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“Don’t Understand The Hype”

Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Ranked #59 of 490 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

The point where this chair is located offers great views of Sydney Harbour and the opera house. However, why this particular seat is so popular I really do not understand. The best views are not from here.

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

Its only a short walk from the opera house but is worth it. It has history and great views. I think we probably stayed a good half hour just in the same spot to take in all the views and how nice it was. It is worth going.

Thank sam2338
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

Mrs. Macquarie’s chair is a sandstone rock cut into a shape of a bench by convicts in 1810 situated on a peninsula near the botanic gardens. Governor Lachlan Macquarie built it for his wife Elizabeth. She chose a very strategic lookout spot for seeing the best panoramic view of the harbor. These were the early days when there was no opera house and no harbor bridge. Only the ships coming from Britain.

To this day, millions have enjoyed this view for free. We accessed the place by passing through the botanic garden and entering the Yurong gate. Allocate at least 20 minutes’ walk per way and another 30 minutes to take in the view below the shade of the trees.

Thank GreenThumb331
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

It was a nice short walk from the Opera House. Less crowded and nicer photos from this angle! Taxis were very hard to get from here though.

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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Great place to watch the sunset with the bridge in the background. Easy walk from Circular Quay, through the botanical gardens. But beware - check the closing time of the botanical gardens as the gates are locked (before sunset in July) and it's a long walk round to get back!

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