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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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4 of us attended a Night Tour on Saturday the 6th of Feb. It was great! - Rupert was our tour guide and he was super informative! It's very interactive and great how you get to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
beaumack
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Newcastle, Australia

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Newcastle, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

4 of us attended a Night Tour on Saturday the 6th of Feb. It was great! - Rupert was our tour guide and he was super informative! It's very interactive and great how you get to look through both a super modern telescope and also a 150 year old telescope that inst behind some exhibition glass in a museum. Amazing... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was good. But too much lecturing. Specually in 3D theatre, we hoped to see more 3D movies, not just lecturing.

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Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Sydney Observatory initially on a beautifully sunny albeit hot Tuesday afternoon and were totally blown away by the fascinating exhibition that they had going over there. The various motorized models on exhibit there of our solar system and planets really impressed me quite a bit and there was a lot of info on display to be absorbed. Then... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came with a group of 20, the kids totally enjoyed it, it is highly recommended for family with kids, this trip will help everyone appreciate our creator more. Staff are friendly and knowledgable.

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide (Rupert?) was informative and clearly enjoyed the subject matter which he translated beautifully to both adults and my 7 year old. I found the experience quite reverent, the historical buildings, equipment, outer space artefacts, and the vastness of the universe.... We will most certainly be back, the Aboriginal starlore tour is one I am very keen to... More 

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Haslemere
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited 3 times and been welcomed by informative and friendly staff. The exhibits are interesting and the grounds have views across to the bridge.

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

Thanks for being such a loyal visitor to the Observatory. Do let us know when you're in again and that you've visited several times before. More 

Staffordshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We paid for an evening visit with abor aboriginal story telling.The staff advised turning up at 7.30 a member of staff ,aguide,went in then.We had to wait outside finally gathered together at 8.10 very basic aboriginal story telling for 20 mins.Went upstairs but guide spent 20 mins conceitedly setting up ( why hadn't he set up during the hour after... More 

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

Hello Staff0rdDave, Thanks for taking the time to write a review regarding your tour experience at Sydney Observatory. We take comments like yours and use them to expand on our skills to improve the tour for future groups. Cloudy nights always pose a problem for our tours, and we do offer a 'rain-check' up to midday for all our tours,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the observatory! The staff were very intelligent, but also made the content understandable to novices like myself. It was an incredible introduction to astronomy and the whole family loved it. We will definitely be going back and I'll recommend to others, young and old!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a comment on Tripadvisor. We love having our guests leave having learnt something - it means a lot to us to share something we love o much - Astronomy​! More 

Bombala, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My 14 year old wants to be an astronomer so got the night tour as a Christmas present. Went last Sunday. It was excellent. Young guy that led our group was great. Highly recommend

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

Thanks Sandra L. Feedback is important to us, especially when it relates to young hearts and minds. We'll make sure our 'young guy' who led your tour knows you had a good night out. More 

Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our host, Carlos, was funny, knowledgeable and informative. You can tell that he was very enthusiastic about the subject and keen to impart his knowledge onto others. Unfortunately the night we visited was cloudy so we didn't get to see much out of the main telescope but there were other activities which kept us well occupied during the 2.5 hour... More 

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

Thank you for your review Mun L. Carlos will be especially delighted to hear you enjoyed the evening so much. Do come back and spend some time with our telescopes another day. More 

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