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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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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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 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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Interesting & great value tour

Very interesting and enjoyable experience for astronomy layman's like my wife & I. Our guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic - he explained the telescopes... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting and enjoyable experience for astronomy layman's like my wife & I. Our guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic - he explained the telescopes, equipment and stars very well so we could all understand. Would recommend to anyone for a fun night out. Seeing Jupiter and Saturn up close was our highlight.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The night sky was clear for part of the tour, and what we got to see was amassing. The kids love it and now they are trying to learn the constellations

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We braved the cold with the kids and booked the tour to the observatory. What an amazing place. Lots of interesting facts and information as well as understanding the night's sky. The staff are wonderful and using their laser pointers show us the nights sky and point out some wonderful features. the absolute highlight was looking through the main telescope... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The tour was really interesting and was really well conducted. Highlight was being able to use the 3 telescope domes. Highly recommend.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's been one of the best experience in my life. I would recommend to everyone. You can really see everything clear. Saturn was spectacular. You could really see all the rings and the Moon oh my god, all the craters Amazing experience

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Observatory tour was an excellent experience - with a charismatic and knowledgeable guide, fantastic exhibits (I really loved the clockwork solar systems!) and a great insight into the mechanics behind observing the universe around us. Alas cloud cover obscured our view through the telescopes (although we were able to catch a glimpse of the moon) but the tour is... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Who knew Sydney had such an amazing hidden gem. It was simply wonderful. Very informative too. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For me it was a short walk, it was drizzling so we couldn't use the telescope, but we had an excellent guide (believe it was Sara, from the US) and enjoyed the films and the planetarium display in the historic structure. Kudos!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good night out for the family. Especially the telescope viewing which is an experience. A must to for children of time permits on a holiday

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I recently made a trip to the Sydney Observatory last week with a collaborator as we've been researching the night sky. We found the night tour so informative and interesting as we were shown all of the telescopes (new and historic) and were even able to look at Jupiter, Saturn and one of the Southern Cross's star's the night we... More 

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