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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 2 weeks ago

Located within the Botanical gardens, the views from here, across the habour are amazing! The history behind the chair is good but the whole walk and views make it worthwhile. There are numerous birds and gorgeous flowers in the botanical gardens which is an added...More

Thank Gazal P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely walk through a beautiful park. The history of the site is listed and view from the Chair is well worth the visit.

Thank CRT1977
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's all about the views, the seat itself is interesting and has a good historical story behind it. The best thing is the views though, back across the harbour of the opera house and bridge. Spectacular and worth the visit just for the photo opportunity.

Thank JohnK269
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

The walk from the opera house to the Mrs Macquarie chair gave us the perfect view of the opera house and the Sydney harbour bridge. On our way back we walked through the botanical gardens and enjoyed watching the bird life. Definitely a worthwhile place...More

Thank SR_Sydney
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

The famous chair is a seat/bench carved out of sandstone and situated out on Mrs Macquarie's Point. Nice views on the way there but only so-so from the bench itself. It's a bit hidden so keep and eye out for the signs.

Thank gfsc5
Reviewed 3 October 2018

I only rated this as a 3 because while it's beautiful and a wonderful place to view Sydney Harbour and enjoy the nature, there are so many places that raised my interest more that this particular attraction. A short walk is required from the parking...More

Thank Dewaine F
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

After a lovely walk via Hyde park and botanic gardens I ended up here - it is a lovely spot to see Sydney harbour. Interesting that it was built for Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of Lachlan as a place of rest and scenic viewpoint.

Thank Imelda C
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...More

Thank sam2338
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...More

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Anita P
15 April 2018|
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Response from cumbrianradioham | Reviewed this property |
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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.