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Sydney Observatory

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Address: 1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61292170111
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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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Sydney Observatory BRILLIANT

What a wonderful evening with charismatic hosts and simply a great experience that left the whole family wanting more. Thank you for a stunning evening.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a wonderful evening with charismatic hosts and simply a great experience that left the whole family wanting more. Thank you for a stunning evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even with clouds and patches of rain, the staff still managed to pull off an informative and entertaining tour which the kids and adults both loved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I showed up for the 3:15 planetarium show, however, the next show was at 4:15. No worries, as they went ahead and provided a 30 minute show for me. I was able to talk/interact with the staff presenter. After the show, he took me to see their 2 telescopes. Unfortunately it was a rainy day, so I couldn't see outside.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is very special - on the special day or night tour is able to see the Sun or stars through real astronomical telescopes. This is possible because the observatory is small and has relatively few visitors, so they are able to take visitors up into the domes and allow them to look through the telescopes - this is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Adam was the man, super informative, chill, and a great night out. The observatory has tons of character. Great old buildings, cool artifacts, and a very personal experience with not too many people so you felt really engaged. - Alex and Mariko

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very cool experience. Unfortunately it was raining, but was very nice see the stars and the constellations.

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Gwandalan, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I can't drive at night so my daughter took me to Sydney from my home on the Central Coast for my birthday. I am a keen amateur astronomer so knew what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the variety of the tour and the enthusiasm shown by our tour guide. I got to have my first good look at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went in midday looked at all the history was worthwhile give yourself an hour to see it all. Cost extra if you want to observe the stars better to do that at night time

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did the night tour of the Sydney Observatory and really enjoyed it. They break you up into groups because the telescope rooms only accommodate a certain number. Our guide was personable and knowledgeable. We viewed the stars, the moon, planets, and more through the telescopes and saw other exhibits. The location is easy to get to. Overall, a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The best part of our Sydney Science weekend. I did not expect the tour to be the best but the tour guides the presentation I thought was world class quality.Thoroughly enjoyed the night looking at heavenly bodies through the telescope. It was an experience that will be in my memory for life. Thanks to all the staff at the Sydney... More 

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