Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory information

Location
Sydney , Australia
Address
Watson Rd
Telephone
+61 2 2 9921 3485
Getting there
Train: Circular Quay
More information
www.sydneyobservatory.com.au
Opening hours
10am-5pm
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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 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.