Offering breathtaking views across Sydney Harbour, Sydney Observatory is Australia�s oldest observatory and one of the most significant sites in the nation�s scientific history.
The Observatory was built in 1858 and was essential to ship navigation, meteorology and timekeeping as well as studying the unfamiliar stars of the Southern Hemisphere. In the 1880s Sydney Observatory gained international recognition when Government Astronomer Henry Chamberlain Russell took some of the first astronomical photographs in the world.
Today, Sydney Observatory is a museum and public observatory welcoming visitors of all ages interested in science, astronomy, the weather and the southern stars. There is plenty to do and discover at the Observatory - visitors can have fun in the 3-D Space Theatre, take a tour up to the telescope domes, explore our exhibitions, decode the flags on the reinstalled historic flagstaff, or simply enjoy the heritage gardens and harbour views.
First floor accessible and toilets on site. Assistance available on request - phone in advance and telescope will be set up outside.
Childrens program available
02 9921 3485
Observatory Hill, Watson Road
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000
Access With Assistance for the Disabled, Child Activities/Child Minding, Guide, Public Toilet, Shaded Area, Shop
Experiences you can enjoy at Sydney Observatory:
Cultural, Educational Tourism, Historic/Heritage, Science and Technology