A quiet, English-style village green lined with terraced houses, Argyle Pl offers the sacred appeal of the Garrison Church and the more...
Also known as Holy Trinity (1843), this chunky sandstone Anglican church on the western side of the Argyle Cut was the colony’s first...
SH Ervin Gallery
High on the hill inside the old Fort St School (1856), the SH Ervin Gallery exhibits invariably rewarding historical and contemporary...
Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Built in 1836 and converted into a pub in 1841, this atmospheric sandstone boozer is one of three claiming to be Sydney's oldest (all...
The top-notch Mod Oz cuisine at Altitude, on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La hotel, is liable to send your taste buds soaring as high...
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Sydney Observatory information
Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate observatory squats atop pretty Observatory Hill , overlooking the harbour. Inside is a collection of vintage apparatus, including Australia’s oldest working telescope (1874). Also on offer are audiovisual displays, including Aboriginal sky stories and a virtual reality 3D Theatre . Bookings are essential for night-time stargazing sessions (adult/child $18/12).
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 joggers, lunchtime CBD escapees and travellers taking time out from The Rocks below. The hill was the site of the colony’s first windmill (1796), which ground wheat until someone stole its canvas sails and the structure collapsed.