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Observatory Hill

  • Upper Fort St. Map It
  • The Rocks
  • Park/Playground

Published 07/21/2016

Fodor's Review

The city's highest point, at 145 feet, was known originally as Windmill Hill, since the colony's first windmill occupied this breezy spot. Its purpose was to grind grain for flour, but soon after it was built the canvas sails were stolen, the machinery was damaged in a storm, and the foundations cracked. The signal station at the top of the hill was built in 1848. This later became an astronomical observatory. This is a great place for a picnic with a view.

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Upper Fort St., Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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Published 07/21/2016


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