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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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This a stone bench carved by convicts in about 200yrs ago for the Governor's wife, who cared for their welfare. You have to go down some rough steps to see the place. A lot of... read more

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This a stone bench carved by convicts in about 200yrs ago for the Governor's wife, who cared for their welfare. You have to go down some rough steps to see the place. A lot of tourists about, all jostling to sit in the 'chair' for photo-ops. This area(park above the bench) gives yoy some of the best views of the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are "Mrs. Macquarie's Chair" and "Mrs. Macquarie's Table"--together at the very end of a bay in the Botanical Gardens. They are a couple of rock formations that, I believe, would be of limited interest to the average tourist. However, if you are in the Gardens, and you'd like to take a nice walk along that bay--with scenic views of... More 

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Edgewood, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Mrs. Macquarie's Chair while on a city tour. It wouldn't be on my personal highlights-of-the-city list. If you happen to be there at the same time as a tour group, you probably won't be able to get a photo. I'm glad it has been protected though, because it is an interesting bit of history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent the better part of an afternoon walking along the foreshore and eventually walking by Mrs Macquarie's Chair. I wouldn't go out of my way to just walk the distance to se the attraction but the scenery getting to the attraction is definitely worth the effort.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really nice spot here and a fantastic lookout to the opera house and bridge. Quite busy spot. Nice to walk from the bridge, around the quay to the opera house and through the botanic gardens to look back at both of these spectacular landmarks

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We walked out to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair during an afternoon spent at the Botanical Gardens. The walk out to the chair is along the harbour and very scenic. Mrs. Macquarie's Chair has some interesting historical background but it's not terribly exciting. Great to visit if you have the time but their are other sites far more interesting in Sydney.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I read about this place in my guide book. It is worth a visit to sit and take in the stunning view of the harbour and the side view of the Opera House. It is a fair walk but signs are everywhere with times of how far it is to walk. You can take a little train (charge) to shorten... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and historical stone monument and like a lot in Australia has the Macquarie name. The area around this chair is worth visiting as it has stunning views of the harbour, the fort and the Maritime ships kept on the other side of the point.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice place to go for a walk with good views of Sydney. Other than that it's a bit basic. I wouldn't rush back as there are other spots to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is at the end of a headland once one crosses the Royal Botanical gardens in Sydney. A lovely vantage point, with a carved rock, it offers breathtaking views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House side by side. Apart from that, one can also see the sailboats, ships and yachts populating the beautiful Sydney harbour and the... More 

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