Sydney Observatory

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Sydney Observatory at Watson Road, The Rocks, is a heritage listed building having been constructed in 1858 and still houses the observatory to this day. There has in fact been an observatory on the same site since 1788. One of the highlights of visiting the observatory is the 3D Space Theatre where you can learn more about the night skies with a larger than life movie experience. If you visit the observatory during the evening, you can look through the 40 cm modern telescope at the stars and planets in the night sky or through the 29 cm refractor telescope, which was built in 1874. The 1874 telescope is the oldest working one in Australia that is still in regular use. The day time experience allows you to look at the sun through a safe for viewing telescope and you can often see the moon and bright stars during the day on this special telescope. For night sessions it is best to make a booking to avoid disappointment. For day sessions the observatory is open between 10am and 5pm every day except Christmas and Easter.

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