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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
Central Business District
+61 2 9255 1788
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This chair is like several big steps along the walking path with a great view of the Harbor. The long or short way it's a must see site if your heading around the waterside walking path.

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The chair itself is a bit underwhelming but the walk leading to it and the views from it make it more than worth your time!

Thank stephanie_sandiego1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The site is relatively simple. The views are however, nice. You see the opera, the military harbour, the Harbour bridge. You can reach it by walking through the shore walkway at the botanic garden when coming from the Opera House.

Thank TravelerTrecker
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I first began doing my research for my Australia trip this came onto my radar. I was unclear exactly where it was and probably would not have ended up seeing it until I came across a friendly Greek/Aussie who struck up a conversation with...More

Thank DrjkovarikTeqeusta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Other than the history involved the actual memorial is not terribly impressive. What is impressive, are the views. World Class. Awe inspiring and occasionally breathtaking. Don't miss it.

Thank gastronaut_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Set just next to the botanical gardens, this is an outstanding lookout across the harbour, harbour bridge, opera house, etc. Especially great at sunset when the sun is setting behind the bridge. Bring a picnic and enjoy watching the ferries go by.

Thank freelove1517
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK you walk to find the place and their is a inscription but not that great. Walk was nice but actual chair was nothing special. Maybe it was just be but not a want to see again or if I missed, no big deal.

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate to come here when the weather was great. It's a lovely walk with great views of the harbour, bridge and Opera House, and once you get to Mrs McQuarie's Chair, you will understand why that lady loved to visit. The botanical gardens...More

Thank Stewart S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If the weather is nice you have a great view. Easy to get to from the Botanical Gardens. Don’t be in a hurry to eat your picture here as there are many people. Everyone was potluck and cameras/phones were traded. Whether you are by yourself...More

Thank susandO9489RZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This a beautiful spot for a picnic and to relax. The kids will love to run around and because it's connected to the Botanical Garden exhibits you can take those in or enjoy the Open Air Cinema in January.

Thank Kim F
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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
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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.