Look through our safe solar telescope with one of our knowledgeable astronomers. On a clear day, you can see the Sun, bright stars and maybe the Moon or Venus!
Please note, it is not safe to look at the Sun through any normal telescope, with binoculars or the naked eye. Doing so could seriously damage your eyesight.
After a tour of the telescope domes, visit our digital planetarium.
Bookings can be made in advance online for 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm tours daily. Bookings are not essential for all remaining time slots – just arrive 5 minutes before the session starts. Morning sessions are available outside school times.
Day tours run for 30 minutes and include a planetarium show as well as a viewing through one of our telescopes.
10.15 am: Planetarium and Telescope Tour
11.15 am: Space Theatre and Telescope Tour
12.15 pm: Planetarium and Telescope Tour
13.15 pm: Space Theatre and Telescope Tour
14.15 pm: Planetarium and Telescope Tour
15.15 pm: Space Theatre and Telescope Tour
16.15 pm: Planetarium and Telescope Tour
Bookings are required for groups of 15 or more by calling +61 (02) 9217 0111 during office hours (8:30am – 4:30pm).
Day telescope viewing sessions take place subject to weather conditions.
During school terms, school groups have priority bookings on weekdays meaning that some day tours may be booked out in advance and are subject to change.
Please be advised that from February 2017, Sydney Observatory’s paths and gardens will be undergoing some renovations to improve access to Sydney’s oldest observatory. During these works the Observatory will remain open day and night and our Day Tours will operate as normal. There may be a small impact on our other programs, events and tours but we aim to complete this project as quickly as possible and thank you for your understanding. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9217 0111 if you would like more information.