Australia Day at Sydney Observatory

26 January 2016 Sydney Observatory

With stunning views of Sydney Harbour, a host of tours and activities taking place and gourmet picnic hampers available to help you relax, Sydney Observatory is the ideal spot to soak in the Australia Day festivities. From our incredible vantage point on Observatory Hill you can witness all of the celebrations taking place on Sydney Harbour.

Spend the day taking in the beautiful grounds, witness the historic Time Ball drop at 1 pm just as it has every day since 1858, learn about Sydney’s oldest observatory and look through our solar telescope during a day tour led by one of our astronomers, or take yourself on a self-guided tour to learn the history of Sydney’s oldest observatory.

You can also pre-book an Australia Day night tour for the quintessential way to experience Sydney Observatory. You’ll get to see the fireworks, a captivating film in our 3D space theatre and you’ll also be able to look through our computer-controlled mirror telescope or our historic 1874 lens telescope (weather permitting). On a clear night you can see the highlights of the southern sky such as stars, the Moon, a planet or nebula.

Pamper yourself with a picnic hamper

To help you make the most of Australia Day at Sydney Observatory you can pre-purchase one of our gourmet handcrafted picnic hampers, bursting with flavour and taste.

Suitable for family, friends and romantics, these hampers provide the ideal meal to soak up the atmosphere as you overlook the Australia Day celebrations on the harbour.

There are picnic hampers for both adults and children, with the menu below, and vegetarian hamper options are available.

Hampers can be collected at Sydney Observatory on the day from 12–12.30pm and 5–5.30pm and must be pre-purchased. Book your hamper by emailing

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Picnic Hampers Gourmet Hamper: $50 Children's Hamper: $20 Picnic Rug: $20 Bookings essential. Book your hamper by emailing Back to top of page

Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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