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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  • I was expecting the view to be a bit more dramatic to be honest. I love the sight of the bridge but from the Observatory it wasn't particularly special in my opinion.  more »
  • Went here as part of the Lantern Ghost Tour and it gave a simply stunning view of the SHB and Luna Park and city.  more »
  • Walk from the rocks, while watching the Argyle cut arrives at the foot of the Hill in about 5 minutes. You can come here if a little climb uphill. Come see the view if you have time!
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  • Really nice! Not the best place for the sunset but great to capture the whole bridge shape! Nice to go sit and reflect on life , lol!
  • Magical spot at any time of the day but particularly spectacular at dusk. It’s all free access (beauty of Sydney) and the views unforgrttable
  • A less visited part of Sydney. Nice scenery and great view.
  • Had our wedding here in 2006, easy to book!
  • Pure history

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