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 or the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience.
Enjoy a night tour of Sydney Observatory from 15 June – 16 September and you can see see Saturn’s fabulous rings up close through Sydney Observatory’s telescopes. You may even catch a glimpse of a few of Saturn’s 62 moons including the second largest in our Solar System, Titan (weather-permitting*).
Starting Times: 6:15pm^ and 8.15pm
Our 8:15pm night tour lasts 2 hours and includes the Planetarium, telescope viewing (weather permitting)* and dome tour.
^ The 6.15pm tour is designed for families 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. 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.
With 2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, all 8.15 pm night tours feature a screening of National Geographic’s short film Lost in Light, which will open your eyes to the night sky as you’ve never seen it before and show an aspect of sustainability few have considered until recently.
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 email@example.com or (02) 9217 0111 if you would like more information.