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Sydney Observatory Family Tours

Duration: 1 hour
Tour6+ Years
From Wednesday 12 April Sydney Observatory Book Tickets

Explore the iconic Sydney Observatory on this family friendly tour.

Designed for families with children aged six and above, this intimate experience will take visitors back in time to discover the rich scientific history of the highest natural point in Sydney Cove.

Guests will explore the historic grounds and learn about archaeology, flag communications and weather measurement before venturing inside the Observatory building. Climbing the building’s narrow staircases, guests will step inside an astronomy dome to see historic and modern telescopes in action.

Bookings essential. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

The tour includes around 125 stairs, including areas with no wheelchair access due to narrow and steep staircases across the heritage-listed site. Visitors using a wheelchair or more comfortable with a no stair journey are asked to contact the bookings department on (02) 9217 0222 (Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm) or

Proudly supported by Crown Sydney.




This tour is designed to accommodate families and those with younger children. Guests interested in a walking tour exploring the site’s scientific, social and architectural history are encouraged to book the Sydney Observatory Tour.

Subject to cloud cover, guests will have the opportunity to view celestial objects through a telescope. The visibility of objects in the sky from Sydney Observatory will vary depending on the time of day and year. 

To ensure guests receive the best possible experience, in the event of wet weather, the tour will be cancelled and payment refunded. Guests will be notified of a cancellation via email four hours before the tour. If a tour is cancelled, guests are welcome to rebook for a future date, subject to availability.

The Sydney Observatory accepts companion cards, please call 02 9217 0222 to make a booking or for further information.

Running time approximately 1 hour. 

Tours run Wednesday to Saturday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm from Wednesday 12 April.

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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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