Hours and charges

NIGHT VISIT

Open nightly Monday to Saturday except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day holidays. Open Sunday nights during school holidays.

Bookings are necessary for night sessions (of approximately 90 minutes duration). Phone (02) 9921 3485 or book online.

Night telescope/3D theatre session times
April to September – 6.15pm and 8.15pm
October and November – 8.15pm
December and January – 8.30pm
February and March – 8.15pm

Night charges for telescope/3D theatre sessions
Adult – $18
Child (4 to 15 years) – $12
Concession – $14
Family (1 adult and up to 3 children;
or 2 adults and up to 2 children) – $50
Member (adult) – $16
Member (child) – $11
Member (family) – $43

Sessions are held regardless of weather. If viewing through the telescopes is not possible due to sky conditions, a fun digital planetarium session is provided instead.

All night visits must be booked and prepaid prior to arrival at the Observatory. Payment for night tickets is not refundable. However if you notify us by phone on 9921 3485 by noon on the day you are scheduled to attend your night visit, we can either transfer your booking to another available night; or offer you a ‘rain check’ ticket, valid for three months from first booking, to the same value as your original booking.

Debit and credit card fees: As part of a NSW Government requirement, Sydney Observatory applies a surcharge on all transactions made by debit or credit cards. Surcharge rates are determined on a cost-recovery basis only. No surcharge is incurred when paying with EFTPOS, cheque or cash. Payments made on VISA and Mastercard attract 0.40% and American Express 2.75%.

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DAY VISIT

Open 10am – 5pm daily
except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day holidays
Open 10am – noon New Years Eve

Day telescope/3D theatre session times
Monday to Friday (school term) – 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.00pm
Weekends and school holidays – 11am, noon, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Bookings are not required for day sessions.

Day charges for telescope/3D theatre sessions
Adult – $8
Child (4 to 15 years) – $6
Concession – $6
Family (1 adult and up to 3 children;
or 2 adults and up to 2 children) – $22
Member (individual and family) – free

Daytime admission for a self-guided visit to the gardens and the Observatory exhibitions is free – but does not include visits to the telescope towers, telescope viewings and 3D theatre sessions.

Debit and credit card fees: As part of a NSW Government requirement, Sydney Observatory applies a surcharge on all transactions made by debit or credit cards. Surcharge rates are determined on a cost-recovery basis only. No surcharge will be incurred when paying with EFTPOS, cheque or cash. Payments made on VISA and Mastercard will attract 0.40% and American Express 2.75%.

The Powerhouse Museum is an Affiliate of the NSW Government’s Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s Companion Card program. This means that carers who accompany a person with a disability will be eligible for free entry on presentation of their Companion Card. For more information visit www.companioncard.org.au

Families picnic in Sydney Observatory gardens