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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
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+61 2 9255 1788
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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A beautiful walk along the waterfront

Great walk! Wonderful views, lovely spots to stop and have a picnic. Gives you a chance to laze around and feel Sydney city away from all the shops!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great walk! Wonderful views, lovely spots to stop and have a picnic. Gives you a chance to laze around and feel Sydney city away from all the shops!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Maybe it's too busy there because tourists are merging with joggers, but when you have the chance take a moment and sit there (or on one of the others benches nearby) to relax and watch the sea and the boats

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Is a tradition for every tourist, walk around the RBG and vist Mrs. Macquarie's Chair to take that classic photo that englobes the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, but the best view for this is actually Mrs. Macquarie's Point, which is also and less crowded.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Just a rock where a former lady used to sit to get fresh, clean air away from the city. Went here on a city bus tour. No reason to go back.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took a detour walking over to the Opera house to see this and it was overrun with Asian tourists taking selfies. Once they were gone, all it is a cut in the stone. Nothing too spectacular. I would have skipped if I had known it would be so underwhelming.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is located in the Botanical Gardens. I have heard that its a great place to see the sunset but I was there earlier in the day. It gets very crowded and I think I would have enjoyed it more if there weren't as many people there. It is wonderful that her husband carved it out for her to enjoy... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are planning on walking through the gardens, it's worth a visit but otherwise, it's just a chair. The plaque above has great information about it and the chairs information is great, but I wouldn't make a special a trip to come see it. The views are good, but it's a carved rock that looks away from Sydney.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The pic above is not the actual chair that is round the corner, most tourists miss it. Its a lovely walk from the Opera house and the botanic gardens are great. Huge trees, Ibis , other birds.peaceful. Lovely cafe too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of history here and some great views of Sydney harbour and bay. Busy but fun. Easy access and links to several other things to see and do in the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The "chair" itself was a rock. The walk through the botanical gardens and then to the opera house was beautiful. We had great views of the harbor and the opera house with the bridge behind it. Lots of people were out. The walk is like the lakeside walk in Chicago.

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