S.H. Ervin Gallery
S.H. Ervin Gallery


02 9258 0173


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Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney

The S.H. Ervin Gallery is one of Sydney’s leading public art galleries operated by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and is located on Observatory Hill (Tallawoladah, Gadigal). The Gallery presents the work of Australian artists, past and present in engaging exhibitions that explore the richness and diversity of Australian art and present it in new contexts.

The Gallery has developed an excellent name for presenting important exhibitions and programs that recognise the valuable contribution made by Australian women artists. The Gallery also offer on site parking for visitors, cafe and bookshop.


To see how we are working to keep you safe please visit their website.


The Gallery offers visitors two dedicated disabled car spaces in front of the Gallery entrance which is accessible by a ramp. There is a disabled toilet on site and one courtesy wheelchair available for use. Carers are offered free admission on presentation of a Companion Card.

Getting There

Walking directions

From Circular Quay
Walk to George Street , The Rocks. Turn left into Argyle Street and walk under the famous Argyle Cut to climb the stairs opposite the Garrison Church. Turn left at the top of the stairs and follow Watson Road past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

From Kent Street
Follow the historic Agar Steps (opposite the Langham Hotel) up to the National Trust Centre.

From Wynyard and the city
At No. 1 York Street walk through the expressway underpass. Follow the tunnel, keeping to the right, until you come up on Kent Street . Walk along Kent Street to the Agar Steps, or follow the Bradfiled Highway footpath towards the Bridge, which will take you past the National Trust Centre on your left.

Driving directions

Drive down Kent Street, right into Argyle Street, right again into Watson Road and follow it around past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre. Visitor parking is available on site.

Public Transport directions

Route 311 from Railway Square (via Elizabeth Bay) terminates at Argyle Street. Walk up Watson Road, Observatory Hill and follow the signs. Routes 324 and 325 from Watsons Bay (via New South Head Road) terminate in Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Walk up the Hickson stairs or Windmill steps to Kent Street.

To Wynyard or Circular Quay and proceed on foot as above.

To Circular Quay and proceed on foot as above.

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