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Sydney Observatory Tours

Duration: 1 hour
Tour12+ Years
Wednesday – Saturday Sydney Observatory Book Tickets

Experience an intimate guided tour of the iconic Sydney Observatory, a heritage-listed site atop the highest natural point in Sydney Cove.

Join a walking tour of the grounds and Observatory building to discover the rich history of the site as a place of significance for Indigenous Australians and a centre for scientific activity including milling, defence, signalling, timekeeping, astronomy and meteorology.

The tour will venture through the grounds to uncover the stories behind Fort Phillip and its bombproof shelter, the flagstaff and the many buildings on site. Guests will be invited inside the Observatory building to explore objects from the Powerhouse collection and examine the site’s role in timekeeping, surveying and astronomy.

Climbing the building’s narrow staircases, guests will step inside the Observatory’s astronomy domes to see historic and modern telescopes in action. From this spectacular location, visitors will look across Sydney Harbour and view terrestrial objects through a telescope.

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 recommended to contact the bookings department on (02) 9217 0222 (Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm) or

Bookings essential. Recommended for ages 12+. Groups with younger visitors are encouraged to book the Sydney Observatory Family Tours, designed for ages 6+.

Proudly supported by Crown Sydney.




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. 

The tour is designed to share a general overview of the site’s scientific, social and architectural history. Guests with advanced knowledge of, or a particular interest in specific scientific areas, are encouraged to explore our offering of events and programs. Sign up above to receive the latest updates.

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 (Monday to Sunday 10am - 5pm) to make a booking or for further information.

Running time approximately 1 hour. 

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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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