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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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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
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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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Great view

Very nice view from the point, of the harbor, the opera house, and the bridge. I can see why one would want to sit here!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Campbellton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very nice view from the point, of the harbor, the opera house, and the bridge. I can see why one would want to sit here!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A peaceful and stunning place to escape the hectic city and to watch the harbour life go by. Great scenery and wonderful place to relax and while away an hour.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Loved the history of the place, Mrs Macquarie's chair, oldest surviving European structure in Australia - even if it is only part of a wall and Australia's first street trees. Best views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and overlooking Fort Dennison, Australia's only Martello Tower. Alongside the Botanic Gardens and Art Gallery and a 12 minute walk... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Possibly the best spot to take photos of the harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The fact that its in a great park makes it all the more appealing

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It is undoubtedly the best place for viewing the Opera house and the Harbour Bridge together. This is exactly where you would have the picture perfect Sydney moments of your trip :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I visited at night for the sole purpose of photography so didn't explore the area very much. However, as a site for photos it is excellent. The location makes it perfect for capturing both iconic images in one shot. You can also view the naval docks which may make for additional image opportunities. Worth a visit, especially at night.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is situated at the Royal Botanical Garden and from here you can take a picture of both Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Visit this place in the morning and evening is advisable for good photo.

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The chair is worth a visit, but probably what most people go for is the photo opportunities. This is probably the best place in Sydney to get both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in a photo. Definitely go when it's a clear day, it's a great quiet spot away from the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The chair is a little bit overrated but anyways the point itself is very nice and you have probably the best view of the harbour including the skyline, opera house and the harbour bridge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A must see for visitors of Sydney, and a must see for Sydney-siders! Great picnic spot and great views of the iconic landmarks across the harbour.

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