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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  • October 12, 2017
    We visited in September. Our guide was passionate, interesting and very good with the wide-ranging audience. A delight to get to see the telescopes in action and some very exciting distant treasures! ...  more »
  • October 10, 2017
    Sydney Darling Harbour with sea views overlooking the at a glance you can see here! Find a ride or step up power up somewhat of a picture you can watch too good!!!
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  • October 9, 2017
    Congratulations to all the experts who put this show together. Congratulations to all the highly qualified and knowledgeable folks who deliver the sessions. The technology is great, so don't stop ther...  more »
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  • August 29, 2017
    The world famous Sydney observatory. A great place to take the family and a wonder for all those budding young astrologers. For a small fee you can even have a star named after a loved one or that special person in your life. If your head is in the clouds and you love stars, check out the Sydney Observatory and you will not be disappointed.
  • September 14, 2017
    Awesome facility, really enjoyed visiting the staff are amazing and it's an extremely fascinating place to see the history of astronomical studies through the history of the Sydney observatory. Staff are really knowledgeable and the equipment they use is inspiring. Definitely visit this location on a clear day and get ready to be amazed!
  • August 22, 2017
    One of the best experiences I ever had. It was unique and outstanding, our tour guide had a PhD degree and he basically lectured us on the universe, stars, speed of light, and imagination which was amazing. we got to see Saturn and its four moons. Planetarium was amazing. Highly recommended.
  • July 30, 2017
    I fell in love with beautiful building and everything in and around it. You get immersed in the history of those early days of the new nation where they needed to understand a different sky. These scientists worked out how to tell time and tell visitors how to navigate these exciting new shores. Also, you can get in a nice picnic overlooking the city!
  • July 6, 2017
    I've joined a night tour and get to see Jupiter, Saturn and other stars. They also taught us how to see constellation and shared lots of fun facts. What I gain from this tour really exceeds the 20 dollars ticket, will recommend. The only bad point is that I'm taking public transport back at night, and the nearest bus stop to my living place is pretty far. However, still recommended after all.

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