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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
+61 2 9255 1788
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a great spot to enjoy some of the best views over Sydney Harbour. Apparently Governor Macquarie's wife Elizabeth, used to come here to watch over the water. This was back in the early 1800s. The period I think was around 1810-1820. May be...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Governor Macquarie's wife sure picked a good spot all those years ago - still one of the most iconic and sought after views of Sydney Harbour available. Great photo stop.

Thank dr_iggy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We walked from the Opera House (after an amazing behind the scenes guided tour) through the Botanical Gardens to this spot. The walk is nice and there are plenty of good spots for beautiful photos. The chair itself... hmmm... not so sure. It's a nice...More

Thank Taminchen
Reviewed 1 week ago

The spot offers stunning views of both the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Perfect if you can make it for the golden sunset. Definitely an amazing experience!

1  Thank Wong T
Reviewed 1 week ago

A landmark in Sydney and easily accessed from various walks around the area. The history of the area is interesting, how this rock formation is important in Sydney.

Thank Janem0205
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told to go and appreciate the sunset from this point and I was not disappointed. It was surprisingly not too crowded for my taste. Tip: depending on the season, bring a jacket, because it quickly got quite cold with the wind.

Thank M'sieu P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mrs Macquarie's Chair is on the point opposite side of the bay from the Opera House and is well worth the walk. It provides a wonderful panorama of the city looking across the water.

Thank Narziss
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very popular tourist spot and a historically significant point made famous by the wife of an important early Governor of Sydney. Great views down towards the 'heads' (harbour entrance) and back to the landmarks of SOH and SHB. Always packed with tourists 1899 oos

Thank Albywon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk along Farm Cove, from the Opera House to the Chair is an excellent early morning walk. Birds to watch, and great views towards the CBD. Mrs M's Chair makes an interesting end-point for the stroll.

Thank travellerA2622QA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

located on a promontory between the Sydney Opera House and Garden Island. There is an level walkway from the Opera House to Woolloomooloo Wharf around the park lands. There is a lookout at the tip that gives excellent views of the harbour bridge, opera house,...More

Thank Ray F
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with
energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise
buildings and after-work drink places, high-end
shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners
frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a
dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle,
reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
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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.