Sydney Observatory
Sydney Observatory
4.5
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Friday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Sydney Observatory, (1858) occupies a heritage-listed sandstone museum and venue set in a historically significant star-gazing site at Millers Point with the best views of Sydney. Open for Sydney Observatory Tours and monthly for Sydney Observatory Lates program while the site is undergoing heritage maintenance works.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Saba S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Motivated by my 5 year old's growing interest in the sun, moon, stars and planets, I booked a Twilight Tour to do with him.
We were a group of 15 people, and our guide first took us for a telescope viewing of the sun. It was a clear day, so we were lucky to have a good view. My kid was very impressed.
Next we were taken to a media room, where we were shown some videos about space and the advancements space discovery has taken over the past century.
Last we were shown a simulation of the night sky and the guide pointed out different planets and stars, and answered any questions we had.

Overall, I would rate the experience 8/10 for kids, and maybe 7/10 for grown-ups.
Written January 12, 2020
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Hilmar Horst D
Woodvale, Australia233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The family fitted in a tour of this establishment, and I was worried the little ones would get a bit restless while looking around, but what a surprise, as they were thoroughly enthralled but what they saw, and learning facts about the planets and the stars, looking through telescopes and more. Time slipped away, even though it was only supposed to be a 30 minute tour, but our thanks for the patience of our guide lady, whose name sadly we have forgotten, but the memories will live on with our boys.
Take the time to visit, and learn things we take for granted.
Written January 10, 2020
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KazLiz
Ambleside, UK23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Three family adults did the night tour. On the positive side, it is more hands on and more of a personal experience than I have had at other observatories (I live in Greenwich, UK and am a regular visitor to the observatory there). Good opportunity to use the telescope for real. However, on the negative side, the information was presented in a rather random, disjointed fashion. The astronomist clearly was expert in his field but lacked presentational skills. The tour also assumes a strong knowledge of astronomy so a lot of information went over our heads though I do think that wouldn’t have been an issue had it been presented better, building up the concepts.
Written February 11, 2020
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Hotairballoon
Paris, France57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This tour was worth every cent/euro/penny. You get taken around the grounds of the Observatory, learn new things and have the experience of a knowledgeable tour guide. Our tour guide was British and he was excellent. Cannot sing his praises enough, he was enthusiastic, engaging and altogether pleasant. He definitely made the tour, showing and explaining to us things like the Southern cross, the Moon and answering any questions we had. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would say it is one of the best things to do in Sydney. We were fortunate to be able to see things through the telescopes, our tour guide used his expertise to navigate around the clouds and focus on the things he thought would be interesting for us to see. Watching him navigate the modern telescope was fantastic as he tapped away at the computer and we 'spun' (the dome is the object that spins) around to see the starry sky. But, although people will want to get their teeth into the telescope, I found the other parts equally interesting, if not more so. We discovered things about the wall of the Observatory, the windows, the bomb shelter, the flag masts, the meridian lines, the offices of Henry Chamberlain Russell (if I remember correctly) who set up / initiated the building of weather stations all across Australia. A good activity to do to pass the time in Sydney and escape from the hustle of the city.
Written May 3, 2023
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harrisju
Adelaide148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Such an interesting place to visit in Sydney. Great location near the Rocks with a fabulous view of the harbour. It’s free to visit and full of interesting artefacts in a magnificent historic building. The staff were friendly and helpful too.
Written March 19, 2020
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Trevor W
Bath119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Intimate and enthralling. Mitch, our guide was Mr Personality, we learned so much and enjoyed every minute in his company. To handle 19th century telescopes was like feeling history and he even calibrated the night sky to Tassie time for our subsequent trip to Hobart - and thanks to him we saw the Southern Cross and the Space Shuttle the next week. One of the best free things we've done, but spend a little on the tour; you won't regret it.
Written March 1, 2020
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Azarul F
Shah Alam, Malaysia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Did a guided night tour which i highly recommend to those who love astronomy or even history. Small group max 15 (you have to make your bookings early as tickets quickly sold out!!) which was excellent. With night tour, you'll get the opportunity to look through two telescopes to view planets. Luck was not one our side as it was very cloudy, hence the telescope was directed to man made objects in the Sydney harbour area instead. My guide was Nadia which was very knowledgeable engaged well with the group. Highly recommended!
Written January 19, 2024
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cobbers2
Melbourne, Australia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Did a guided tour, small group max 15 which was excellent. Do it at night as you get to look through two telescopes to view planets. The guide Gideon is an amazing wealth of knowledge with a great sense of humour, engaged well with the group
Written October 5, 2023
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Beryl R
Greater Sydney, Australia203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Even if you are not interested in astronomy this is the place to visit for a great views. If you are interested in astronomy then you will not be disappointed with the displays. The staff are friendly and you are free to wander inside and out. There is no cost involved. Note: There are lots of stairs to climb inside the building.
Written January 14, 2020
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Nicola B
298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Fascinating museum in an interesting building. We took a tour and learned a lot about the site we also had a planetarium show and were able to view the sun - a real bonus in Sydney at the moment. Recommended!
Written January 4, 2020
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