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Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9217 0111
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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 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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1003 Upper Fort St | Millers Point NSW, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

A wonderful location to experience a 360o view of Sydney. Fascinating display inside the building as well as a chance to experience the Signal Cottage and mast as well as the telescopes and information about the solar system. Rustic charm!

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

I took my young nephew here as an excursion for his 4th birthday. He was the youngest by far - most other children I guess were 10+, which is probably a more suitable age to get more out of the experience. I wasn't sure how...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

My 5 adult children n their partners planned this night for my hubby for Father's Day ( he's an amateur astronomer with his own telescope). Patrick, our guide for the night was fantastic. He was not only full of great info ( well he is...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We went to a night tour and had a great time. It had something for everyone, from keen astronomers to beginners. Plenty of time to ask questions and get a unique tour. Our tour guide Patrick made the visit as he was friendly, approachable and...More

Thank Eoin T
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We had a great evening in the observatory! Doogal, our guide, was very enthousiastic, had great story's and knew very much about a lot of things! When we visit Sydney again, we live in Holland, we will certainley try to do another tour.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We absolutely loved our visit to the observatory. Our tour guide Crystal, really knew her stuff and kept our 2 hour tour interesting right to the end. Unfortunately it was a cloudy evening, so we were not able to see anything through the telescope, oh...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

I booked a tour with my twelve year old nephew and niece. In their words "It was incredible!". We all loved every minute of the tour. There were people of all ages and everyone left buzzing with excitement and a smile on their face. I'd...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Amazed at the ingenuity of instrument makers in the 1800s.. Planetarium, video, and viewing through 2 telescopes, one old and one modern, to compare performance.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

We had a fantastic visit to the Sydney Observatory on a week night 6pm family night tour. We enjoyed looking at Saturn and Jupiter on the historic telescope and the stars on the modern telescope. The tour guide (Patrick) was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Enjoyed the tour with our astronomer Natalie! Very amazed that I saw 2 of my other favourite planets (other than Earth!). Such an amazing experience. Thumbs up!

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dms246
25 December 2017|
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Response from Kris A | Reviewed this property |
we walked everywhere. so I don't know about a bus.
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danstar68
1 November 2016|
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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
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David G
7 July 2015|
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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
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