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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Address: Mrs Macquarie's Road | The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: 61 02 9255 1788
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Located by the Royal Botanic Gardens, the bench known as Mrs...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of the nicest places to sit and just enjoy Sydney. It can be a bit awkward to get to, especially if you don't know your way around sydney. You can either walk up from the Botanic Gardens, or walk left from Kings Cross. I recommend you pull up a pew and sit under the trees on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you take the walk from the botanical gardens to get here then you will see some extraordinary views of the harbor. The actual chair itself is not that big of a deal, it's more the surroundings that make it wonderful. You can see part of the harbor, the bridge and the opera house from here. There is not much... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is the spot to get the best view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. There were tourist busses parked everywhere when I was there last week. It overlooks Sydney Harbour. You will pay about $1 for 15 mins of parking - just enough time to get out of your car and get a selfie (photo) and get... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you are in Sydney and you want a view or photo of the Opera house,Harbour Bridge and the amazing harbour then you need to go to Lady Macquarie's Chair, I was fortunate to be at Lady Macquaries chair for New Years Eve, The place was full with an estimated 56 thousand people all in the mood for a party.

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Noosa Heads
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is a historical site and more importantly provides outstanding views of the harbour, the Opera House and the bridge. The walk from the Opera House along the water and through the gardens is quite beautiful and the view at the Chair of the naval docks at Cockatoo Island also worthwhile

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

The view is spectacular and it draws you along Wooloowolloo Harbour when you apposch drom the east where diners across WoollooWooloo sound like flocks of birds and into the park domain. Look to your left from the chair and you see the bridge and a couple of more steps and there is the Sydney Opera house. Now dive back into... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair is a must if you are a photography buff. The views back to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge are fabulous, not to mention Fort Denison in the middle of the harbour. It is attached to the Botanical Gardens and down the road from the NSW Art Gallery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The spot in the Botanic Gardens where the wife of former NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie indulged in her hobby of sitting and watching for ships from Great Britain sailing into Sydney Harbour is now affectionately known as Mrs Macquarie's Chair. It's not exactly a chair, but more of sandstone cut into a shape of a chair. Mrs Macquarie has certainly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

If you want an amazing view of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, you have to come to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. The view is even more amazing and breath-taking at sunset where people line up with their cameras to get the perfect shot. I did not want to leave this spot, I could have sat here all day and... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Mrs Macquarie was certainly an expert in choosing a fine place from which to admire the beauty of Sydney Harbour. It's worth stopping here for a few minutes to take it in for yourself as you walk around the Botanic Gardens.

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