Observatory Hill, Sydney

Offering panoramic views of the city’s main harbor, Observatory Hill is home to a working museum providing evening visitors with a chance to observe the stars and planets through a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The site also includes a historic refractor telescope, built in 1874, which is the oldest telescope in Australia still in regular use. The observatory is a sandstone building in the Italianate style, with two telescope domes on octagonal bases. Designed in 1858 by architect Alexander Dawson, the observatory took some of the first astronomical photographs of the southern sky, and continually provides accurate time through its time-ball tower. Every day at 1 p.m. the ball drops using the original mechanism, signaling the correct time to the city and the harbor below. Plan your visit to Observatory Hill and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Sydney trip website .
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  • Lovely setting with a great view across the bridge and the harbour. Well laid our grounds and a relaxing place to go and relax for a while.  more »
  • Sydney is one of the highest view points. Just like and. Harbour Bridge and Sydney Hill North cities. Lots of couples taking wedding photos, down the Hill between Donnie long houses in history feel trim
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  • For the best views of the Harbour Bridge, this is the spot! There are no directions to get there from The Rocks which is a pity as many visitors would not know how to get there or even that it exists....  more »
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