Night visit (online bookings)

The quintessential way to visit Sydney ObservatoryVisitors in the telescope dome at Sydney Observatory

Open nightly Monday to Saturday
(except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday)
See our Dreamtime Astronomy tours and Special Events which sometimes replace regular night tours

View the stars and planets through our telescopes (weather permitting), as well as learn about the universe, experience our 3-D space theatre and view the historic astronomical and meteorological objects on display. There is also plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the experienced and friendly astronomy educator who will guide the session.

Evening sessions of about one and a half hours are held regardless of weather. If viewing through the telescopes is not possible due to sky conditions, a fun planetarium session is provided instead. Night sessions must be pre-booked. Telephone bookings for night sessions close at 4:30pm but you can book on-line until 30 minutes prior to each session if there is space. Please read our conditions before booking a tour.

Booking a night visit
Night visits need to be booked and pre-paid. Bookings can be made up to three months in advance online or by calling Sydney Observatory (02) 9921 3485.
If using Entertainment Book Vouchers, the booking must be made over the phone before 4:30pm, and cannot be booked online. It is essential to advise the booking officer that you have an Entertainment Book Voucher prior to payment.

Night session times
Times vary due to time of nightfall and daylight saving; sessions are approximately 90 minutes.

  • 1 February to 5 April
    8.15pm
  • 6 April to 4 October
    6.15pm and 8.15pm
  • 5 October to 31 November
    8.15pm
  • 1 December to 31 January
    8.30pm

The emu

Dreamtime astronomy: a planetarium and stargazing experience
7pm to 8pm, Tuesday, Friday and some Saturday evenings. BOOK ON-LINE NOW !

Hear wonderful Indigenous sky stories told by our Aboriginal Astronomy guides under the Sydney Planetarium dome. Also learn how to find south using the Southern Cross and see the emu in the sky. Telescope viewing will follow weather permitting.
Cost: Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; Powerhouse Members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
Bookings and pre-payments are essential. For enquiries phone 02 9921 3485.

PRICES
(Information about credit/debit card fees, below)

Night session charges
Adult – $18
Child (4 to 15 years) – $12
Concession (Australian card-holders) – $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

Visitors in the telescope dome with the Sydney Harbour Bridge behind them

A Sydney Observatory telescope viewing of the night sky is a special experience. In this photo, Sydney Harbour Bridge is pictured in the background.

Group prices
Scout groups – $12 per child/scout with 1 supervisor per 19 children/scouts free.
Community group booking – $240 (for up to 20 people)
Private group booking – $320 (for up to 20 adults)
Full prepayment is required for all these group bookings.

School groups
School groups – $12 per child with 1 supervisor per 19 students free.

Children’s evening birthday party prices
(note supervising adult tickets are included within these numbers)
(up to 20 people) – $250
(up to 20 Members) – $220
(21 to 40 people) – $490
(21 to 40 Members) – $440

Debit and credit card fees
As part of a NSW Government requirement, from 1 July 2012 Sydney Observatory will apply 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%.

General conditions
Payment for night tickets is not refundable. Bookings may be transferred to another night – but only by telephoning on (02) 9921 3485 by noon on the day you are scheduled to attend. We can either transfer your booking to another available night or offer you a ‘rain check’ ticket (valid for three months) to the same value as your original booking.

More
For more information on the planets and the Moon, check our monthly sky guide (podcast and transcript).

You might want to check our special events to see what else is coming up at Sydney Observatory.

Here’s what Melissa Geathers, from Stratford, USA, wrote to us after visiting:
I visited the Observatory for the Monday night tour. Our guide was excellent. She had an obvious love of the subject matter and was extremely knowledgable and personable. It was a great experience. The size of the group was bordering on large, but thanks to our guide it felt like a much more intimate experience with the stars. It was a lovely evening. Kudos to the Sydney Observatory!
Quoted with permission

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The Observatory's 1874 Schroeder refracting telescope

The Observatory\’s 1874 Schroeder refracting telescope

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