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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a simple sandstone ledge that sits on a point in Sydney Harbor. In the early 1800's, the Governor's wife recognized this place for its incredible beauty, and she would often sit on or around this beautiful ledge. The Governor ordered some of his...More

Thank Anthony P
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Significant in history of New South Wales but otherwise it is a rock with a seat cut out. Obviously the view is not what she would have seen and now not the best view in the harbour.

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

At the end of the day it's a seat carved in the rock that gives a great view over the bay but it is one of those places you have to visit and sit in. Worth it and of course it's a free attraction .

Thank Brian E
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is no doubt a good place. But the hype it has is a lill bit too much! It's basically a rock carved in to an chair. It is said that a queen used to sit here. This place is one of the top spots...More

Thank kkj06
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A must see when in the botanical gardens interesting history and worth a visit, unfortunately there were two young ladies sitting on the rock and would not move as playing on their phone was more important than the visitors from all round the world wanting...More

Thank Stephen A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This chair is like several big steps along the walking path with a great view of the Harbor. The long or short way it's a must see site if your heading around the waterside walking path.

Thank Amanda B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank stephanie_sandiego1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank TravelerTrecker
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank DrjkovarikTeqeusta
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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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.
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