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Sydney Observatory Tour

Attraction Highlights

  • Enjoy a fascinating 30-minute tour of Sydney Observatory
  • Learn how to operate a professional solar telescope
  • Explore the Universe in the Planetarium or Space Theatre.
  • Direct views of the sun, bright stars and planets
  • Convenient Sydney location and easy transport access
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Sydney Observatory Day Tour

Regular Price: Adult USD 8.32; Child USD 6.66
Address 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point (near The Rocks)
Phone 02 9217 0111
Hours Weekdays 10am–5pm. Pre-book your tour
Closed Days Christmas Day & Good Friday

What to expect

Enjoy harbour views, gazing at the stars and learning the history of the Sydney Observatory on a day tour. Perched on Observatory Hill in The Rocks, this historic sandstone building is the oldest existing observatory in Australia. Experience the virtual reality 3D Space Theatre or the Planetarium and explore our galaxy like never before! Journey through the solar system and see planets, stars, comets and asteroids! On a clear day, look through the safe solar telescope and see the sun, bright stars, the moon and maybe even Venus. There are many fascinating things to discover at the Sydney Observatory.

Things to look out for

All 8.15pm viewing sessions will also feature a screening of National Geographic’s short film Lost in Light in support of 2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism and shows a new perspective on sustainability.

Aim to visit on a clear, sunny day so that visibility will be better. Since the Sydney Observatory is close to the rocks, why not hire a bike from Sydney Bike Tours and explore afterwards.

Helpful Tips

Day tours run for 30 minutes. During school terms, Monday through Friday tours may only be available from 2:15 PM onwards as school groups have priority bookings for morning tours. Tours are held regardless of the weather and if viewing through the telescopes is not possible due to sky conditions, other activities will be arranged.

A cold drinks machine with water and soft drinks is located outside the Observatory in the rear courtyard. There is also a water bubbler in the grounds of the Observatory. No food is sold at the Observatory and food may not be consumed within the building.

How to get there

Sydney Observatory is located near The Rocks district. Wynyard Station and Circular Quay are the closest bus and train stations available. Alternatively, you could also take the ferry to Circular Quay and walk. For timetable information, you’ll want to visit Transport NSW.

Visitors using wheelchairs are able to access Sydney Observatory gardens, 3D space theatre, ground floor exhibitions and the East Dome Telescope. There is no wheelchair access to the North and South telescope domes due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings. An outdoor telescope can be installed by prior arrangement. Toilets are located at the rear of the building and can be accessed from the grounds. There is a toilet which can accommodate a wheelchair.

Important Notes

* Day Show ONLY
Address 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point (near The Rocks)
Phone 02 9217 0111
Hours Weekdays 10am–5pm. Pre-book your tour
Closed Days Christmas Day & Good Friday