Sydney Observatory, Sydney
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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. Plan to visit Sydney Observatory and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sydney attractions using our Sydney trip itinerary builder.
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What a fantastic place to wow little ones and show them the world beyond planet earth. My 4 year old space enthusiast had a great time especially during the tour. The staff and guide were very helpful... read more »
The night tour was informative and educational for the kids. They learnt about the planets, stars and general astronomy. Weather that night partially hindered our telescope viewing. Nevertheless we st... read more »
The guided night tour fascinated my grandson (aged 6). While he enjoyed the exhibition, he was particularly interested in the planetarium and using the telescopes. The staff were welcoming and informa... read more »
My family and I visited the Sydney Observatory for a 6pm family tour as a part of a school project. We had a great time - the tour lasted 90 minutes and took us through the two telescopes within the Observatory, a short 3D film, the planetarium and an outdoor observation. We also enjoyed great views of the city and Harbour Bridge. Pro-tip - it's a long 12+ minute walk from from Wynyard with kids - or a simple 10$ uber ride ;)
Very interesting displays on the history of astronomy in Sydney and Australia, including indigenous stories and Captain Cook's voyage to observe the transit of Venus. The Observatory itself is a historic sandstone building in a fantasticly scenic location. The Thinkspace workshop that my son attended on site was very well run.
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Nicely presented building and museum (small). If you havent been to an observatory before then it is a good opportunity to go (to one right in the middle of a large city like Sydney). Tour used two small telescopes (do not use the external domes as a guide of the size) and bright city lights to contend with - it is hard to get spectacular views (but certainly better than I have seen before). One our night tour there was about 50 people split into three groups. Overall had about 1-2min worth of telescope viewing time - the rest was waiting for others to view, prepare, talks, 3D presentation etc. If you are going on the night tour to get some quality time looking at stars this isnt the place. If however you want to the see the history of Sydney Observatory, get a feel what astronomy involves, watch a 3D movie to help inspire (and realise how insignificant we are) and all in a location that is probably one of the best spots in Sydney (on Observatory Hill) then worth a visit.
A great merging of science museum and art! A pity that light pollution has rendered this unusable in all but the best conditions but an awesome way to get initiated with scitech!
We did have a great guide, he really knew what he was talking about. I would totally recommended to book a tour and not just walk around on your own
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