An iconic inner city park with elevated views over the harbour. Popular on New Year’s Eve, it’s also home to the famous Sydney Observatory.


Getting To Observatory Hill Park


Where Is It?

Located on an elevated position around Sydney Observatory, the park is located in Millers Point, close to The Rocks and accessible from Kent Street (a one way north Street West of George) and Harrington / Argyle Street from the East in the city.

There is a pedestrian tunnel that connects Cumberland Street to Watson Street near the basketball courts and Bridge Stairs.

Buses

The 311 stops on Argyle Street near Watson Road a short distance from the park.

Bike Route

The Bradfield Highway Bike track that runs over the Sydney Harbour Bridge connects to the park on Watson Road / Upper Fort Street.

Address

The best street address is the corner of Upper Fort Street and Watson Road Millers Point 2000.

Parking

There is limited streetside parking on Watson Road, Upper Fort Street, Argyle and Kent Street. Most of the parking is metered.

Maps

Google Maps Link – Observatory Hill Park | Millers Point


Things To Do


Stargaze At The Observatory

Though there’s free admission to the Observatory during the day, the best time to visit the Observatory is in the evening. Book one of their outstanding night tours Monday-Saturday at their website. Discounts for Members of the Museum of Applied Sciences.

Sydney Observatory

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Expansive views of the Harbour and an enviable aspect of the bridge make Observatory Hill Park consistently popular every New Year’s Eve. Get in early to avoid the crowds and claim one of the best NYE spots in the city.

  1. Best Spots To Watch The New Year’s Eve Fireworks South Of The Bridge

Enjoy A Quiet Picnic

Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, or pull up one of the many shady park benches beneath the giant fig trees and enjoy a picnic with views across to North Sydney and Balmain as boats drift along the Harbour and the sounds of the city become music. Discover memorials and statues scattered throughout the park, including a bust of Hans Christian Andersen donated by the King and Queen of Denmark.

Observatory Hill Park Sydney

Like many inner city parks, Observatory Hill Park is beautiful in Autumn.

 

Or Get Fit At The Outdoor Gym

Just opposite Upper Fort Street you will find an outdoor gym with a number of fixed workout stations perfect for toning up those biceps. It’s close to the bike track and footbridge and easy to spot, with shade provided by the Harbour Bridge offramp.


Amenities


  • Food

    The Rocks hosts a bevy of pubs, cafes and restaurants and there’s the National Trust Centre Cafe at the bottom of Fort Street (Tues-Sun).

  • Rubbish Bins

    There are rubbish bins in the park so dispose of your waste thoughtfully.

  • Toilets

    There are restrooms at the Observatory and at the bottom of Watson Street.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Observatory Hill Dog Park is off leash dog friendly at all times.

  • Can I lock my bike up?

    There are a few spots around the park to lock your bike up.


Nearby


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Barangaroo Reserve

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Hickson Road Reserve

Hickson Road Reserve

Situated beneath the southern pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this is a popular New Year’s Eve vantage point that is offers beautiful views of the harbour year round.


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