Sydney Observatory Highlights Tour

Duration: 60 minutes
Weekends and school holidays, 11.30am–4pm Sydney Observatory

As a precautionary measure, this event has been suspended. Read more about our COVID-19 update 

Session times: 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 4pm

Guided by our expert astronomers, uncover the history of Sydney Observatory while discovering the science of contemporary astronomy on this 60-minute tour.

Trace the history of the Observatory to present day, view our historic time ball and flag staff and unearth the role the site has played in astronomy, time keeping and signalling. Tours include a visit to our telescope domes, where you can view the sun through our safe solar telescopes and learn about the science of our closet star – keep your eye out for sunspots and solar flares. Explore the Universe in our Planetarium and learn about the uniqueness of our southern sky and constellations.

Located in the heart of the historic Rocks neighbourhood, this experience is perfect for those visiting Sydney, and for anyone curious about local history and contemporary astronomy. Sydney Observatory is located on Sydney’s highest natural point and visitors can also enjoy 360° views of the Rocks, Observatory Hill and Sydney Harbour.

Recommended for ages 5+. Children under five may experience difficulty looking through the telescopes. Please note, it is not safe to look at the Sun through any normal telescope, with binoculars or the naked eye. Doing so could seriously damage your eyesight.

Terms and Conditions 

Full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

If viewing through telescope equipment is not possible due to adverse sky conditions (e.g. rain or cloud cover), alternative activities will be arranged for the tour. Patrons should be aware that under these circumstances, it may not be possible to see astronomical objects in the sky.

Please Note: MAAS does not make recommendations or forecasts regarding weather and recommends that patrons refer to the Bureau of Meteorology to check weather conditions. The decision to proceed with a tour booking ultimately rests with the patron. 

Group Bookings 

Group rates apply to groups of 10 or more people and must be pre-paid at the time of booking.

Group bookings may be made up to 3 months in advance by calling Sydney Observatory booking office (02) 9217 0111 between 10am – 5pm daily.