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Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9921 3485
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and...

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 or you can use the iventure Sydney card) but well worth it to experience modern astronomy and solar viewing with an astronomer.

Night tours ($18 adult) must be booked and prepaid.

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Good lookout point

It is a good lookout point of the sydney habour bridge and good place to have a picnic. You can access the harbour bridge from here. I didn't gop ino the observatory itself, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Townsville, Australia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

My first visit and the views of Darling Harbour and the Harbour Bridge from the park are well worth the effort on their own. It's then a fun downhill walk to either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay... The observatory itself is free and excellently presented with some great exhibits although there are some special paid tours that are also run.... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is a good lookout point of the sydney habour bridge and good place to have a picnic. You can access the harbour bridge from here. I didn't gop ino the observatory itself, but heard it was a great exprience as well

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this whilst we took a wander round the city. It’s in a nice quiet location, away from the hustle & bustle. Most of the building is free to wander around, or you can pay extra to go into more rooms and have a guided tour. There’s a lovely balcony off one of the rooms, which provides some nice views.

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Sydney Observatory is easily accessible by either public transport or walking and if you have a car you can park on the streets but please note this is paid parking. My partner and I booked the night viewing session on a Saturday night and enjoyed the evening greatly. The tour guide was very information and interactive and the session... More 

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an interesting experience for a night-time viewing, from the film in the theaterette, through to the climb upwards into the stone tower to see the workings of an observatory, including peering through the telescope. Unfortunately subject to the whim of the elements, if no moon available to view (we had mostly cloud cover) then surrounding landmarks make a... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great to learn about the aboriginals but it was cloudy so we couldn't see the stars. It seemed a lot of the talk was based on the visitors asking questions but my group didn't have that many so it became a bit awkward. Would love to go back and see the stars through the telescope and by that I mean... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I was visiting The Rocks on a Sunday and decided to visit the nearby Sydney Observatory at 11 am. Admission was free. There were vintage items related to astronomy, meteorology, and timekeeping on display. There was also an animated film on a continuous loop relating how the constellations were created from the Aboriginal perspective which I found to be quite... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I have to confess an interest here as an amateur U.K. astronomer, a new found interests in e full retirement 4 years ago. I am glad I had researched directions to it as it is hidden in a city of skyscrapers, however, it does still have a god view of the harbour. The self guided tour is free, but for... More 

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Wodonga, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We booked on line for a spot in the 8.15 tour & star gazing group (booking is a must during holidays!) We were split into three groups, each group with their own guide and were given a two hour tour which included viewing stars and their positions from both outside with the naked eye and inside through telescopes. The observatory... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I enjoyed this tour. Maybe not as much as I could have as there were parents who thought a 6pm 2 hour tour was a good please for a 3 year old. The planetarium was unfortunately not working but we got to see Saturn!

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