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Sydney Observatory, Sydney

(4.3/5 based on 1,000+ 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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  • Took kids to the 6:15 family friendly twilight tour, and we all enjoyed it. Our guide was Marisa (?). She was friendly and knowledgeable. Started off with launching rockets which was a hit. The main a...  more »
  • It can be a little boring if you don't know much about astronomy or other universe subjects. Our guide, Anna, was so lovely and you could see how much she loves the subject and talks about it with pas...  more »
  • Just about the only free indoor event at Sydney, enjoy in the charm of one of the first observatories in the southern hemisphere. Beautiful park and beautiful view of the bridge and the Rocks.
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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.