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“Worth the night visit”
Review of Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory
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Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime Tour
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Ranked #21 of 487 things to do in Sydney
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Went there with my friend.. And absolutely enjoyed the tour. It was raining that day but miraculously cleared at night and saw some cool stuff.. The guide was friendly, humorous and knew his stuff. I would definetly go there again.

3  Thank Ravi B
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We loved visiting The Observatory and seeing the moon and Saturn through the roof telescope. The Aboriginal guide introduced us to some dreamtime stories and showed us the emu in the Milky Way. What a fabulous night activity. Don't miss it!

3  Thank Claudia Z
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

took my 2 teen age girls up here it was a lovely walk though history and found it to be very interesting not to mention the views of the harbour are incredible pack a picnic

1  Thank michellej1971
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

What an experience! We were received by Geoff whose own enthusiasm for astronomy came over loud and clear. My wife and I and the two friends with us had a really extraordinary experience and loved every minute. Thanks to Sydney Observatory and to Geoff for a memorable time. The Observatory itself is fascinating with examples of all the old equipment used. It makes you wonder how clever and forward thinking our ancestors were. Recommend a visit to anyone with an interest in our cosmos.

4  Thank David O
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We had the amazing opportunity to visit the Sydney Observatory one evening with family and to say it was Magical would be an Understatement ! Anywhere in the sky was open and available to us, and the powerful Telescope brought the heaves to our eyes..
Wonderful!!

1  Thank Grumblebum222
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Sydney O, Manager at Sydney Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2014

Dear Grumblebumm222,

thank you for your very positive appraisal, you are obviously very keen on astronomy and having an astronomy-related experience is something you appreciate. Sydney Observatory staff appreciate the effort taken to comment and your feedback is going to boost their enthusiasm as well.

Happy stargazing!

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