The quintessential way to visit Sydney Observatory
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Observatory was essential to shipping, navigation, meteorology and timekeeping as well as to the study of the stars seen from the Southern Hemisphere. The Government Astronomers worked and lived in the building until 1982 when Sydney Observatory became part of MAAS.
Today the Observatory is a museum and public observatory with an important role in astronomy education and public telescope viewing. Additionally, Sydney Observatory is located near the historic Rocks district and the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, and is easily accessed by bus, train, ferry or car. A Sydney Observatory telescope viewing of the night sky is a special experience.
Our 8:15pm night tour lasts 2 hours and starts at twilight year round. The tour includes the Planetarium, telescope viewing (weather permitting)*, dome tour and free time to explore the gift shop and historical exhibition. 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.
All year round 6:15pm† and 8.15pm
† The 6.15pm tour is designed for family groups and can be booked here.
* 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.
Terms and conditions are available here.
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 night tours will continue to 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.