The quintessential way to visit Sydney Observatory
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 April8.15pm
6 April to 4 October6.15pm and 8.15pm
5 October to 31 November8.15pm
1 December to 31 January8.30pm
Dreamtime astronomy: a planetarium and stargazing experience
7:15pm to 8:15pm, 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. These sessions start at 7:15pm in the planetarium. For the benefit of all patrons there is no late admission. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:15pm start.
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.
(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
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 – $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%.
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.
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!
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