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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Mrs Macquarie's Road | The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
61 02 9255 1788
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Ranked #43 of 296 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

This was a great 1.5 hour walk with breaks for the dogs. There was lots o greenery to sniff and the walk around the water was lovely. Pity we couldn't walk back through the botanical gardens around the water, but lovely nonetheless.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is the best spot to get the most amazing photos of Sydney harbours iconic landmarks in one shot (the next best spot is blues Point park on the other side of the bridge). There is a lot of grassed parkland around as well as a walking track, with the location seamlessly integrating into Sydney's Botanical Gardens. Great for a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I love shooting at Mrs Macquarie's chair. Its a beautiful location with views to our stunning city. Be mindful that it can get 'full' around sunrise/sunset with photographers. You'd be better off getting in early, finding a composition you like and sticking there! Definitely a must visit for Photographers in Sydney.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Start at the opera house, walk through the botanical gardens and take your holiday photos here. Great views of the harbour bridge and opera house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A must when visiting sydney! Great views and location. Very central. Bring a picnic hamper and then go to the art gallery. Catch a ferry. Great day out.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It's a beautiful, picturesque walk to this point but absolutely worth it! You get to take your own photograph of one of the most iconic and wonderful pictures in the world - Sydney Harbour bridge and Opera house together. Everyone still comments on our photo and ask where we bought it! It does get really busy (as you can imagine)... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Lovely walk here from the Opera House along the waterfront path through the Botanical Gardens. It took about 20 minutes strolling. Great views and photo opportunities and you get to sit in a big chair at the end!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I ended up here by chance at sunset. What a happy mistake! You can sit on the grass by the water and watch the sun go down behind the bridge and opera house.

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The "chair" - a sandstone carved bench was created for Mrs Macquarie to sit on so she could LOOK AT THE VIEW. This spot will probably give you your best photo's of Sydney. Not only can you see the Opera House and The Harbour Bridge but also Kirribilli House, Garden Island and Fort Denison.... get your early morning coffee and... More

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Chickamauga, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My favorite pictures of the Opera House and Bridge came from this attraction. We went in the early morning before it was really crowded and took our pictures. Mrs. Macquarie's chair and the story benind he chair is great, but the views are what makes it a must do in Sydney.

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