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Address: National Trust Centre | Observatory Hill, Watson Rd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: 02/9258-0123

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Great gallery and cafe

Perched on the top of Observatory Hill in Sydney's The Rocks area is a wonderful art gallery and cafe run under the auspices of the National Trust. It's a wonderful old building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2016
Bill Y
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

On February 17 at 12.30 I took my niece to lunch at the Gallery Cafe. The only table for two was at the rear beside the door. We waited some time, there were few waitresses and none came near us so I went to the counter and enquired. I was told our table was reserved but said we hadn't seen... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

Perched on the top of Observatory Hill in Sydney's The Rocks area is a wonderful art gallery and cafe run under the auspices of the National Trust. It's a wonderful old building that in the early days was a hospital. The exhibition space is open and pleasant and the array and quality of exhibitions available rarely disappoints - big congrats... More 

Thank Bill Y
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The S.H. Ervin Gallery belongs to the Australian National Trust and is situated on Observatory Hill above The Rocks. It is hard to find the road to it but worth the trouble! They have very good small exhibitions of art and have a cafe attached where you can eat a simple lunch. The NT have a small shop there with... More 

1 Thank kvcoventry
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The S H Ervin Gallery is a great gallery, volunteers are helpful and warm. The Trust Cafe associated with the gallery wrecked our visit. On our last visit, the staff, both management and waitress, were unusually rude to us. This had actually happened not just once, but several times in subsequent visits. When I remarked to the waitress that we... More 

2 Thank Jane B
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is not the easiest gallery in the world to get to, and it's safe to say most Sydney residents do not go to it as often as they could/should. You have to go down toward The Rocks and circle around a bit, by car or on foot, climbing Observatory Hill. Up quite high above the rest of Millers Point... More 

Thank Alys-Schatzi
Barneveld, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I visited today, possible the only chance for me the openings time were not matching my schedule. The gallery is located on an awesome place, observatory hill with a marvelous views on the bridge and the opera. Anyway I visit the exhibition, called sculpture city with leading sculptures as Anne Ferguson, Paul Bacon Paul Hopmeier, and a few more. Unfortunately... More 

Thank Guido S
Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

After many years of meaning to visit the S H Ervin Gallery. There was momentary hesitation - we got the impression that folks in jeans are not always readily welcomed - but then we paid the admission fee ($7 which is minsicule really). We saw the Opera House Exhibition which was fantastic. It must have been a massive achievement to... More 

Thank hopingfortravel
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Just viewed the Salon De Refuse here, so good, what a lovely space. Historic building located on Observatory Hill, nice cafe too, plus parking, (if a little limited). Well worth a visit. Then onto the Sydney Observatory. Nice day out

Thank Giusee L
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Round off a trip to the Rocks or the Observatory with a visit to the Ervin. It's run by the National Trust but the building itself is nothing much. They do have some wonderful exhibitions (and the occasional mediocre one) which promote Australian Art. The best shows are when they have borrowed a private collectors' collection. The volunteer staff are... More 

Thank 655peterK655
Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This gallery is located in the National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill. My wife and I conducted a visit to Sydney Observatory and became aware also of the existence of this gallery which is located a short stroll from the Observatory. There is limited free parking available at the gallery. There is a lovely little cafe attached to the gallery... More 

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