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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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Tranquil place to watch the harbour

This is beautiful spot to sit and watch the coming and goings of Sydney Harbour. Although this spot is not directly accessible to buses it can get very busy with tourists and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Geelong, Australia
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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is beautiful spot to sit and watch the coming and goings of Sydney Harbour. Although this spot is not directly accessible to buses it can get very busy with tourists and photographers. We visited early in the morning and again in the evening which allowed us to avoid some of the heavy traffic and sit to enjoy the moment.... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The history behind this icon draws you close to the surrounding harbour. Have a seat...rest a while.

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midlands UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not exactly a chair more a rock shelf. Could not get to sit on it to rate the view for lots of people taking selfies in groups, in pairs on their own etc. Gave up waiting.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is still one of the best views in Sydney. What's more, it's a great piece of colonial history that is free and relatively easy to visit. Note: tour buses typically stop here, so patience will be required if you try to get a picture without anyone in it. Hang in there-- a window of opportunity will eventually... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This area offers good views around of the opera house and harbour bridge. The seat is a special place in the history of Australia.

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the waterfront with good views, the chair is often crowded by tours or a long, but pleasant walk in the psrk.

Irvine, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from the Opera House through the Royal Botanical Gardens around the bay to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. It was a beautiful day with brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 80's (F). The stroll along the bay trail was quite enjoyable with wonderful views of the park, Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the The Rocks area. The chirping... More 

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Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful part of the botanical garden with an interesting factual read of the Mrs Macquarie's chair...

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the main thing about this is the location. we imagined Mrs Macquarie sitting at this place looking out at the harbour and could visualise what it must have been like way back then. a most picturesque spot and a lovely walk to get there from Wooloomoolooand then on round the bay to the Opera House

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mrs Macquaries chair in Sydney, should definitely be on your list of scenic points to visit. An easy walk from the Opera House, and well worth the time to do.

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