Sydney Observatory
Sydney Observatory
4.5
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Friday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Sydney Observatory, (1858) occupies a heritage-listed sandstone museum and venue set in a historically significant star-gazing site at Millers Point with the best views of Sydney. Open for Sydney Observatory Tours and monthly for Sydney Observatory Lates program while the site is undergoing heritage maintenance works.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Faye A
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The tour was nice but the telescope is not very powerful, more of a novelty/tourist activity than a star gazing one. The guide was lovely, very interesting to learn about the site, and some nice things to look at. The tower and telescopes were the main pull for me so I was disappointed with this. The telescope used for looking at the stars is not the best, our home telescope is better! It’s a nice experience and I would still recommend for the novelty, but keep expectations for star gazing low!
Written 28 May 2024
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia5,681 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We walked up to the Observatory from the Rocks area.
A interesting walk through some of old Sydney.
The Observatory on top of the hill was certainly built in a fantastic spot.
Great views over the harbour Bridge and the North Shore.
It was nice walking through the gardens up there, some great trees to admire but most are barricaded of with tape and signs warning of asbestos contamination in the mulch.
We assume all the mulch has to be removed, a big job ahead for someone.
The Observatory was not open to visit.
Written 15 May 2024
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Sarah A
Reigate, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a really special evening
The setting of the observatory is gorgeous and it was a perfect night
The guide was extremely knowledgeable, articulate and was able to manage our group very well and answer everyone’s questions
Even as a person with limited knowledge of astronomy, it was absolutely fascinating
Written 25 April 2024
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Azarul F
Shah Alam, Malaysia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Did a guided night tour which i highly recommend to those who love astronomy or even history. Small group max 15 (you have to make your bookings early as tickets quickly sold out!!) which was excellent. With night tour, you'll get the opportunity to look through two telescopes to view planets. Luck was not one our side as it was very cloudy, hence the telescope was directed to man made objects in the Sydney harbour area instead. My guide was Nadia which was very knowledgeable engaged well with the group. Highly recommended!
Written 19 January 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,182 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Lovely grounds and interesting historic building. The observatory is located near the Harbour Bridge.
Written 5 October 2023
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cobbers2
Melbourne, Australia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Did a guided tour, small group max 15 which was excellent. Do it at night as you get to look through two telescopes to view planets. The guide Gideon is an amazing wealth of knowledge with a great sense of humour, engaged well with the group
Written 5 October 2023
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robert k
Atlanta, GA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the history of the observatory. We was able to look through both telescopes. The view was great also.
Written 5 July 2023
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Hotairballoon
Paris, France55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This tour was worth every cent/euro/penny. You get taken around the grounds of the Observatory, learn new things and have the experience of a knowledgeable tour guide. Our tour guide was British and he was excellent. Cannot sing his praises enough, he was enthusiastic, engaging and altogether pleasant. He definitely made the tour, showing and explaining to us things like the Southern cross, the Moon and answering any questions we had. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would say it is one of the best things to do in Sydney. We were fortunate to be able to see things through the telescopes, our tour guide used his expertise to navigate around the clouds and focus on the things he thought would be interesting for us to see. Watching him navigate the modern telescope was fantastic as he tapped away at the computer and we 'spun' (the dome is the object that spins) around to see the starry sky. But, although people will want to get their teeth into the telescope, I found the other parts equally interesting, if not more so. We discovered things about the wall of the Observatory, the windows, the bomb shelter, the flag masts, the meridian lines, the offices of Henry Chamberlain Russell (if I remember correctly) who set up / initiated the building of weather stations all across Australia. A good activity to do to pass the time in Sydney and escape from the hustle of the city.
Written 3 May 2023
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grant1952
Wishaw, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Six of us did the night tour which we all enjoyed. We had a good look around all the displays and exhibits on display which was very interesting before we did the tour with guide. The guide was very informative and we each had a look through two of the telescopes where we managed to see Venus. We were unfortunate as it was a cloudy night but we still enjoyed it.
Written 30 March 2020
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vinasojung
Singapore, Singapore59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The weather was nice and I could see entire city from Sydney observatory.
Everything was so so perfect
Written 26 March 2020
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