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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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Unusual subject, well set up

Sydney Observatory is a bit different to the usual museums. It has a lot of detailed information about the history of astronomy, and is in the old observatory building and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Sydney Observatory is a bit different to the usual museums. It has a lot of detailed information about the history of astronomy, and is in the old observatory building and residence. It also has one of the few working remaining time balls on its roof (worldwide) that drops at 1pm every day (if you're on the harbour, you might be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My fiancé and I had an absolute ball. We had a tour guide, Carlos, who was absolutely amazing! His enthusiasm, knowledge and humour was mind blowing and incredible endearing. We did the 8.15pm Night Tour. The information and they way it was demonstrated we was very clever. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately we didn't get to see Saturn due to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We visited with kids ( 8 & 6) they enjoyed being able to wander and then watch the show in the dome. It is was probably too advanced for a child audience but it was short & moved quickly so they were still engaged. They also enjoyed the break from all the walking! Worth looking through the telescope - they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I went to the Saturn Party with 2 children aged 5 and 7. It was a very well organised event with lots of activities. My kids loved measuring different aspects of the weather and completing a weather report before being able to launch their rockets. It was wonderful for the kids to use real equipment to measure UV, wind speed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My partner and I took our children aged 8 & 9 here as they have been learning about space and the night sky in science at school and have shown interest in the topic. I was surprised at how much I personally got out of the experience. We were lucky that the sky was quite clear but for a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My family of three went on a trip to the observatory when we were on our holiday in sydney. It was an amazing experience to look into the night sky. The planets were so clear. It was like you were there in the night sky. There are 3 rotational and they were all amazing. It makes you feel so small.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Kids (6 and 8) loved it. Nice clear night and really enjoyed it - loved looking through the telescope.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

Geoff was an excellent guide with well targeted delivery for the adults and kids in our school holiday evening tour. The range of activities excellent. Our children aged 5 & 10 keen to go again on a fun evening adventure and so are we.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

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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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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