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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...more
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Mrs Macquarie's Road | The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9255 1788
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Find your way North towards Farm Cove- you are probably walking through the Domain and Botanic Gardens. Follow the path that takes along the Farm Cove, you will have the water to your left. As you reach the right hand tip of the point you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Claudetteth
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth the walk out to see harbour and the opera house. The chair is a rock, u are there for the views. Note that the gardens nearby closes at night, so your path back to opera house may be closed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank OntarioCanuck1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a bit of worn sandstone with a view of Sydney harbor that the governor’s wife sat on to watch the harbor. Convicts chiseled the shape in 1810. Her husband, Major General Lachlan Macquarie (a Scotsman) was governor from 1810-1821.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LDavidMarquet
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Located within the Botanical gardens, the views from here, across the habour are amazing! The history behind the chair is good but the whole walk and views make it worthwhile. There are numerous birds and gorgeous flowers in the botanical gardens which is an added...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gazal P
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

A lovely walk through a beautiful park. The history of the site is listed and view from the Chair is well worth the visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CRT1977
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

It's all about the views, the seat itself is interesting and has a good historical story behind it. The best thing is the views though, back across the harbour of the opera house and bridge. Spectacular and worth the visit just for the photo opportunity.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnK269
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

The walk from the opera house to the Mrs Macquarie chair gave us the perfect view of the opera house and the Sydney harbour bridge. On our way back we walked through the botanical gardens and enjoyed watching the bird life. Definitely a worthwhile place...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Subra_syd
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

The famous chair is a seat/bench carved out of sandstone and situated out on Mrs Macquarie's Point. Nice views on the way there but only so-so from the bench itself. It's a bit hidden so keep and eye out for the signs.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gfsc5
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I only rated this as a 3 because while it's beautiful and a wonderful place to view Sydney Harbour and enjoy the nature, there are so many places that raised my interest more that this particular attraction. A short walk is required from the parking...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Dewaine F
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

After a lovely walk via Hyde park and botanic gardens I ended up here - it is a lovely spot to see Sydney harbour. Interesting that it was built for Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of Lachlan as a place of rest and scenic viewpoint.

Date of experience: August 2018
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No, all spaces have parking meters, though many are 4P allowing 4 hours limit, between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm weekdays and 6P or 6 hours parking on weekends.
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Parking at Mrs Macquarie's Chair? (19 Replies)
Is there parking available at Mrs Macquarie's Chair? Appreciate if anyone can share the parking cost for a Sunday early morning (7am+) too, for an estimated 1.5-2hours? Can't seem to find carpark information online..
March 11, 2018|
Response from107sharong|
Hi tulipkiss, I only skimmed your other itinerary post, but I gather you are staying in the city but keeping a rental car for several days after your initial driving plans- hence this question about parking? That seems like a really bad idea, especially considering all the things you appear to be doing once back in Sydney proper...you will either be parking the car at some expense to visit a few different places or trying to drive (then park) at multiple locations each day. Is there a...More
Final plan ( for family of 7) (11 Replies)
Dearest Sydney forum tripadvisors, thank you for all your input earlier in answering my question. I hope I have comprehended correctly and have drafted the following itinery. We will be using the app like "TripGo" to guide the public transports option accordingly. Day 1 29th Nov Reach at 11 am. Getting mymulti 2. maxi taxi to Meriton Bondi. Lunch. Dinner at Dixon house foodcourt @ Chinatown, if time permit, walk to Darling Harbour. Bus back and end of day Day 2 (Sunday) Family Funday...More
November 21, 2014|
Response fromGurusW|
Day 8 I'm not sure about Bell's Line of road if not coming from the city. I do understand it is for fruit picking etc, but I would be more inclined to head down to Little Hartley for the "historic" aspect rather than Windsor or Richmond. It is a weekend so this will make the towns more enjoyable. If I had to pick one it would most like be Windsor. I would play it by ear based on the traffic and how everyone is feeling.
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SYD airport to downtown/harbor (30 Replies)
Hey TA peeps, I will be transiting through SYD with a 6am-6pm layover window next month. I would like to check out some of the touristy spots(opera house, harbour bridge etc). 1. Don't plan to rent a car. Whats the cheapest way to get downtown from the airport? T8 Airport South Line train service or the route 400 bus? Is there a day pass that covers both? I will have a light roller bag with me. 2. Thinking some city sights, maybe walk the har. bridge + manly zoo(if time permits). Read...More
April 04, 2018|
Response fromAmoMondo|
Firstly, do you have an ETA so you can enter Australia? You won’t have time to do Manly, the Zoo, Bondi, the Bridge and Opera House, so you need to prioritise. If it were me, I’d skip Bondi. Bus would be cheaper but be more of a faff. With limited time, just take the train to Circular Quay. They leave from the terminal, run frequently and takes around 20minutes. There isn’t a day pass as such, just pick up an Opal Card and load $30-40 on it. You can use it on trains, buses and...More