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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, Australia
+61 2 9255 1788
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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.

1  Thank Amy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 5 August 2018

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
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
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
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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Anita P
15 April 2018|
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Response from cumbrianradioham | Reviewed this property |
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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.