Sydney Observatory

Visit Info

Opening Hours

Day Visit

10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Free Admission

Please Note: Entry fees may apply during special events or Extravaganza/Family Days taking place on site. Please see individual event pages for pricing during these special events and for more information.

Night Visit

Start times vary according to time of year.
Tours only. Bookings essential.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

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Day Tour

Explore the Sun, Moon and some planets through our telescopes. Available weekends, NSW school holidays and public holidays.


Admission Cost
Adult: $10
Concession*: $8
Child (4-16yrs)*: $8
Family*: $26

MAAS Members

Admission Cost
Adult: $8
Concession*: $6
Child (4-16yrs)*: $6
Family*: $22



Evening Tours

See the wonders of the southern sky up close.

Night Tour

General  MAAS Members
Adult: $27 $20
Concession*: $25
Child (4-16yrs)*: $20 $15
Family*: $80 $60



For phone bookings, call +61 (02) 9217 0111 during office hours (9:00am – 5:00pm). Please press 1 to speak to Powerhouse Museum staff who can redirect your call to Sydney Observatory. Please see our booking conditions.

*Concession cards must be shown upon admission to receive this reduced charge. Valid cards include:

  • Seniors Card-holders (all states)
  • Australian Student Card-holders
  • Centrelink Healthcare Card-holders
  • Australian Government Pension Card-holders
  • Australian Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card-holders

Family tickets include two adults and two children / One adult and three children. Free for children under 4.


Gift Certificates

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.


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Getting Here

How to get to Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort Street
Millers Point

For bus, train or ferry timetables and routes either phone the Transport Information Line on 131500 or go to the website.

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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.

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Shop Hours

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.

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Food and Cafés

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.

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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. 

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