Sydney Observatory is both a public observatory and a museum, showcasing an amazing collection of instruments, artifacts, books and photos. Wander through the display rooms to discover the history of astronomy and weather watching in Australia.
After exploring the displays inside the Observatory, experience the amazing 3-D Space Theatre and telescope viewing (weather permitting). A night telescope viewing session is the quintessential Sydney Observatory experience and perfect for a family outing. (Bookings required). Keep an eye on The Observatory’s website’s Special Events for family friendly evening events like pizza and stargazing nights!
You can also book The Observatory for birthday parties for 7-12-year-olds, and excellent daily programs run during holidays.
While the exhibits and telescope are really geared for primary school age children and up, the under fives should enjoy the sparkly 3-D Space Theatre and exploring the historic building and grounds.
Ellaslist opinion: The Sydney Observatory sits on Observatory Hill, overlooking the Harbour and is worth a visit for the views alone. School-age kids will enjoy the hands-on exhibits and the telescope viewing. The Observatory’s museum might be a bit underwhelming for active under fives, but as admission is free, it’s definitely worth a look in and they are sure to enjoy the 3D cinema experience ($7 for adults, $5 children). For a special, past bedtime treat, we would definitely recommend the night viewings, especially on a warm summer night. Combine your visit with a picnic in the beautiful grounds, a wander around Millers Point and a walk to the Rocks – a great way to introduce your little one to Sydney’s rich history.
Admission: Free during the day – but does not include visits to the telescope towers, telescope viewings and 3D theatre sessions. See website for details of session times and costs.
Getting There: Bus routes 431, 432, 433, from George St. For the Red Explorer Bus 300-500 get off at stop 26. Train to Circular Quay or Wynyard and walk West and North West respectively. Visitors can either park in Watson Road or Argyle Street both of which are metered.
Facilities: The Observatory has no café but the grounds are beautiful and you are welcome to enjoy a packed lunch in the gardens. A 10-minute walk will get you to the Rocks and a plethora of restaurants and cafes. Limited stroller access & Baby Change Facilities available.
Places to visit nearby: The Rocks and the MCA