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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  • Took the night tour and enjoyed it very much. Apart from a tour of the observatory it was possible to watch the night stars through the large telescope. Great views of the city as well.  more »
  • Wandering around the Rocks went up a flight of stairs and stumbled on this wonder. Gardens beautifully kept. Inside an amazing array of things to look, read and wonder at. Loved the history of it all....  more »
  • We took the night tour to do some actual stargazing. Weather worked out and the southern sky was free of cloud cover! Our guide, Nu, was superb. She was well informed and passionate about astronomy. T...  more »
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  • Enjoyed the family tour, Jason was a passionate and overall a stellar guide. Even though it was a rainy day we didn't go off our rocket that we couldn't launch the rocket. The tour was out of this world and had a great vibe... Some would say it had a great atmosphere!
  • Was so awesome to see the clusters of stars and the moon close up. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and I loved his sense of humour. Had such a great time learning about the universe. Also when I asked they let me try capture a photo of the moon using my phone through the telescope - that was really cool because it turned out great!
  • The night tour was such an inspiring evening exploring the world above us. Our guide, Ash, had a great depth of knowledge and presented it in a fun and interesting manner. There are 4 areas presented, two working telescopes (one old and one computerised), a star gazing dome (discussing astrology), and a presentation using galaxy viewing software. Make sure you pick a night that is clear, and if you’re interested then do some research to time planet presence and/or a full moon.
  • Amazing place. They have tours there every day and they are definitely worth going too you get to see the moon or sun up close depending on when you go. Plus they have a cool little museum full of interesting things. And don't forget the gift shop of course ;) .
  • Beautiful views of the harbour bridge and surrounding harbour. Grassy hill with stunning old trees, especially magical at sunset. Observatory viewing was booked out in advance. Some interesting hands on exhibits for free. Bit of a walk from trains and transport, but a good evening destination.

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