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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 2000, Australia
+61 2 9255 1788
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

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!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank stephanie_sandiego1
Reviewed 11 February 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank TravelerTrecker
Reviewed 11 February 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank DrjkovarikTeqeusta
Reviewed 8 February 2018

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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank freelove1517
Reviewed 5 February 2018

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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 832davidh
Reviewed 1 February 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Stewart S
Reviewed 29 January 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank susandO9489RZ
Reviewed 25 January 2018

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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank KimF859
Reviewed 24 January 2018

We walked out here from the Opera House, about 30 min walk around the bay. The view of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge is spectacular, as well as Ft Dennison in the harbor.

Date of experience: November 2017
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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.