The heritage listed Sydney Observatory stands in the centre of Observatory Park and provides the park with its name. Built in 1858, the observatory still operates for tour groups and astronomy enthusiasts.
Located on the top of a headland overlooking Sydney Harbour
, this is one of the best locations for photography, or simply a magnificent view of Sydney Harbour. Even on a cloudy day, you can see straight through the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House
, as well as see much of the harbour and its yachts, navy vessels and ferries
. You may even spot some of the historic ships cruising on the harbour, including square-rigged or refurbished ships.
The view from Observatory Park also reveals how Sydney is formed as a city, including the different demographics and geographical areas. You can see tiny waterfront cottages, massive mansions, and tall apartment buildings, all crammed into one exclusive harbour location.
Observatory Park should not be missed if you seek perspective on the dynamic city of Sydney, or simply a place to escape the rush in favour of water and sky. Observatory Park is also suitable for dogs as it is an off-leash area. Have a picnic or stroll down the steps to the historic rocks area for lunch, coffee or a beer in one of the old settlers' pubs. Address: Upper Fort Street , Millers Point, NSW, 2000.