Sydney Observatory

The handsome stone Sydney Observatory building with its distinctive copper telescope domes is set in gardens atop Observatory Hill. It overlooks parkland and glorious Sydney Harbour – a natural oasis not far from the centre of the city. It is only a few minutes walk from most of the highlights of the historic and charming Rocks precinct: craft centres, cobbled laneways, stone cottages, cosy cafes and characterful pubs.

From its beginnings in 1858 as a centre of scientific research for the colony of New South Wales, Sydney Observatory is now a museum and educational centre.

The exhibits and programs reflect the rich history of the site and of Sydney Observatory as an astronomical observatory, timekeeper, signal station and meteorology centre. Recent archaeological excavations have provided insight into the use of Fort Phillip at the site (next to the Signal Station), and archaeological programs are increasingly also being offered at Sydney Observatory to cover this part of its fascinating history.

Contact & Visit

Sydney Observatory
Watson Road
Observatory Hill
The Rocks

(02) 9921 3485

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Entry Fees

Free for general admission
Day charges for telescope/3D theatre sessions
Adults $8.00
Children $6.00
Concession $6.00
Family $22.00
(One adult and three children or two adults and two children)
Members free

Opening Hours

10:00 am to 5:00 pm