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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
Description: Located by the Royal Botanic Gardens, the bench known as Mrs. Macquarie's...
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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Best place to get the bridge & opera house in one photo. The gardens are lovely. The parrots come and say "Hello how are you". Serious they do! All the different tones of voice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Best place to get the bridge & opera house in one photo. The gardens are lovely. The parrots come and say "Hello how are you". Serious they do! All the different tones of voice they copy are comical. Do yourself a favour and have a cheese & biscuit picnic here.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

If you are time poor when visiting Sydney then take a quick trip to this location for an opportunity to view the opera house and the Sydney harbour bridge. It is an excellent location to photograph these 2 icons of Sydney. Also opportunity for other harbour shots . Enjoy .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We enjoyed walking from the Sydney Opera house through the Botanic Gardens and into the Domain where Mrs Macquarie's Chair (rock bench) is located. The great views of the Sydney Opera House and Bridge are not from the chair. They are actually before you get there near the end of the point. The entire area does have great views of... More 

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Klaipeda, Lithuania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great place for photographing yourself and getting Harbour bridge and Opera house in the background of your photos. Just don't look for the chair, it's just the name of the rock :). But you'll definitely see this place from a distance cause lots of people are hanging out here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

While I wasn't sure where exactly was the chair at first, I think it's a good look out point if you want to get a good picture of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. It's also a good choice of location for picnics. Just so you know, the chair is NOT exactly a chair but it's a exposed... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I think this spot offers the best view of Sydney's Harbor Bridge & Opera House (compared to West Circular Quay & in in front of the Opera House itself). You'll have to do quite a bit of walking along the shore path of the Royal Botanic Gardens to get to it at the end, but it's well worth the 10-15... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The path from the Royal Botanic Garden leading to Mrs Macquarie 's Chair was closed-off when I visited it on March 21, 2015. I had to get out of the Garden and asked the Security Guard how to reach this attraction. I noted the constructions going on as I walked towards this attraction. The stage is being constructed in preparation... More 

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East Northport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

A wonderful place to stroll around and see the chair upon which she waited for the return of her man. Grassy knolls with some local activities (we saw some aborigines dancers). It was a perfectly lovely spot to relax on a nice day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Good place to have a break from the busy city. View is awesome as you can see all the high rise building including Sydney Tower Eye, Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Great place to take photos of the harbour and from near this point you can take pics of the opera house and the harbour bridge.

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