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Sydney Observatory

Open Now: 10:00 - 22:00
Open today: 10:00 - 22:00
Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime Tour
from US$7,36*
Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime Tour
from US$7,36*
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9217 0111
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 November 2014

Had my sons 7th birthday at the observatory last night. 28 kids and 15 adults. Was a great event. The tour of the observatory was well organised. They split the group into 2 with 14 kids in each and ~5 adults. The groups did slightly...More

6  Thank Ross R
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 April 2012

We've been looking forward to this night tour as we we've read so many great reviews for it. As the description in the tour says, it's a combination of 3D movies about a number of subjects related to astronomy and a viewing through the telescope...More

10  Thank rugratsfc
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We'd booked a guided night time tour which was an ok experience except it absolutely bucketed down with rain thus we could not use the telescopes for the intended night/star watch. The planetarium talk was interesting as was the theatre part. Needless to say we...More

Thank robton
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’ve been to many observatories because I love it, however Sydney’s was just so boring. The exhibition is not interesting at all... just a few dull things, the dome is small, the presentation poor, I didn’t expect that. Really nothing to see. So disappointing. The...More

Thank Laura A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my wife. The exhibits at the observatory are uninspired and there is no opportunity for interaction. There is a tour but the times are limited. Having visited the observatory at Greenwich this was disappointing.

Thank DennisWK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner organised a night out at the observatory which included a tour of the facilities and some star gazing. Can't recommend it enough, our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable and made it a memorable experience.

Thank eviette88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I knew we wouldn't see much due to the weather but our guide made very little effort to find anything to see. We saw Saturn briefly and although cloud cover was breaking up he pretty much told us that was a good as it would...More

Thank telpage
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommended to book a night tour of the Observatory so that you can see the night sky in all its glory!

Thank Lesley V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took a 90 min night tour (8.10-10pm) with our 3 teenage children. Our guide was amazing, very knowledgeable and passionate about her job, we enjoyed every minute of this tour. Well worth it! Tip: Arrive 20-30 min early to explore the museum before the...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came upon the observatory during one of our walks around Sydney. Admission was free: how unusual! The staff was very friendly and helpful. Although small, the exhibits were interesting. The Observatory was established originally to keep time at Sydney.

Thank K B
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I love the Sydney Observatory, they do some cool tours (I liked the bat tour I did) and you must go into the planetarium. The views of the city from on top the hill are pretty great too.

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We didn’t quite know what to expect, but the tour was great! It was easy to get to, the size of the tour group was great as was the guide - very knowledgeable. Will be bringing my nieces and nephews. Great, informative night. Take warm...More

1  Thank juliesK1865FA
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26 December 2017|
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Response from Tom R | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are hop on hop off buses. Two different routes
1 November 2016|
Response from Sydney O | Property representative |
Hi! Thank you for your enquiry about Sydney Observatory's Family Friendly Tours. Yes, you are correct that it will still be light during the Family Friendly tours in January 2017, with the sun not setting until 8pm. In... More
David G
7 July 2015|
Response from TokyoGeoff |
Hi David, Sometimes we can squeeze one into our 'car park' but typically no we can't handle a 25 seater as the car park is a rough dirt yard next door and reserved for trades and services. There is plenty of metered parking... More