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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Mrs Macquarie's Road | The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 9255 1788
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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 purpose today for visitors who take a moment to rest there.
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Mrs Macquarie's Road | The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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"sydney harbour"
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"farm cove"
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"vantage point"
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"nice walk"
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"new south wales"
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"art gallery"
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"fort denison"
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"an easy walk"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was a nice short walk from the Opera House. Less crowded and nicer photos from this angle! Taxis were very hard to get from here though.

Thank oliveandbalsamic
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place to watch the sunset with the bridge in the background. Easy walk from Circular Quay, through the botanical gardens. But beware - check the closing time of the botanical gardens as the gates are locked (before sunset in July) and it's a long...More

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a bit of a walk out to this point. The chair itself is honestly nothing special, but the view of the harbour, bridge, and opera house are great!

Thank 337alliep
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is part of the parks system, and if you have a weak stomach for the Ferry take a walk through the park and get some excellent photos of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House - FOR FREE!

Thank Texasfruit
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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

You’ll need to go to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (also known as Lady Macquarie’s Chair) to really appreciate the beauty of SYDNEY. Admission is free. Located on the east side of the botanic garden, this place is a perfect spot for tourists to take selfies. For...More

Thank maf s
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

We take all international visitors here and no matter how often you go, the view is breathtaking! Great spot to picnic, but be prepared to pay high $$$$$ for street parking.

Thank UnicornTraveller
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Great picture opportunity. And Its close to view the ship yards. Definitely a must see spot when visiting Sydney. Take a picnic maybe! LOTS of History

Thank Lovetabemom
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

If your visiting Sydney you must visit this spot. Unique and breathtaking views of the Sydney skyline as well as the harbour bridge and the Sydney opera house!

Thank kjf_x
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

The wife of the Governor of New South Wales, lamented Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie, sat on the benchand and watched the ships coming into Sydney harbour from, say, Cardiff. Also Wales, but the old and not the southern. What is the event? And she was knitting...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

Well Mrs Macquarie loved to come here to watch the ships in the harbour. I wonder what she would think now. To sit on the chair and see the harbour lit up with the Vivid lights, I reckon she would think it was excellent. The...More

1  Thank Ginges_revenge
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Anita P
15 April 2018|
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Response from cumbrianradioham | Reviewed this property |
no free to enter
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Daniel C
19 November 2016|
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Response from MWandAW |
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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