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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
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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Interesting historical detour

This is worth a visit after the Botanical Gardens. Great view of both Harbour Bridge and Opera House plus a view across the water.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Suzanne H
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is worth a visit after the Botanical Gardens. Great view of both Harbour Bridge and Opera House plus a view across the water.

Thank Suzanne H
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth the walk out there. Although I saw it on a very rainy day, it was nice to see where the sat and enjoyed the view and above all it's a free activity.

Thank Ansa B
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walk around to the point to see the chair, and you get views of the city that you wont get from many other points. Very quiet with plenty of seats just to look out over the harbour. Further round you have the naval base. Above the chair I found a good little coffee van.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A quiet and peaceful place to enjoy the view of Bridge Opera House etc. Great place for a break or picnic. Got plenty of seats available and choose location near to toilet if needed

Thank Richard H
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The view is well worth the effort as the chair overlooks the harbour. It is a popular spot for wedding pictures and therefore a great place to people watch.

Thank Kimberly C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well worth the visit, there are multiple walks, the history is interesting and the views over the harbour are breathtaking. A must see.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've heard of Mrs Macquarie's chair all my life, been nearby a number of times - but not ever seen it! We were taking my brother and his wife (who live in the country) around Sydney to see some sights. We were in the Botanical Gardens and walked down to actually see Mrs Macquarie's Chair (which, being carved out of... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a single spot to get the view of both Sydney icons, this is the place to go. You can take a walk from the CBD via Royal Botanic Garden and the spot ideal for any kind of travellers.

Draper, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The allure of the chair is not the chair itself per se but rather it provides a striking view of the Sydney Harbour combined with the location central to the Botanical Gardens. The "chair" itself is free to the public. The Chair is simply a destination you can pick for your morning stroll and walk-about. The allure of this activity... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there on a tour of the city before going to our hotel. It was interesting to know that the convicts had carved the seat out of sandstone under the instruction of Governor Macquarie as his wife reputedly used to sit at that point to watch for ships coming out from Great Britain. The views are good from there.

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