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Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
02 9921 3485
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Ranked #70 of 293 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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Quakers Hill, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Went there with my friend.. And absolutely enjoyed the tour. It was raining that day but miraculously cleared at night and saw some cool stuff.. The guide was friendly, humorous and knew his stuff. I would definetly go there again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We loved visiting The Observatory and seeing the moon and Saturn through the roof telescope. The Aboriginal guide introduced us to some dreamtime stories and showed us the emu in the Milky Way. What a fabulous night activity. Don't miss it!

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Sippy Downs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

took my 2 teen age girls up here it was a lovely walk though history and found it to be very interesting not to mention the views of the harbour are incredible pack a picnic

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Famagusta, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

What an experience! We were received by Geoff whose own enthusiasm for astronomy came over loud and clear. My wife and I and the two friends with us had a really extraordinary experience and loved every minute. Thanks to Sydney Observatory and to Geoff for a memorable time. The Observatory itself is fascinating with examples of all the old equipment... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We had the amazing opportunity to visit the Sydney Observatory one evening with family and to say it was Magical would be an Understatement ! Anywhere in the sky was open and available to us, and the powerful Telescope brought the heaves to our eyes.. Wonderful!!

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

Dear Grumblebumm222, thank you for your very positive appraisal, you are obviously very keen on astronomy and having an astronomy-related experience is something you appreciate. Sydney Observatory staff appreciate the effort taken to comment and your feedback is going to boost their enthusiasm as well. Happy stargazing! More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Perhaps it was my own fault, but I was expecting a self guided tour around the place and a glimpse at the stars and planets. I did not realise that it was a completely guided tour. I also wasn't aware that the weather and clouds play such an important role in what you can see. We have one giant telescope... More

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

Hi Remika Thanks for your response. I am sorry it was cloudy but the weather is something we just cannot always predict. If you are local I do hope you will return on a clear evening. I suggest joining the 8:15pm tour as this is mostly adults and staying clear of school holidays if possible. We are currently viewing Saturn... More

Hayward, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We took the bus and walked up the hill. The exterior of the building reminiscent of England. We strolled along in the Observatory at our own pace. Able to view the Southern Sky from the telescope, during the day hours. Step into the past and witness all the tools used to view celestial objects. As Mr. Spock would say, “Fascinating!”

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I loved the historical archive of this science that the museum displays. gives one a look back in time and a measuring stick by which we can see how far we have come.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A lovely old building with beautiful grounds and overlooking one of the best harbours in the world, it was a very relaxing way to spend an hour or two. If you were more into astronomy it would be a half day trip with the extra activies on offer at a small cost. We enjoyed walking around the exhibits as there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit the Observatory on a clear night. Our tour guide was Geoff. What an amazing location (with a guide to match!). Geoff's night time talk was as clear as day. Looking forward to visiting again!

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