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Address: Mrs Macquarie's Road | The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: 61 02 9255 1788
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Located by the Royal Botanic Gardens, the bench known as Mrs...

Located by the Royal Botanic Gardens, the bench known as Mrs. Macquarie's Chair was carved out of sandstone in the early 1800s for Govenor Lachlan Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth. It became her favorite spot to look upon the harbour and serves that same purpose today for visitors who take a moment to rest there.

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Good photo opportunity

walk through the Botanical Gardens to see the seat and take photos of the harbour. lots of people waiting to have their photo taken on the stone seat so be prepared to wait your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

walk through the Botanical Gardens to see the seat and take photos of the harbour. lots of people waiting to have their photo taken on the stone seat so be prepared to wait your turn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Personally, this is the best spot to see Sydnay landmarks!. You get to see the CBD skyscrapers, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge all at one time at this place. Not only that, it is also a very nice place to have a sit back and enjoy the view and breeze on the bench or the open grass area.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is interesting to see, but the walk to get there makes it also. A lovely setting at the point with views back to the Opera House/Harbour Bridge and also towards the Harbour entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A stunning piece which is located along Macquaries walk which runs around the edge of the Botanic Gardens.

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

nice area for a stroll as well as enjoying the wonderful view.we traveled there on a rainy day but sunshine would have made this a picture perfect location

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Met up with some colleagues to discuss a few things and we decided that the day was great so a walk around here would be beneficial. The sites on a good day are great and you certainly get plenty of exercise walking up and down stairs but you can walk at your own pace and stop along the way for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you went there by yourself, you would miss the history of why and who built the chair. It is definitely a piece of history. I recommend you read about it to understand it's significance. It was something I may have missed if I had not been with a tour group. I recommend the drive there if you are not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The story is that Mrs Macquarie's husband,governor of the fledgling Australian colony of New South Wales 1810-1822, had this bench carved out of stone for Mrs Macquarie on the overlook to the Sydney Harbor area. (You will see the Macquarie name on many sites in Australia.) The view today is still pretty though Mrs Macquarie's chair is often so overrun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here after we had enjoyed the botanic gardens.A very quiet afternoon when walked here.Quite a hike but so restful when we arrived and with no one around so peaceful.The next day we went on a harbour cruise and saw the Chair with masses of people all round.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By walking either from Mrs Macquarie's Chair to The Sydney Opera House or the other way round this is a superb walk by any standard offering unparalleled views of Sydney Harbour. It's a paved walk and relatively easy. Most of the walk can be done with wheelchair. Take a picnic and stay to drink in the scenery.

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