Observatory sights in New South Wales
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Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate observatory squats atop Observatory Hill, overlooking Millers Point and the harbour. Inside is a collection of vintage apparatus, including Australia’s oldest working telescope (1874). Also on offer are AV displays, an interactive Australian astronomy exhibition including Aboriginal sky stories and modern stargazing, and a virtual reality 3D Theatre.
Squint at galaxies far, far away during Night Telescope/3D Theatre sessions; bookings essential. Or, if you’re feeling more earthly, Observatory Hill is great for a picnic. Studded with huge Moreton Bay fig trees, the grassy hilltop buzzes with sweaty hill-climbing…
Partake in a bit of stargazing. There are two sessions each evening.