Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory occupies a beautiful heritage-listed sandstone building in the heart of The Rocks.

Beginning with Aboriginal astronomy, take a close look at the amazing exhibitions before climbing up into the famous telescope domes and exploring the sky with experienced guides.

At night, you could see stars, planets in the solar system, the Moon or even nebulae that are light years away. By day you can observe the active Sun with special lenses.

Afterwards explore the Universe in their 3-D Space Theatre or step under the dome of Sydney Planetarium for a tour of the Southern Sky and see captivating films about astronomy, the history of space flight and much more.

Don't miss the time ball dropping at 1pm everyday.

Nearby events

  1. Going Down by Michele Lee

    Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Walsh Bay

    Going Down is the first full-length play for Sydney Theatre Company by Michele Lee, winner of the 2016 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award for her play Rice. Co-produced with Malthouse Theatre, it’s a brutally funny and frank examination of fl…

    25 Mar - 05 May
  2. Sydney Observatory Mandarin Tour

    Sunday 01 April 2018 to Sunday 02 December 2018 , Walsh Bay

    Enjoy an exclusive 90-minute Mandarin language tour of Sydney Observatory and explore the Southern Sky. Learn about Chinese astronomy and see the historic Sydney Observatory’s planetarium and telescopes.* *Tours are held regardless of weat…

    01 Apr - 02 Dec