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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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Great view

Great view of the opera house,harbour bridge all the boats and ferries. 25 minute walk from city or catch a bus

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great view of the opera house,harbour bridge all the boats and ferries. 25 minute walk from city or catch a bus

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saw it, took photos of family members sitting on it, but not quite sure what to make of it. Sydney has many other things to see so you can give this is a miss unless you are a history buff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a spot for photos. We were under the trees with great reflective light from the water. It's located in a lovely park with wonderful views of Sydney Harbor from several sides.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A modest walk to the chair and the views are spectacular of Sydney Bay, the Sydney Bridge, the vessels in the bay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Mrs. Macquarie`s Chair is a famous landmark in Sydney. It was built by convicts to honor the then governors wife. They carved it out of sandstone,and she would sit in it to watch the ships come into the harbor. We were on a tour that brought us to this point just off the Royal Botanic Gardens. This place gets crowded... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

From the sandstone foreshore the view across the harbour also takes in the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Kirrabilli House and the ever changing procession of boats on the water. The walk around the area has aboriginal cultural areas but you may need a guide to find them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you walk right through the Botanical Gardens to reach the point where the chair is then take some time out to sit nearby and take in the views. I say nearby as there are usually lots of tourists sitting for photos on the chair so you most probably won't be ale to take the views in from there!... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Since it is part of the Botanic Garden, many people visit the area to take photos. It is located at the side of the garden - almost at the back. It's almost noticeable but you can just follow the signage in the garden to find it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very close to the botanical garden. The place has a nice view of the harbor. There is also a story about Mrs Macquarie and why the site says so .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Downtown Sydney is full of lovely parks and open areas, from Hyde Park through the Domain and the Botanical Gardens.  This spot is at the tip of Mrs. MacQuarrie’s Point.  It offers excellent views of the Opera House from its eastern location.  From there it's an easy walk to the Opera House.  There's no other real purpose for going to... More 

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