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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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Night tour was fantastic

The night tour of Australia's oldest observatory is a must do for those interested in the stars or in physics or in nature. We attended the night tour on 8:15 to 10:15 pm on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The night tour of Australia's oldest observatory is a must do for those interested in the stars or in physics or in nature. We attended the night tour on 8:15 to 10:15 pm on August 25 with our 8 year old son who was as enthralled as us to listen to Les, our super scientist presenter. We could see a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 3 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 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved our visit to the Observatory. Fascinating and well articulated info on our southern skies, and in laymans terms by our passionate guide. Wish I had done this years ago.

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Smithers, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our observatory tour! The volunteer guide was extremely knowledgeable and shared shared some very interesting information and experiences. It was a great opportunity to look through the oldest working Telescope in Australia! We recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in stars and astronomy. It's not often that you get to talk to someone who has... More 

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Gwangju, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The tour is very impressive. Thank you for my tour guide. I am interesting about blackhall story. Nice tour!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The observatory was very interesting, we were booked in for a night visit. We were broken into groups and shown the 2 telescopes, one of which was Sydney's original one! After viewing planets etc we saw interesting 3D films and then planetarium.. Was a very interesting evening!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful combination of what one would expect from a night tour at an Observatory, but with added value of a special event for the opening night of the 2016 David Malin Awards "Winning Sky Photos". A selection of the photos were projected onto a large outdoor screen, and David briefly introduced the stories behind them. Entertainment was provided by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great night here with our English guide (sorry, cannot remember his name but he was so knowledgeable and easy to listen to!) finding out more about the Southern Hemisphere's skies. The presentation throughout the evening was very well put together, starting with earth and the moon and moving further out into space, making the mind boggle by... More 

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