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Location: Observatory Hill, The Rocks

It was from this very building that Australia's first astronomers studied the relatively unknown southern sky. The Observatory was built in 1858 and today houses a museum of astronomy and a huge telescope built under the copper dome. A branch of the Powerhouse Museum, the observatory has been refurbished to cater to the needs of visitors so you can do the guided tour that takes you around the observatory or watch films or video.

Night times are probably the best time to visit the observatory when the stars are out. The Observatory Hill is a great spot to sit under the Moreton Bay Figs and gaze out across to The Rocks in the daytime or nighttime.

For more information, visit the Sydney Observatory Homepage.

TIP: To get to the observatory via train, catch the train to Circular Quay Station. Walk along George Street and turn left onto Argle Street. Make a sharp left into Watson Road and follow the signs to the observatory. To catch a bus, take the bus to the Observatory Hill. Catch bus number 431 or 432 from Circular Quay otherwise 343 or 431 from Wynyard Station. Park your car at the Clock Tower Square on 55 Harington Street, The Rocks.

Check List:

  1. Guided Tours: Bilingual guided tours are available for tourist groups but call ahead to make bookings.
  2. Opening hours: 10am to 5pm but closes on Christmas Day
  3. Call: (61 2) 9217-0485 or Fax: (61 2) 9217-0489
  4. Cost: It is usually free in the day time but you may have to pay to go at night. Adults ($8), Children/Concession ($3), Family ($18)

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