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Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9921 3485
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Ranked #76 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. The quintessential visit is a night tour of 90 minute duration... more » Owner description: 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 3D Space Theatre experience with a planetarium experience in cloudy weather. Day tours are designed for tourists and include a Planetarium 'virtual sky' experience, solar viewing (weather permitting) and a 3D Space Theatre in 30-40 minute tours. Entry to the Observatory is free during the day, tours are a small extra charge ($10 adult) but well worth it to experience modern astronomy and solar viewing with an astronomer. Night tours ($18 adult) must be booked and prepaid. « less
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Campbelltown, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

As an astronomy enthusiast, I treated myself to a visit here while my wife was meeting up with some of her friends in the city. Some very interesting history to be seen here, as well as some interesting and informative displays. I was very spoilt having a Panetarium session to myself with the guide and got to see some of... More

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sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Amazing insight to the awesome size of the Universe and history of gazing at the stars from colonial days. The first purpose was accurate time keeping from the start of the colony. The tour costs $16 and includes 6 components. Into the 2 copper domes to see a modern and ancient telescope operating, with viewing through the modern instrument -... More

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Sydney, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Attended Dreamtime Astronomy 5--45pm tour. Had the opportunity to view Saturn and it's rings as well as Alpha Centauri our nearest star. Despite cloudy skies our guides went out of their way to ensure we had the opportunity to view these 2 wonderful celestial objects. The highlight of the tour was our visit to the planetarium where our Aboriginal guide... More

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Tewantin, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My family & I recently visited the observatory & had a great night. I would highly recommend everyone of all ages to visit this great attraction. Unfortunately the night we visited it was cloudy so the chance of seeing much was limited but we did get to see the planet Saturn briefly. Our guide for the evening (Jeff) certainly provided... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Observatory is a quiet, fairly interesting old building, and visually pleasing, but you need to understand something about the science and instruments to make the most of it. It is quite possible to wander through without any staff approaching with information, so you may end up none the wiser. The views from the summit are notable. The surrounding parkland... More

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Buderim, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This was a good place to come and see the history of the Stars and so on. It was also good to see the clock tower inaction at 1 pm. The history on display was worth the visit. You can get some fabulous views of the harbour bridge and the surrounds

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Sydney, Australia
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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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UK
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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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