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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
Phone Number: +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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Interesting Piece of History

While the chair in and of itself isn't necessarily impressive, the history behind it is (read up before you go!) and the views of the harbor certainly are. It's easy walking if... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While the chair in and of itself isn't necessarily impressive, the history behind it is (read up before you go!) and the views of the harbor certainly are. It's easy walking if you're already going through the botanic gardens, or other bus tours also stop here. Just be prepared to wait for the throngs of selfie-takers to move out of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great area to walk with great views of the Sydney area. Great water and bay views as well.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visiting here was part of the Free Bus tour. Good view and a number of other spots are nearby. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've seen the chair twice, and still think 'was that worth the time? Well maybe. It is a part of the developing history of Australia, you maybe need to hear about it from a guide, I'd recommend the free city tour.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit for any tourist to Sydney. A must visit for any local to be reminded of the great city we live in, and how amazing the harbour is. On a perfect day, the blue sky goes for miles, and the pictures you'll get at this location are well worth the visit. I often find myself walking from or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a place where you can take a picture of sydney bridge and opera house all as one (2 in 1) the air feels nice too and you can walk along the pavement and go directly to opera house

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place offers one of Sydney's best panoramic views. The "chair" is a piece of sandstone rock, carved by hand by convicts, in the shape of a bench, in 1810, when the Governor was Macquarie. If I had the chance, I'd go there again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to walk to this natural rock chair for the best views of Sydney, both east & west (free). Mrs Macquarie (govenor's wife) knew what she was doing, walking here everyday from Govenment House. The east view is by far the best, looking at combined view of the Opera House & the Harbour Bridge. It is best after 11... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Right up the hill is the tour bus stop, so everyone streams right over to this site to crowd around for photos. A really nice area, and certainly worth going by, but...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This lookout point is located in the Royal Botanical Gardens and gives a view of the Opera House and the Bridge. However, the view a bit below from the Royal Botanical Gardens is the same so you don't have to walk to this point. This place gets its name because many years ago a high placed lady wanted a chair... More 

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