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Sydney Observatory a portal to southern skies

The Sydney Observatory is the oldest observatory in Australia and has been in use for more than 140 years.


Sydney Observatory, The Rocks, Sydney

Sydney Observatory


The Observatory preserves the history of astronomy in Australia including that from the Aboriginal perspective. See telescopes, read about the meaning and placement of stars in the Southern Hemisphere and see working models of our solar system.


The Observatory is also has peaceful gardens to just sit, relax and view Sydney.


For those who want to know a bit more about astronomy the Observatory offers a 3-D Space Theatre and sessions where one can see the skies at night through historic and modern telescopes. These sessions are overseen by an astronomer.



Location: Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks
Telephone: +61 2 9921 3485
Opening Hours: Weekends 10:00 to 17:00
(Except Good Friday & Christmas Day
Services: 3-D Space Theatre
Monday to Friday 14:30 and 15:30
Weekends & School Holidays
11:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:30 (A fee applies)
Night Viewings
Bookings Essential & a fee applies
Getting There: Bus 431, 432 or 433 from George Street or 343 from Martin Place.
Train to Circular Quay or Wynyard and walk West and North West respectively.
Car Parking: The Clock Tower Square
55 Harrington Street, The Rocks.
Website: Sydney Observatory