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Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
02 9921 3485
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Ranked #80 of 296 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Me and my wife had a 6:15 night tour and while it wasn't too bad, it was a far shot from what we expected. 1. Before the tour we browsed through the exhibits they have. Just a couple of small rooms with few weather observation tools. Only one of four interactive screens were responsive which was frustrating (and it was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Always great view, day and night. (of course the weather should be good..) I experienced night tour and luckly I could see the sky with the telescope! It was a little bit cloudy but it was okay to see the sky. It was a greate experience since I live on northern hemisphere and probably it's gonna be hard to see... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Went on a cloudy night. Initially i thought this would spoil the whole trip but we really enjoyed ourselves. I'm no expert but my husband is really interested in Astronomy and we both had a great time. Knowledgeable guide (a PHD student) and really interesting combination of 3d film, planetarium and telescope action. Excellent value for money - just go!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I did the tour of the observatory with the guide Tiffany. I found her to be very informative and engaging as a tour guide, answering questions with detailed knowledge, explaining complex concepts in an understandable manner, and speaking with passion about astronomy. I really enjoyed every aspect of the tour, especially getting to see Saturn through the telescope. I am... More

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Boreen Point, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We visited the Observatory for a guided night tour. We were split into two groups of around 17, apparently allowing sufficient time for everyone to use the telescope within the 1.5 hour tour. We were a little disappointed that we were not in a more animated group - the guide had to keep urging people to have a look through... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Having chosen the rainiest day of the month to visit, we were a little apprehensive about what to expect for an attraction that relies on a clear night sky. We arrived very early for our appointment expecting a small cafe for coffees/tea to keep warm. Aside from a vending machine and a small gazebo around the back there were no... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Couldn't get my son out of bed on a perfect Sydney winter Sunday so I thought I am not going to waste the day at home and ventured into town by myself. I knew where the Observatory was but in 18 years of living in the harbour city I had never been there. As you walk up the steps and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

this is an awesome experience, we saw saturn. the guide was very knowledgeable and thought provoking. my kids loved it, great value for money.

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Sydney
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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Having lived in Sydney for over 30 years, this was surprisingly my first visit to the observatory. We did a night tour using an Entertainment Book voucher (2 for the price of 1) so it was good value. I felt the 3D theatre session took a little longer than necessary and would've preferred more time to look around the Observatory... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Did the night star star gazing tour with my girlfriend and we had a great night! The tour guide was fantastic, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I'm not big into star gazing and this was a great introduction and brilliant value. The 3d mini film was great, and the observatory telescope was really interesting, I would 100% recommend this, great value,... More

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