Sydney Observatory, Sydney

Sydney Observatory, Sydney

This 140 year old observatory is the oldest in Australia. The Sydney Observatory was designed to preserve the history of the science of astronomy. It is surrounded by serene gardens where visitors can sit and enjoy the view.

The Sydney observatory was first the site of a windmill. Later a fort was built to defend the city from attacks by the French and rebellious convicts. In 1825, the eastern wall of the tower was used to send signals to passing ships. In 1856, government astronomer, William Scott was commissioned to design an observatory adjacent to the signal tower. The sandstone building has an Italianate style designed by architect, Alexander Dawson. At first the main task of the observatory was to tell the time through the Time Ball Tower. At 1.00 pm, the ball at the top of the tower would drop to signal the time to the harbour and the city.

The museum has many old telescopes, sextants and other astronomical objects on display. There is a 3-D space theatre and sky viewing sessions overseen by a professional astronomer. The sessions are held at night and visitors can observe the planets through a state of the art 40cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope or an ancient 29 cm refractor telescope built in 1874 which is the oldest functioning telescope in Australia.

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Sight Name: Sydney Observatory
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour II   Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney   Sydney for Kids  

Walking Tours in Sydney, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Sydney

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City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

Sydney is the largest city in Australia, and is the state capital of New South Wales. It is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world, and each of its localities possesses its own unique character. Sydney is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it won't take long for you to discover this for yourself. Take the following tour to explore the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Best Shopping Spots in Sydney

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Sydney is not only the capital of New South Wales but is also the continent’s most attractive shopping center. The city features a wide variety of stores, markets, and specialty shops. This is a list of shopping spots and areas that are popular among tourists as well as Sydneysiders.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Most Popular Sydney’s Art Galleries

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Sydney is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the cultural center of Australia, so it is no wonder that so many talented people are inspired by this wonderful place. The city boasts more than 70 art galleries which reveal Australia's history, culture, and development. Take this walking tour to visit Sydney’s most popular art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney

Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney

Sydney has a wide range of museums to satisfy every possible interest. Many of these museums offer wonderful temporary exhibits in addition to their exceptional permanent collections. Most of the museums reveal the history of the Australian continent, which is inseparable from the maritime aspects. Taking this walking tour, you will become familiar with Sydney’s most famous museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

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