Observatory Park

Sydney Observatory, Tourism New South Wales

High above The Rocks stands what is perhaps the loveliest park in Sydney. It has an old-world ambience and stunning views of the western harbour. For stargazers, there’s the Sydney Observatory Museum , which hosts exhibitions on astronomy as well as talks, films and viewings of the night sky (bookings essential).

Bookings (02) 9921 3485; open 10am–5pm daily, start times of night tours varies.

Not far from the observatory, hidden by a curve of the Cahill Expressway, stands the old Fort Street School for Girls, now the headquarters for the National Trust. This is where you will find the S. H. Ervin Gallery , which is renowned for its innovative and unusual art exhibitions.

Upper Fort St, Observatory Hill; (02) 9258 0173; open 11am–5pm Tue–Sun.

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