Sydney Observatory. 3/11/2014 Picture By James Horan

Sydney Observatory Night Tours


Explore the highlights of the southern sky on a night tour at Sydney’s oldest observatory. Use our telescopes* to see the stars, Moon, a nebula, Mars or the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience.

This Winter see Mars at opposition

Mars is in opposition from June to September 2018. Opposition occurs when Earth passes between Mars and the Sun. Since both planets have elliptical orbits, the distance between Mars and Earth at opposition varies. Opposition occurs every two years and two months, but this winter Mars will be the closest to Earth it has been since 2003. During these months, Mars will appear bigger and more detailed through our telescopes*.

Tours include the Planetarium, a telescope viewing (weather permitting)* and a dome tour.

All night tours are 90 minutes in duration, and available at 6.30pm**, 8.30pm or 9pm***.


Terms and Conditions

* Tours are held regardless of the weather. If viewing through the telescopes is not possible due to sky conditions, other activities will be arranged. Tickets are non-refundable but may be exchanged or rain checked for patrons who contact the Observatory prior to 12 noon on the day of their tour. Rain checked tickets last for up to 3 months or three booking attempts. Full terms and conditions are available here.

Please be on time as the tour starts from inside the Observatory building shortly after the doors open. Night visits need to be booked and pre-paid. Bookings, including group bookings, can be made up to three months in advance online or by calling Sydney Observatory (02) 9217 0111.

**6.30pm sessions are available until daylight savings begins on 7 October.

***9pm sessions are available Friday and Saturday.

Group Bookings

Tours include the Planetarium, telescope viewing (weather permitting)* and a dome tour. Call (02) 9217 0111 to book.



Child$20All children must be accompanied by an adult
Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)Enter 4 when booking on the next screen$80Two adults and two children / one adult and three children.
MAAS Member Adult$20
MAAS Member Child$15All children must be accompanied by an adult
MAAS Member – FamilyEnter 4 when booking on the next screen$60Two adults and two children / one adult and three children.

Not a member? Sign up now to enjoy the benefits of MAAS membership.

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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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Sydney Observatory Day Tours

Weekends and school holidays, 10.15am–4.15pm

Look through our solar telescope to see the Sun, bright stars, the Moon or Venus during the day!