Sydney Observatory

Perched atop Observatory hill, the Italianate sandstone observatory with its beautiful copper dome is one of Sydney’s principal landmarks. Its exhibits include historical astronomical gear, and all kinds of curios. Go on a tour of the observatory to look into the telescope, and see a really engrossing planetarium show, which will set you back $26 per adult/22 per child . Tours are available at twilight daily and throughout the day at weekends and on school holidays. You can also gaze at the stars at night, which will cost you $40per adult /34 per child. Keep in mind that the hill served as a guiding station for ships, while the original purpose of the observatory was to find out the precise hour: the observatory’s roof features a signal ball that still drops at 1pm straight.