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Observatory Hill, Sydney

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Observatory
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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  • This is a great place and we got a great view of the city, the bridge and the port. So long as to be at this place, I advise to visit the Observatory which has very beautiful well-presented exhibits.
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  • While you're in Sydney and the Harbour area walk up the Observatory Hill. You'll have a nice view over the city, the water and it's a good spot to sit on a bench an read a book or just enjoy the view....  more »
  • Despite the short time spent there as it started to rain, but we had nice pics taken and the views are great  more »