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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 #63 of 239 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Something different that you need to book in advance but so worth it. A great evening experience. The size of the main telescope is incredible and, although you are in a group, you get plenty of time to see everything. Really fab.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I visited for the evening tour/stargazing and were both really glad that we came. The staff were super knowledgable and the experience was fantastic all around. Highly recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

i have had a great birthday night here, where we booked a private showing and were well educated and entertained. there was everything from a quick lesson on general space things to a 3d room that we could recline in and view the roof spectacular and a hands on viewing through the large telescope. we also managed a champagne toast... More 

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Yeppoon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

the place was full of little kids and we thought it would be crazy noisy however the staff were excellent with all the kids and adults alike, the astronomer was brilliant and gave great answers to all our silly questions was kind and caring whilst not condescending. This was the best experience to take 8 ad 10 year old grand... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Great view of the Harbor Bridge from the hill. lots of exhibits well arranged. Well trained staff. Enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Had my sons 7th birthday at the observatory last night. 28 kids and 15 adults. Was a great event. The tour of the observatory was well organised. They split the group into 2 with 14 kids in each and ~5 adults. The groups did slightly different things but both groups had a great experience. They enforced all kids go to... More 

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Campbelltown, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

had a great time looking out around the city,the view was amazing.a must see for any visitor who comes to sydney..i have been there a few times but always enjoy the view.and the staff are great :)

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a great place to wander round. There are lots of exhibits well presented and enough to capture one's interest. I arrived about 10 minutes before the 3:30pm tour (just by chance) and for $10 - the observatory itself is free - saw two short 3D films and a chat by one of the staff which was both interesting... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Liked: Tour guide was well informed, interesting and new his stuff. Lots of things to look at and take in. Great view of the Harbor Bridge from the hill. Disliked: Size of groups need to be smaller. We where in a group of about 25 people. Not everyone got a turn looking into the telescope as timing wasn't regulated

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Campbelltown, Australia
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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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