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Sydney Observatory

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Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street | 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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Hours:
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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Amazing views from the city and the coat hanger!

Very peaceful and green surroundings, great views of the harbour bridge and easy access. I would definitely recommend to include it in a walking tour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very peaceful and green surroundings, great views of the harbour bridge and easy access. I would definitely recommend to include it in a walking tour.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did not go inside the observatory, but enjoyed the park area surrounding it on the waterfront. Beautiful restoration of walking paths and the rock steps leading up to the observatory area provided an excellent workout.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to visit . A lot to see for all the family. All these places can be expensive for a family , see on line for family tickets, you can book on your phone.

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

Regret delay in responding. Our guide was a great communicator and enthusiastic about her subject. All aspects of the Observatory and its historical significance was covered. The tour should not be missed by any Sydneysider.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for a night group tour in winter. Kids and we had a great time discovering our galaxy & the univers. 2 hrs went fast but effective. Recommend this to anyone who interested in science & astronomy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome night for the stars, knowledgable and friendly guide. Highly recommend for any age, group or family. Great value for money

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great family excursion which started with time in the museum and ended gazing through the telescope at planets, stars and the moon. The tour was well planned, a good length of time (about two hours in total) and a great tour guide.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Located in a sandstone building in the Rocks,walsh bay Sydney,the observatory displays aboriginal astronomy, telescopes,exhibitions and theatre.step under the dome of Sydney planetarium for a tour of the Southern sky..at night one can the stars, planetary system and the moon. There is time ball dropping at 1pm daily.

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

Very interesting and enjoyable evening. The leader was great. Only concern was that it was a very cold night and we had to wait outside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was amazing.Our guide was excellent. He answered all our doubts. Our kids enjoyed it a lot. We will plan to come again in August.

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