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Observatory Hill, Sydney
Categories: Observatories, Lookouts, Museums, Tourist Spots
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. Arrange your visit to Observatory Hill and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sydney using our Sydney trip itinerary builder.
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Got to be the best view close to the city. Once the highest point in Sydney, it offers a view right from the South West, right to the north east. Fantastic place for a picnic under the giant fig trees... read more »
Stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour. On a sunny day it is beyond spectacular. You can sit in the shade of the massive fig trees and watch all the brides come to... read more »
First off, it is a very good place to see sunset. As the Sun goes down on one side, the city will light up all around and this place is perfectly located to watch it all. And those views are great at ... read more »
Love this place and all the circular Quay has to offer!!! Seeing the harbour this way is awesome. Could spend the entire day here easily. The Rocks is beautiful, so well preserved, I can't believe they were going to demolish all the historical buildings, which the convicts and soldiers built. A haunting place, every Australian should visit, on foot, to appreciate it, also at night!
I like this place. The last time I was here was when we had our wedding video taken. Every time you go there is a wedding or something going on. It has a great view of the harbour and is a wonderful place. The kids had a great time hiding in the trunks of the large trees.
The views, especially of the Harbour Bridge and the inner harbour, are spectacular and the combination of the fig trees and sandstone Sydney Observatory building makes for a beautiful contrast for photography. The Observatory is freely open to the public with interesting displays on astronomy. Great place for a wedding ceremony and photography.
Got to be the best view close to the city. Once the highest point in Sydney, it offers a view right from the South West, right to the north east. Fantastic place for a picnic under the giant fig trees, or on the gazebo, or even at night watching the city lights. While you're there check out the observatory! It's free during the day!
Garry van Diggele
One of the best place to work out in the city with the best views. Perfect for cross training with hills/stairs and complete workout area. Absolutely great with many private/group instructor classes running there as well.
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