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About Sydney Observatory


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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Adults Regular night tour $20 - $22. Other tours vary

Children Regular night tour $18 - $20. Other tours vary

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Sydney Observatory FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Sydney Observatory?

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

Any top tips when visiting?

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

Does Sydney Observatory have a gift shop?

Astronomically themed items and books are available!

Teachers corner

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

Does Sydney Observatory have healthy eating or Vegan options?

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

Is Sydney Observatory fully accessible?

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.

Any additonal information?

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