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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and public...
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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Interesting, old school... reminds of scientific times long past where everything still had an innocent mystery about it. Interesting pieces in the museum area, great guides... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This was my birthday surprise It was simply amazing. Our guide who I think was called Carlos was great he delivered perfectly a mix of facts and information which was enjoyable but informative. Would highly recommend this to all ages. Don't want to spoil anyone's evening but we did see Alpha Centaur Jupiter and a whole lot more.

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Sydney, Australia
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28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Sydney Observatory is located on a hill now known as Observatory Hill in the centre of Sydney. The site evolved from a fort built on 'Windmill Hill' in the early 19th century to an astronomical observatory during the nineteenth century. You can walk here from The Rocks or from the city up Kent street. This is a fascinating attraction giving... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I had the night tour starting at approximately six, booked for me by my partner as a surprise. What a surprise it was, People with their feral children going wild and the tour guide didn't do anything to advise the parents to keep their children in line. We missed out on seeing some great shots of the sky if this... More 

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

Dear Giegie82 thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. I appreciate the effort to post a review whether good or in this case bad. I can assure you that I will look into the matter and improve our offer. It is of course very disappointing that your evening fell short of expectations. As you can see... More 

London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This attraction is a definite must-see destination when in Sydney. The gardens surrounding the Observatory are incredible with many local flora and fauna species making the location a perfect spot to sit, relax and enjoy the peace in what is, an exceptional busy city.

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Perth, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the Observatory. We had a large group of about 19. It didn't seem to stop us seeing anything, although smaller would have been better. The guides were very informative and we enjoyed wondering around and reading about the history of the Observatory. Unfortunately for us, although the days were clear and sunny, the night we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was the best thing we did in Sydney. It was value for money, informative, fun. My husband and I would really highly recommend the night viewing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We attended a 6.15pm tour & had a group of 4. We were surprised to have an aboriginal component to the tour, and actually found this very interesting. We then went to the new telescope and looked at some new & old stars & 1 planet, which was quite enthralling but would have liked to view more. I found the... More 

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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We went on a 6.15 pm tour midweek. Lucky enough to have clear skies. Carlos our guide was very informative and helpful, answered all our questions and had some ok jokes. It really opens your eyes to what is around us. Had a great time there and you get a different view of the bridge also.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Interesting, old school... reminds of scientific times long past where everything still had an innocent mystery about it. Interesting pieces in the museum area, great guides, great stories. Have visited many times.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

What a wonderful experience. Being from the Northern Hemisphere, we had to opportunity to view the Southern Cross. Also saw Jupiter and Alpha Centauri among others. The astronomer was excellent as he made sure all of us saw the constellations and planets that were in sight that night. An extra was seeing the huge fruit bats flying around at dusk!

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