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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 today

Situated at the edge of the Botanical Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is not particularly amazing but, because of it's fame, it's one to visit and tick off your list!

Thank Jade-Stamford
Reviewed yesterday

We walked to here from both sides and its a lovely walk to get there which ever way you walk, right next to the sea.

Thank cumbrianradioham
Reviewed 2 days ago

We toured this area after New Year's Eve. If we already didn't have plans for the fireworks, this would be a spot to consider. You get wonderful views of the Opera House as well as the bridge. Arrive early b/c this area is free and...More

Thank nola1961
Reviewed 3 days ago

Mrs Macquaries Chair is quite renowned in Australia. Convicts did all the work of that Chair. Governor Macquarie ordered to have it built for his wife. Now-a-days, many people sit there on that sandstone bench and enjoy the view. There is a legend that Mrs...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited this location to attend the St George Open air cinema. Had a fantastic time with amazing views of Sydney harbour including the Opera House. During the daytime this is a gorgeous place to visit for a picnic or just to stroll along the harbour...More

Thank Suzana C
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can easily walk here from the Opera House by following the shoreline past the Botanic Gardens and you'll be rewarded with a great view up and down the harbour, and can then return to the Botanic Gardens for refreshments.

Thank Narziss
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much to say other than it's worth walking up to it for the views. If you visit the Convict museum first, you'll find out how it got its name.

Thank chocolocomama
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here as part of a bus tour. This area has very nice views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The chair itself is nothing spectacular. The tour guide was joking about Mrs Macquarie having a very big butt. This area is also frequented by...More

Thank neminskii
Reviewed 1 week ago

I walked right passed this at first so when I came back to it I wasn't really inpressed, it's just a chair

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well laid out and presented walk along the Sydney foreshore and into Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Although there were plenty of people around the layout makes for an easy and comfortable walk. Worth the visit.

Thank Mal B
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
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Daniel C
19 November 2016|
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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.