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Sydney Observatory, Sydney
(4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The campus of observatory is very big, they have antique telescopes , very friendly staff and a nice planetarium show of stars and nebulas and the planets - you cna buy the souveneirs in a very reason...  more »
  • Well presented, educational and fun. The kids loved launching the rockets!! Small group size allowed lots of opportunity for asking questions. Thumbs up from both kids and grown ups! 
  • Really cool spot if you have a date and you wanna take it easy. Make a picnic and enjoy fantastic view. 
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  • We went for the night tour. The tour included a couple of videos about the size of our sun and universe, then we were taken into a dome theatre which showed where all the stars were in the night sky. Finally we got to look through their telescopes at a few planets. It was nice, great to see a well preserved Sydney building, the tour just wasnt amazing, it was our tour guides first tour and he was struggling a bit.
  • Worth a visit if you are in the area or have the interest. Would not go out of my way for it, but it being so central to most other activities in Sydney, I would recommend it for anyone that's going to be by Circular Quey.
  • Just dropped in for a look.. What wonderful people! Chatherine was very helpful. I will return with the family. Was free.
  • 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 ;)
  • A great place to watch the sunset over Sydney Harbor. I haven't been inside the Observatory myself (hence just 4 stars) but I hear it's a great place to get up close with the stars, with help from the friendly staff.