Sydney Observatory

Permanent Exhibitions

Visit Info

Opening Hours

Temporarily closed.

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Temporarily closed.

In line with the NSW Government’s public health order, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre is temporarily closed to the public.

Thank you for your understanding at this time as we continue to put in place measures to protect the health of our visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

If you have purchased tickets for current exhibitions or upcoming programs during this period, our team will be in contact with you shortly to arrange a refund or reschedule your visit. If you would like to contact us please email:

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Getting Here

How to get to Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort Street
Millers Point

For bus, train or ferry timetables and routes either phone the Transport Information Line on 131500 or go to the website.

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Visitors can either park in Watson Road or Argyle Street both of which are metered. The Observatory is then only a short walk up Watson Road and through the Observatory Hill Park.

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Shop Hours

Sydney Observatory has a small gift shop near the admissions counter. You can also find a selection of Sydney Observatory books at the MAAS online store.

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Food and Café

A cold drinks machine with water and soft drinks is located outside the Observatory in the rear courtyard. There is also a water bubbler in the grounds of the Observatory. No food is sold at the Observatory and food may not be consumed within the building.

The National Trust café is the closest café – less than five minutes walk away (opening hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-3pm; ph +61 (02) 9258 0175). There are many other cafes, bars and restaurants within about a ten minute walk in the historic Rocks area.

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Visitors using wheelchairs are able to access Sydney Observatory gardens, ground floor exhibitions and the East Dome telescope. There is no wheelchair access to the North and South telescope domes due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings. An outdoor telescope can be installed by prior arrangement.

Toilets are located at the rear of the building and can be accessed from the grounds. There is a toilet which can accommodate a wheelchair. 


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Teacher Resources

Public liability insurance policy number: MF100097.

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