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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 1 week ago 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.

Thank John K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank SR_Sydney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank gfsc5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Dewaine F
Reviewed 29 August 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.

Thank Imelda C
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

The point where this chair is located offers great views of Sydney Harbour and the opera house. However, why this particular seat is so popular I really do not understand. The best views are not from here.

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

Its only a short walk from the opera house but is worth it. It has history and great views. I think we probably stayed a good half hour just in the same spot to take in all the views and how nice it was. It...More

Thank sam2338
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Mrs. Macquarie’s chair is a sandstone rock cut into a shape of a bench by convicts in 1810 situated on a peninsula near the botanic gardens. Governor Lachlan Macquarie built it for his wife Elizabeth. She chose a very strategic lookout spot for seeing the...More

Thank GreenThumb331
Reviewed 12 August 2018 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
Reviewed 10 August 2018

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

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