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Sydney Observatory The Rocks

Where is it at?

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Sydney Observatory
Watson Road
The Rocks
NSW
2000
Tel: 2 9921 3485

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There is metered parking on the streets around Sydney Observatory. Parking onsite is extremely limited, so is only available for visitors with disabilities.

Where are we going today?

Are you ready to boldly go, where no man has gone before? Well, actually a LOT of families have gone here before, because it's an incredible experience for kids who want to explore the stars!

Sydney Observatory is an incredible astronomical observatory, as well as a timekeeper, signal stations, and meteorology centre - phew!

It's where new discoveries are made by the astronomers, and families just like you!

There are SO many experiences you can enjoy at Sydney Observatory - just where to start! How about the popular night tours? This is the ultimate way to explore the observatory, and the universe. 

It's here you can actually look into the telescopes, and see the rings of Saturn, or the craters on the moon. There are family twilight tours which are geared towards those smaller explorers with bedtimes to keep in mind. There are Dreamtime Astronomy tours, where you can hear about the Indigenous sky stories as told by the Aboriginal Astronomy guides. A great twist!

You can even enjoy afternoon tea once a month, and enjoy high tea as you explore the stars.

Sydney Observatory also has a museum, where you can explore collections that bring the history of space exploration to life, or you can just immerse yourself in the history with the tour of the grounds, learning of the stories in the 90 minute guided tour.

If THAT wasn't enough, there are a range of 3D space theatre productions, plus planetarium dome shows with a variety of space and nature related topics.

So, are you ready to go on a family day out into space, among the stars? We certainly are - so let's explore!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsRegular night tour $20 - $22. Other tours vary
  • ChildrenRegular night tour $18 - $20. Other tours vary
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am to 5pm daily except Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Days.

Year round

Teachers corner

They LOVE having students, so why not bring science students on a tour they will never forget!.

I'm Hungry!

There is a self serve cold drink dispenser (soft drinks and mineral water) but no restaurant or cafe at Sydney Observatory..

Healthy Eating!

You are welcome to bring your own lunch and enjoy it on the grounds!.

Any Top Tips?

There is an iPhone app available for a self guided walk around the Observatory Hill..

Need a little extra help?

The gardens, 3D space theatre and ground floor exhibitions have wheelchair access. Sadly wheelchair access to the telescope domes is not possible due to the narrow and steep staircases in this heritage listed building, but an outdoor telescope can be installed by prior arrangement..

Can I get one of those?

Astronomically themed items and books are available!.

More information

The tour times vary, so check the times of the one you want to book before you make your reservation.

What people are saying?

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    One of the best kept secrets in Sydney. It's so amazing to be in this historic location. The tour was amazing and it makes you wonder how amazing the universe is. One tip: Don't whisper in the dome, as everyone will hear you :)

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    I went to the Sydney observatory as a child and love it.
    There were lots of interactive displays with balls to roll and things to play with.

    Besides that being taken away the displays look like they haven't been updated since i was a child. The films quality are low and the place is not great value for money.

    Did two film and observation tours on the same afternoon.

    With the internet these days a venue like this needs to stay up to date and have the lastest information available.

    It was a little sad with even the gift shop looking a little...Read More

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    Love this place, although it's looking a little dated. I took my wife for Valentines Day and we both enjoyed ourselves even though the weather wasn't very cooperative. Highly recommended.

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    Sydney Observatory is one of the best attractions in Sydney. You learn so much in one of their nightly tours & demonstrations - the groups are small and the guide shares lots of information. You also get to see through the telescope. If you are lucky and the skies are clear you can have fantastic views of the Milky Way. Prices are reasonable for what you get, absolutely recommended!

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    You should definitely visit that place if you visit Sydney. This is the oldest observatory in Sydney and and it is one of the main tourist attractions. Avoid visting it early in the morning because it is almost always full booked with school visits.

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by Rob Mulally

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I went to the Sydney observatory as a child and love it.
There were lots of interactive displays with balls to roll and things to play with.

Besides that being taken away the displays look like they haven't been updated since i was a child. The films quality are low and the place is not great value for money.

Did two film and observation tours on the same afternoon.

With the internet these days a venue like this needs to stay up to date and have the lastest information available.

It was a little sad with even the gift shop looking a little dated.

All that said, if you go there to observe something through the telescope you won't be disappointed. the room, function and experience is amazing.

Visit quickly in the day, but go for a night experience.

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