Explore the highlights of the southern sky on a Night Tour at Sydney’s oldest observatory on this 90-minute tour.
Join us as we ask big questions about space and astronomy and gain a greater appreciation of the night sky. Learn some of the basics of astronomy including celestial navigation using the Southern Cross, planetary movement along the ecliptic and the seasonal constellations of the southern sky. Use our telescopes to see the stars, Moon, a nebula, and the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience. All tours are led by our team of expert astronomers, who love to share their knowledge on all things astronomy – be sure to bring your questions.
We look at different astronomical objects every night based on the season, movement of the planets and the best views of interesting astronomical objects. Tours include the digital planetarium and a visit to our historic domes for telescope viewing. Sydney Observatory has three main telescopes including the modern 16-inch mirror telescopes in the North and East Domes and our 146-year-old refracting telescope in the South Dome.
Recommended for age 10+ and all knowledge levels.
Terms and Conditions
Full terms and conditions can be viewed here.
If viewing through telescope equipment is not possible due to adverse sky conditions (eg rain or cloud cover), alternative activities will be arranged for the tour. Patrons should be aware that under these circumstances, it may not be possible to see astronomical objects in the sky.
Please Note: MAAS does not make recommendations or forecasts regarding weather and recommends that patrons refer to the Bureau of Meteorology to check weather conditions. The decision to proceed with a tour booking ultimately rests with the patron.
Tickets for Night and Twilight Tours are non-refundable but may be rain-checked in the event of adverse weather. Refer to rain check conditions*
Group rates apply to groups of 10 or more people and must be pre-paid at the time of booking.
Group bookings may be made up to 3 months in advance by calling Sydney Observatory booking office (02) 9217 0111 between 10am – 5pm daily.
Rain Check Terms and Conditions*
Rain checks are available to patrons who wish to exchange their tickets into an alternative session due to adverse sky conditions. Rain checks are not issued for change of mind. To rain-check tickets, patrons must phone the Sydney Observatory booking office prior to 12 noon on the day of their tour. Booking Office: (02) 9217 0111.