Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
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About
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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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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  • centralvic
    Ballarat, Australia1,297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk the loop.
    We walked up to Mrs Macquarie's Chair from the QVB. It's a nice walk, only about 2.5kms. If you walk along the fence of the Gardens, you will get a stunning, iconic view of the Opera House and the Bridge. Do the loop around the Chair and see the boats in the harbour as well. Well worth the effort.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant walk with excellent views
    We walked from Circular Quay, past the Opera House, and through the Botanic Gardens (lovely at this time of year!) along to Mrs Macquaries Point. A lovely walk with splendid views both back to the Bridge and the Opera House and on the other side to the naval base. Well worth doing. The seat itself is an interesting artifact with a charming story behind it. There are lots of lovely walks in Sydney and this is one of the best. Afterwards we went back through the Gardens to the excellent Sydney Art Gallery and onto the CBD. Excellent way to spend half a day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Bevvers67
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom395 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really interesting piece of history.
    With fabulous views across the harbour, a wonderful botanic garden behind it & a million people trying to sit on it for a photo, Mrs Macquarie's Chair is another must visit icon of Sydney. The story of how it came to be is a wonderful piece of history & the area surrounding it is charming. The trees are bizarre & it's worth a little amble around the immediate vicinity before you rush off.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2024
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very interesting marker celebrating the completion of of a road including a carved area purporting to be the chair of Mrs Macquarie. Her actual chair is carved out a bit to the left of the monument.
Written 4 May 2024
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Directly across the Harbor from Opera house with perfect views, sits this sort of chair dating back from the 1800's where Mrs Macquarie sat & watched the boats come in.
Part of the Botanical Gardens definitely worth the 20 minute walk around from the Opera House to check out, nice photo op.
Written 1 April 2024
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Bevvers67
Worcestershire, UK395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
With fabulous views across the harbour, a wonderful botanic garden behind it & a million people trying to sit on it for a photo, Mrs Macquarie's Chair is another must visit icon of Sydney.

The story of how it came to be is a wonderful piece of history & the area surrounding it is charming. The trees are bizarre & it's worth a little amble around the immediate vicinity before you rush off.
Written 19 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We walked from Circular Quay, past the Opera House, and through the Botanic Gardens (lovely at this time of year!) along to Mrs Macquaries Point. A lovely walk with splendid views both back to the Bridge and the Opera House and on the other side to the naval base. Well worth doing. The seat itself is an interesting artifact with a charming story behind it. There are lots of lovely walks in Sydney and this is one of the best. Afterwards we went back through the Gardens to the excellent Sydney Art Gallery and onto the CBD. Excellent way to spend half a day.
Written 22 October 2023
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
There is a nice shady loop to walk to here from the corner of Hyde park (you can drive if you have to). The chair is basically a rock but it offers a fabulous view over the harbour - well worth a visit, a place of calm
Written 21 October 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is a cool piece of history, although obviously not the most comfortable sofa to sit on. It's clear why the view attracted the favor of Mrs. Macquarie.
Written 11 October 2023
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centralvic
Ballarat, Australia1,297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We walked up to Mrs Macquarie's Chair from the QVB. It's a nice walk, only about 2.5kms. If you walk along the fence of the Gardens, you will get a stunning, iconic view of the Opera House and the Bridge. Do the loop around the Chair and see the boats in the harbour as well.
Well worth the effort.
Written 9 August 2023
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ness
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Hard to believe this is in the centre of Sydney. Peaceful, great harbour views and easy to get to-walking out by car. While the actual ’chair’ is historical, the surrounds are just as impressive. Views to Fort Denison and the opera house and the navy base. Park land around is great to relax in
Written 30 June 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is a beautiful spot to sit and watch the sailing boats/ships cruise by, as it was back in the day, the govenors wife of the time spent so much time here, the Govenor had a seating area carved out of the rock for her.
Written 11 June 2023
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Ashfield531
Ringwood, UK1,221 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
As a piece of early colonial history fine, but beyond this it is hardly worth the walk to get here. What was the view that the lady enjoyed is now obscured by trees
Written 28 April 2023
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