Monday-Saturday (and Sundays from January 2017)
Start times vary according to time of year.
Tours only. Bookings essential.
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Extended opening times for some public and/or school holidays.
More information about the day tours can be found here.
Two hour tour includes the Planetarium and telescope tours (subject to weather).
For phone bookings, call +61 (02) 9217 0111 during office hours (9:00am – 5:00pm). Please see our booking conditions.
* Two adults and two children / One adult and three children. Free for children under 4.
Give that special someone the perfect gift – a tour of Sydney Observatory by day or by night! They’ll get to explore the Observatory’s heritage-listed domes and grounds with one of our astronomy guides and use our telescopes to see the stunning southern sky up close at Sydney’s oldest observatory.
How to get to Sydney Observatory
1003 Upper Fort Street
For bus, train or ferry timetables and routes either phone the Transport Information Line on 131500 or go to the website.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Roadworks
Please note that from 2 January 2017 – mid-April 2017, roadworks to remove the southern toll booths on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will cause some lane closures and may increase travel time to and from the Observatory when driving. Please factor this into your travel if travelling by car to Sydney Observatory.
Visitors can either park in Watson Road or Argyle Street both of which are metered. The Observatory is then only a short walk up Watson Road and through the Observatory Hill Park. Parking onsite is extremely limited, so is only available for visitors with disabilities. Onsite parking needs to be pre-booked two weeks in advance for a good chance of securing a place by telephoning +61 (02) 9217 0111. Onsite parking may not be available at all requested times.
Onsite parking is not available except when booked for persons with a disability by calling +61 (02) 9217 0111 during office hours (9:00am – 5:00pm). The maximum vehicle size is for a 20-seater bus.
Sydney Observatory has a small gift shop near the admissions counter. You can also find a selection of Sydney Observatory books at the MAAS online store.
Food and Cafes
A cold drinks machine with water and soft drinks is located outside the Observatory in the rear courtyard. There is also a water bubbler in the grounds of the Observatory. No food is sold at the Observatory and food may not be consumed within the building.
The National Trust café is the closest café – less than five minutes walk away (opening hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-3pm; ph +61 (02) 9258 0175). A couple of minutes further, down the Agar Steps to Kent Street is the Splendid café and sandwich bar. There are many other cafes, bars and restaurants within about a ten minute walk in the historic Rocks area.
Visitors using wheelchairs are able to access Sydney Observatory gardens, 3D space theatre, ground floor exhibitions and the East Dome telescope. There is no wheelchair access to the North and South telescope domes due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings. An outdoor telescope can be installed by prior arrangement.
Toilets are located at the rear of the building and can be accessed from the grounds. There is a toilet which can accommodate a wheelchair.