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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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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Excellent position for views towards the west of Opera House & Sydney Harbour Bridge. Many wedding photos taken here. Graced by the characteristic, enormous Morton Bay fig trees and bordered by the NSW Art Gallery, Domain & Botanic Gardens. Easily a full day's outing

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australia
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33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Where else could you take in so much of what makes Sydney a destination. Skyline, bridge and opera house all in one and popular with all. The green space is well laid out with plenty of parking and only a short walk from circular quay. A must do. Check out my photos from sunset (a popular and recommended choice) international... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This can basically be the mid way point in your walk from the Opera House, through the Royal Gardens, to Macquaries chair and back. This particular spot is a perfect place to take pics of the Opera House and Bridge together. The best spot to watch the fireworks from on New Years, etc.

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London
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67 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is really just a feature in the Sydney harbour botanical gardens - it's fun to visit for the historical significance, but the main attraction here are the wonderful gardens, a must visit. The views from Mrs. Macquarie's chair are fabulous so get those classic tourist pictures of the opera house and harbour bridge here!

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is one of the best free spots to actually watch NYE fireworks. Go in the early morning to experience the crowd, take sandwiches, drink a little bit, enjoy a sun tan and amaze yourself with fireworks.

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Perth, Australia
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157 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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Chicago, Illinois
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22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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138 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
25 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
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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