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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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Address: Mrs Macquarie's Road | The Rocks Visitors Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9255 1788
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Located by the Royal Botanic Gardens, the bench known as Mrs. Macquarie's...

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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Visiting here was part of the Free Bus tour. Good view and a number of other spots are nearby. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting here was part of the Free Bus tour. Good view and a number of other spots are nearby. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've seen the chair twice, and still think 'was that worth the time? Well maybe. It is a part of the developing history of Australia, you maybe need to hear about it from a guide, I'd recommend the free city tour.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must visit for any tourist to Sydney. A must visit for any local to be reminded of the great city we live in, and how amazing the harbour is. On a perfect day, the blue sky goes for miles, and the pictures you'll get at this location are well worth the visit. I often find myself walking from or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a place where you can take a picture of sydney bridge and opera house all as one (2 in 1) the air feels nice too and you can walk along the pavement and go directly to opera house

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place offers one of Sydney's best panoramic views. The "chair" is a piece of sandstone rock, carved by hand by convicts, in the shape of a bench, in 1810, when the Governor was Macquarie. If I had the chance, I'd go there again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to walk to this natural rock chair for the best views of Sydney, both east & west (free). Mrs Macquarie (govenor's wife) knew what she was doing, walking here everyday from Govenment House. The east view is by far the best, looking at combined view of the Opera House & the Harbour Bridge. It is best after 11... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Right up the hill is the tour bus stop, so everyone streams right over to this site to crowd around for photos. A really nice area, and certainly worth going by, but...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This lookout point is located in the Royal Botanical Gardens and gives a view of the Opera House and the Bridge. However, the view a bit below from the Royal Botanical Gardens is the same so you don't have to walk to this point. This place gets its name because many years ago a high placed lady wanted a chair... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here in 2008 and had a guide who made things interesting with the stories and this time without a guide you would be lost luckily we new them. The views from here are wonderful get your cameras ready. The opera house and the bridge.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those tourist things you have to do but it's just a chair like structure carved out of stone. It's more interesting in that if you walk around the corner you have a good view of the Opera House with the Bridge in the background. History of the Macquarie legacy is interesting.

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