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Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory

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Sydney Observatory, (1858) occupies a heritage-listed sandstone building in The Rocks on Observatory Hill. It boasts panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. The Observatory is set amongst a beautiful garden which recreate the original layout and vegetation of formal 1880's gardens.

Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in Australia’s scientific history. It has a central role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology and astronomy. Daytime tours explore the southern sky via telescope. A clear day offers visibility of the Sun, possibly the Moon and Venus. The tour concludes with a Planetarium trip across the universe.

At night, learn some of the basics of astronomy including celestial navigation using the Southern Cross, planetary movement along the ecliptic and the seasonal constellations of the southern sky. Use telescopes to see the stars, Moon, a nebula, and the planets.

All tours are led by expert astronomers, who love to share their knowledge on all things astronomy – be sure to bring your big questions.

The Observatory is free to walk around the grounds, fort remains and exhibitions.

Bookings essential for night or day telescope tours.


  • Sight-seeing
  • Self-guided tour
  • Guided tours (fees apply)
  • Educational experience


  • Information desk
  • Shop
  • Family friendly experience
  • Picnic area
  • Lookout
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the Observatories website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. 
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Fees may apply. See the Observatories website for more details.

Photo credits: Sydney Observatory

Location & Supplier

Sydney Observatory

Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point, New South Wales 2000


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