Mrs Macquarie's Chair (also known as Lady Macquarie's Chair) is an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench, on a peninsula in Sydney Harbour. It was hand carved by convicts in 1810, for Elizabeth Macquarie, the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales. The peninsula itself was known to the Gadigal as Yurong Point, and is now widely known as Mrs Macquarie's Point, and is part of The Domain, near the Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Roshan Arjun Ananda | Jan 29, 2018
Mrs Macquarie's Point is near Mrs Macquaries Chair. It is a good viewpoint of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from a far distance. The icons were well lighted at night. I went to Sydney for the new year countdown. It was one of the best spots to view fireworks but it is advisable to get up early as the queue for entry is very very long. The entrance is free. We queue since 9.00am but only managed to enter the view point at 3.00pm and the good spots were all taken by other people.
ChunMi Araki | Feb 21, 2018
The chair is not very impressive. It’s simply a rock/cement chair perched against a stone wall. And it was swarming with tourists. So instead I climbed up the set of stairs to enjoy the view from above. The journey to find the chair however was well worth it with incredible views of the bridge and opera house and an adventure through the botanical gardens. Bring your camera!
Francis-Olivier Gravel | Jan 27, 2018
The location itself was not that interesting for me. I do understand the history behind it but the chair is not very impressive. However the real reason to go there is for the views around. You can have a great view on both the Opera and the Bridge at the same time. There are not many places you can have that on land. Time yourself with the sun for the best light and best pictures!
Parbodh Chander Bali | Dec 30, 2017
This is a part of Royal Botanical Park and has access from various points from main road as well as walking on foot around the bay. Mostly tourists walk from Opera House adjoining gate of garden and stroll along sea shore to reach bat point which is about 500 meters. This place has its history which is well known and I need not comment afresh. This has its one unique famous location that the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge pair gives it's best pose. Hundreds of tourists and local nature lovers, camera lovers and romantic love birds reach here in eve to have the best of beauty of Sea, sea water, bay, Opera House, Sydney Bridge which chande to magical reflections as dusk approach and melt to dark night. Every second colours change, lights start lighting up, steamers switch on lights, Opera House and bridge start glowing and the reflection in water twinkling gives a trans on onlooker who just silently and speechlessly watch for hours clicking cameras, romancing in hand held postures. Its looks as if queen of night has personified at this spot. Otherwise it is a barren rock, cut on it a sitting bench seat which has itself no beauty but no doubt a grand history and heritage.
Vipul Raghav | Dec 26, 2017
The iconic Sydney Opera House with Sydney Harbour Bridge in backdrop. My main motive to come here was to see them in a single frame. What I find was that this point is actually a nice place for family to be together. Lovely parks surrounding it with a botanical garden and the scenic view. A must visit.
Sally T | Mar 31, 2018
The benefit of working in the Sydney CBD near Circular Quay is being able to view this iconic landmark each day when you take a walk at lunch time. The chair itself is not much, but the surrounding area, the walkway along the harbour foreshore and the Botanical gardens are breathtaking. It's a great way to spend your lunch break and you never tire of these beautiful views.
Jeff Lu | Mar 26, 2018
Not the most easily accessible spot in the garden. It takes a bit of walk to get there. But the view was HUGE. Light and shadow play intricately on the iconic opera house with time of day and season. Sunrise and sunset are best.
Ben Lee | May 2, 2018
My one recollection of this place is that I got a spanking here for some reason and then made to pose for a photo! Thus the infamous photo of me with a grumpy face in front of the famous Mrs. Macquarie steps. Aside from that unfortunate memory the place is tranquil and no surprise that Mrs Macquarie used this point to view the harbour in all its glory. Thankfully this is not a space only a privileged few can use from their ivory tower, but a public space that anyone can visit by car or on foot from St James station past the Art Gallery of NSW. There are now occasional performances that are made here from a platfrom that is sometimes set up and I knew of one person that took part in a classical performance here on that platform on the water, so do look up any events that might happen here. The view is excellent and any performance will be most unique.
Richard Pinto | May 2, 2018
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 convicts to cut a seat out of the sandstone, for his wife.
Deepak Jaisingh | Apr 20, 2018
While in Sydney we visited here. A good botanical garden. We spent about an hour here. It was clean and nicely maintained. We could see the opera from here. It was a Sunday, at the top they had cycling fair going on. Lots of people were seen enjoying on their cycles. Most of the cycles were decorated
Peter Johnston | May 30, 2018
On a beautiful sunny autumn day our picnic in the park was wonderful. As it was a Saturday we were prepared for the throngs of tourists and the constant parade of weddings looking for that special photo. Lots of stretch lomos, busses and coaches meant that parking was at a premium. It was all worth it though, we had a wonderful day.
AhBoon Lah | Jun 30, 2018
One of the tourist attraction in the Sydney botanical garden. it's a chair crafted from a rock by Sydney's mayor many years ago, so that his wife could watch the sunset of the city everyday. In fact there's a very good view of the harbor from this view point.
Ayman Dark | Jun 16, 2018
Ideal location for photographers looking to capture stunning images of Sydney's skyline. Likewise, it's also a tranquil environment of which offered me great peace. A great area of which I'd recommend to anyone.
Leena Patil | Jun 26, 2018
What a lovely viewpoint to capture Opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge... Unexpected fireworks during the visit in Feb took us by surprise. It was quite an experience!
Alan Lawson | Jun 29, 2018
If you want the classic tourist view thus is the place. Good to have this in the middle of a city which makes Sydney such a great place to live and work as long as you don't mind being at the end if the world of course.
George Ash | Jul 9, 2018
I loved the views of the bridge, opera house and the city, perhaps the only place where you can get all three landmarks in one camera frame. The chair is a historical landmark and faces another direction (towards the opposite side in some ways as the opera house and other landmarks didn't exist when the chair was made) ... it's hefty on parking and hence didn't deserve 5 stars. And look out for times when there aren't a lot of tourists
Benjamin Sangster | Jul 13, 2018
Highly recommend coming here for the view, quietness and location. You can see the opera house and bridge from here. Can walk into the city, room for your caravan to park also, but you have to pay for parking. There is a lot of it so should be ok. Best views are up high and down by the water
Marc Leong | Jul 13, 2018
Clear your head after a heavy day at work. Be in your own element and be amazed how quiet the park can be in our amazingly busy city. Highly recommend for all those working in the corporate high rise building and need a half hour / hour away from your bosses.
Joshua Buckman | Jul 24, 2018
Admission is free. Located on the east side of the botanic garden, this place is a perfect spot for tourists to take selfies. For locals, it’s a good place to reflect how lucky we are to have such a magnificent harbour. At night, the view from here is so romantic.
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