator who is very knowledgeable and he taught us to find south using the Southern Cross. I loveeee the telescope viewing session. A truly memorable experience. (p.s: night visits need to be booked and pre-paid)

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Sydney O, Manager at Sydney Observatory, responded to this review

Thanks Lee L for taking the time to write such a complimentary review. The Southern Cross is a truly useful icon of our sky and still helpful in finding the way. Happy stargazing! More

London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We attended a night tour at the observatory. It was very good and split into 3 sections. We had a session in the planetarium and learnt about the different constellations. We then went to see the telescopes (1 old, 1 new), sadly it was a bit cloudy but the guide found us other stuff to look at. We ended the... More

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