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Sydney Observatory

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Address: 1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9217 0111
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 Space Theatre experience with a planetarium experience in cloudy weather. Night tours ($18/22 adult) must be booked and prepaid.

Day tours are designed for tourists and include a Planetarium 'virtual sky' experience, solar viewing (weather permitting) and a 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 astronomy and solar viewing with an astronomer.

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Great Night Out

I had the good fortune to attend a lecture on Astrobiology - the Search for Life on Mars. What a fascinating and exceptionally well presented evening.

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Reviewed March 14, 2017
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Glenbrook, Australia
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

I had the good fortune to attend a lecture on Astrobiology - the Search for Life on Mars. What a fascinating and exceptionally well presented evening.

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Wodonga, Australia
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Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

We went on a Saturday night for the family twilight tour. I was slightly weary about taking small children (ages 4, 5 & 7) on an observatory tour, but my fears were quickly forgotten as we started with a kids 'air rocket' activity which they all loved. The remainder of the tour didn't disappoint either, we all had a fantastic... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

Have never been to an observatory in my hometown. Was great to go with my boyfriend and just do something different in Sydney. It was great for and learnt valuable information

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

Visited with our 4YO. We all enjoyed a lot. Saw the Sun through the special telescope and had impressing time in planetarium with lovely guide who tols us many intersting facts on space.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

We took the kids into the observatory as they were studying space and the solar system in school. The tour was well managed and catered extremely well to the kids and families present. The tour guide was willing to speak to the kids directly and answered any questions they had, talking to them openly during the tour. Would very much... More 

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Sydney
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

Little girl with glasses was our tour guide, and she seemed absolutely passionate with the stars and astronomy. With her passion she brings enjoyment, curiosity, passion, intrigue and a very knowledgeable brain to the tour, an absolute delight that made our night tour so much greater

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

Fascinating place to visit.Our guide Natalie explained everything in detail and gave us an insight into the history of the observatory and its equipment. although the weather forecast predicted clear sky's, low clouds formed during the visit and we only got a glimpse of the Horsehead nebula through the large telescope. The 3D movie at the end of the tour,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

Tiffany was a great guide, very bubbly and enthusiastic about her area of expertise and was very considerate to explain every detail of what we were viewing to ensure we understood the science behind it. Activities were engaging and being able to view the sky with the telescope was an unique experience.

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Laval, Canada
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

It was a clear night so we were lucky to be able to do observation on both telescopes. I am an amateur and the guide's knowledge was pretty amazing. Very nice place also.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Friendly staff,beautiful location and building.Very informative learning about the stars and mind blowing distances and sizes

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