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Sydney Observatory

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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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Nice and relaxing experience. We have visited the observatory (we found long our way to visit the city) we had the chance to look through the telescope directly at the sun wih... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nice and relaxing experience. We have visited the observatory (we found long our way to visit the city) we had the chance to look through the telescope directly at the sun wih some different lens filters. It was Amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This place was a little hard to find when we booked in for their night tour. The tour is run from the shop and they only open the doors about 10 minutes before the start of the tour. You're met by a tour guide and allowed in to browse the little observatory museum while you wait for the rest of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here as part of a leisurely stroll. Enjoyed the planetarium show and viewing of the moon through the telescope.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

"Basically, Orion couldn't keep it in his pants...". That was literally the introduction to what was supposed to be a story about the Orion's belt, which never materialised. Instead, we had a few minutes on Greek mythology for dummies. Maybe it was just our luck on a cloudy evening, but we had the most annoying, patronising and approaching-vulgar guide you... More 

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

Dear icadon, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. While it is distressing for me to see that you did not enjoy the tour it is important for us to know that sometimes we miss the mark though hopefully in the minority of cases. I have had a lengthy debrief with your guide and he is honestly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Easy hike up the hill and great views from here. Inside is a really impressive collection of old instruments, and also historic photographs set alongside windows where you can see and compare the modern view.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I'd say it is a pretty great location for romance. I went on a date for the evening session. It was rather cloudy but we could still see the moon through the telescope (It looked a bit crispy, like a chip). Nice place to have a walk around after also - Great sunset views of Sydney Harbour.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We visited the Observatory in the school holidays, attracted by their advertised holiday program. Infortunately this museum is really let down by its amateurish staff. They seemed completely overwhelmed by a handful of visitors - I dread to think how they would cope with a crowd. The big telescope and the 3d holiday movie made the tip worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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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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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 

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Additional Information about Sydney Observatory

Address: Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9921 3485
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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