School holiday program – Australia Day!


January Program 2015
This is the last weekend of the School Holiday Program  Image Courtesy NASA Solar System

26 Jan, 10am – 5pm
Celebrate Australia Day on Observatory Hill, a great place to view the harbour activities. Free entry to the grounds, exclusive free tours of historic Fort Phillip Signal Station at Sydney Observatory. Sydney Observatory’s famous Time Ball will drop at 1pm.

Enjoy Sydney Observatory’s tours by astronomers. ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ 3-D Space Theatre and the planetarium presentation ‘Stars of the Southern Cross’ are shown every hour. In the planetarium we are winding back the clock to 1788 to watch the Moonrise and Milky Way stream across the sky as it did when the First Fleet entered Sydney Harbour. In the 3D Space Theatre find out more about the history of Sydney Observatory. Every show includes a tour to the telescope dome for safe solar viewing and lasts 20-30 minutes.

10:30am          Planetarium Sky in 1788 show
11:00am          ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ Movie
11:30am          Planetarium Sky in 1788 show
12 noon            ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ Movie
1:00pm             ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ Movie (after the Time-ball drop)
1:30pm             Planetarium Sky in 1788 show
2:00pm             ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ Movie29_Australian flag_anbg
2:30pm             Planetarium Sky in 1788 show
3:00pm             ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ Movie
3:30pm             Planetarium Sky in 1788 show
4:00pm             ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ Movie

*All tours include viewing through North Dome telescope (weather permitting) Cost: $5 Adults, $3 Children

Free tours of Fort Phillip Signal Station, 20 minute duration (10:30am, 11:30, 12:30pm, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm)


Venus: goddess of love
23, 24, 25 Jan 6:30 to 8:30pm (Tickets available for Sunday 25 January only)
Watch the sunset, grab a drink and admire the stunning view of Sydney Harbour from atop Observatory Hill. Enjoy telescope viewing of Venus (weather permitting), marvel at incredible juggling performances and relax to live music under the stars.
Cost: $35 per adult $32 concession and $30 members.


Dreamtime Astronomy : planetarium and telescope tours
7:30 to 8:30pm, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Hear stories written across the Australian sky as out Aboriginal Guides share their cultural astronomy under the virtual night sky in the planetarium. Then view objects through the telescope.
BOOK NOW! Tickets are limited.
Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; Powerhouse Members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.

Celestial Night Tours
8:30 to 10pm. Bookings and prepayment required.
View Orion the Hunter, Taurus the Bull and Canis Major the Great Dog and the Moon amongst other celestial features through telescopes and experience the new ‘Telescopes’ 3D Space Theatre program. Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; Powerhouse Members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
BOOK NOW! or phone 02 9921 3485 during office hours (8:30am – 4:30pm) to avoid disappointment. Please read our conditions before booking a tour.