Sydney Observatory, Sydney

Gaze at two spectacular sights from the Sydney Observatory: outer space and Sydney Harbour. The stately stone building with copper domes houses two telescopes, providing views of constellations, the Moon, planets, and nebulae on clear nights. Take an interactive astronomy lesson in the 3-D space theater and enter the planetarium for interstellar entertainment. Of course, take earthly pleasure in the vista you'll have over the harbor too. To visit Sydney Observatory on your trip to Sydney, use our Sydney route planning site .
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  • Go just before sunset so that you can see the spectacular skies and then wait for nightfall so that you can see the city light up.  more »
  • Recommended for anyone interested in astronomy. Free admission. Easily acessible from the Rocks and Barangaroo.  more »
  • You can really see all around the harbour and the city! We especially liked the gift shop!! We bought the Hop and Hop off package which included a visit to the Observatory.  more »
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  • The Sydney observatory hill park is one of the best views of the harbour. I went to a wedding here and it was nicely set below one of the giant fig trees with an amazing view of the harbour bridge. It's a fairly quiet spot with not too much foot traffic through the park, so it's great for a picnic too. I highly recommend having lunch here or just to come here for the view. 10/10 love it
  • The night tour was excellent. The facilities are great of course. But it's even more fun learning cool stuff when the astronomers showing you around take such joy in imparting their knowledge of the wonders of our universe and are so lively and friendly. Great show guys! Keep it up.
  • Some interesting exhibitions and can't complain really as it was free but unless you do the paid tour you can't view the planetarium which for us was the main attraction. Most exhibitions were quite engaging which was good
  • It was a good walk through to connect with the rock. The museum was small, but detail and good inactive activities. Best of all it was free.
  • Neat little historical site, self paced walk through and tours available. Free admission, so it's a nice activity for small budgets. Exhibition is interesting, and the property also offers some nice Harbour views. Staff are friendly. Worth a stop in.

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