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  • Address: Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Observatory Hill Tours

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Sydney’s best sights are lining the beaches or harbor, but in the case of popular Observatory Hill, this elevated perch in the heart of downtown is one of the city’s best spots. For one, visiting the park is totally free—as are the sweeping views of the harbor and Sydney’s Harbor Bridge. Make the 20-minute trek from The Rocks and pack along a picnic, relaxing and sprawling out on the grass with a panoramic view of the harbor. The uphill climb to reach the park tends to thin out the visitor crowds, and thereby makes it a local favorite for watching the sun go down. On New Year's Eve, Observatory Hill is one of the best places in Sydney for watching fireworks, and the nearby Sydney Observatory is popular during all times of year. Here at Australia’s first observatory, you can peer through the telescope when visiting at night and enjoy Planetarium sessions inside, and the building now houses an informative center on the history of astronomy in Sydney.

Practical Info

Observatory Hill is approximately 20 minutes by foot from The Rocks and Circular Quay. The park area has a tennis court, exercise stations, as well as public art. While there are no public restrooms, there are some nearby on Watson Road. The most popular way to reach the park is via Kent Street, which then lead up  the 108 “Agar Steps.” Or, from downtown, walk through the underpass beneath the Harbor Bridge that leads up from bustling Cumberland Street.

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Private: Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour of Sydney, Sydney, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private: Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour of Sydney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Choose between a private one-on-one tour or a small-group private tour for you and friends on this incredible tour of Sydney. Visit some of Sydney's iconic ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $286.59
Sydney Basic Photography Tour, Sydney, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Sydney Basic Photography Tour

A photography class for beginners or those who want to take better photos. See Sydney Harbor and nearby historical Rocks through the lens of your camera with ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.20
Sydney Sunset Photography Tour, Sydney, Photography Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Sydney Sunset Photography Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Photograph the most beautiful harbour in the world. Enjoy the Golden Hour and uncover the beauty of the night. The last rays of daylight and Sydney Harbour ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.43
Private Tour: Half-Day Iconic Sydney, Sydney, Photography Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Half-Day Iconic Sydney

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

This 4-hour, guided Sydney highlights tour is the perfect way to kick-start or end your holiday. See all the city hot spots and tourist icons. An expert tour ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $398.25
Sydney Half Day Guided Tour of Bondi and Watsons Bay, Sydney, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Sydney Half Day Guided Tour of Bondi and Watsons Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a half day city tour of Sydney. Be prepared to visit Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay and seize the opportunity to see the Observatory Hill, Mrs. Macquarie ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $93.05

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