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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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Amazing sunset

Amazing place to view the Sunset and Sunrise. Free entrance, food place to walk and enjoying the must famous view of Sydney

Reviewed 2 days ago
Porto Alegre, RS
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A nice view of the Opera House and Bridge, a lovely park and a great place to spend sometime walking around, having a picnic or simply relaxing

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Porto Alegre, RS
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing place to view the Sunset and Sunrise. Free entrance, food place to walk and enjoying the must famous view of Sydney

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Heanor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped at Mrs Macquarie's chair as part of a city tour. While some may say its just a seat carved out of the rock, it's what it represents - a piece of Australian history where the governors wife sat looking out to sea while homesick for news from home. Good to visit as part of a tour though. There... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning view of Sydney harbour and a great walk also around the botanical gardens. Highly recommend!

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Morrisville, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is a beautiful piece of history. It sets along side the military harbour and apparently Russell Crowes home. You have a beautiful view of Sydney, the Opera House, and bridge from the shore here. This was part of our AAT Tour and was well worth the stop.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably not a stand alone attraction, however has historic value, best seen during a walk along one of the best harbour walks in the world (we are slightly biased). The seat was carved out of rock by convicts in the early 1800's for the wife of the then governor, it is said she liked to sit here admiring the harbour... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited - 12/04/2017 Let's be honest here and review the actual "chair". It's basically a stone bench carved into a rock face and it's not worth going out of your way to find unless you're interested in history, or sitting. We didn't have trouble taking pictures of it as it was a cold rainy afternoon and there weren't many other... More 

Thank Sankles
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The spot gives a good viewing point of the surrounding area and a location for nice pictures for the memory. The historical background is interesting as well. Worth the short walk to reach it.

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our American friends had read about Mrs Macquarie's Chair and it was one point of interest that they wanted to visit during their short two day stay in Sydney. We did this on a bus tour, but it is accessible by foot from various other Sydney attractions. They were stoked to have had photos taken to document their visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see place. A beautiful spot with iconic views of the opera house. A great spot for a selfie! Although very hard to get a photo on the actual chair as the queues were long. It seemed several coaches had a arrived, and all the tourists wanted a photo. Avoid late morning times!

Thank Jaxhida

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