Mrs Macquaire Chair, Sydney

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    Go sit in Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair

    by 850prc Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    "Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair" is a bit of misnomer. There's not really a "chair" per se, but there used to be. "Mrs. MacQuarie" was the wife of the governor of Australia some 170 years ago. Sydney possesses one of the world's most beautiful harbour settings, and Mrs. MacQuarie had quite an eye for setting up a view. She decided that the area now called "Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair" was the best place to look over the harbour. She used to sit out on the point, IN HER CHAIR, enjoying the view, looking over the Farm Cove (which is the body of water that separates the Chair area from the Opera House today). By the way, although most would call it Sydney Harbour, the actual name of the area is Port Jackson.

    I'm sure it was a breathtaking scene back then. And unlike most modern improvements, the addition of the Harbour Bridge (1932) and Opera House (mid-60s) to the panorama has only made it better.

    So, if you want THE postcard shot of yourself in Sydney, go "sit" in Mrs. MacQuaries chair. Bring your camera.

    The view from

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    NYE

    by martin_nl Written Nov 2, 2004

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    For me a reason to stay in Sydney for 2 months also had to do with the fact that I really wanted to celebrate New Years Eve here. I have seen the fireworks of Sydney on tv many times and heard good things about the parties in the city on that night. Of course I had to experience this for myself and so I did together with friends from the hostel.

    The place we were this evening was Mrs. Maquarie's Point in the Botanic Gardens. We had a pretty good view over the harbour and saw the fireworks perfectly. It was very busy here but everyone was having a good time. The drinks weren't very expensive either!!

    NYE fireworks

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    Best View in Town?? Mrs Macquaries Point

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Sep 7, 2005

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    One of many ways one can enjoy the beautiful site of the harbor bridge and the opera house in the city is by going to the Mrs Macquaries Point. This magical site offers spectacular ground level views of the harbor with its icons in the background making it a popular tourist attraction. You will also see a lot of locals enjoying a hike or a run while others take an afternoon nap nearby by the botanical gardens..

    The best way to enjoy your visit the Mrs Macquaries Point is to pack a light lunch or snack and lounge on a bench taking in the gorgeous view.

    To get there, just follow the walkway from the opera house outwards towards the botanical gardens. On the way there are signs informing of the distance left to the point. Enjoy.

    View from Mrs Macquaries Point in Sydney

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    by grantravel Written Sep 9, 2004

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    Mrs Macquaire's Chair, provides one of the best vantage points in Sydney. The historic chair was carved out of a rock ledge for Governor Lachlan Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth, as she was known to visit the area and sit enjoying the panoramic views of the harbour.

    Mrs Macquarie's Point, directly east of the Opera House on the eastern edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, provides excellent views west across the harbour to the Bridge and the Mountains in the far distance.

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    Mrs. McQuarie's Chair

    by b1bob Written Feb 21, 2003

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    Everybody got a wake-up call at 7.00 on 3 July, but it was better than the 5.30 which Mr. Rath wanted. We took a nice hot breakfast at Bersen's restaurant. It was a real breakfast, rather than the continental ones I was used to in Europe. They served eggs of whatever style (you know I like mine fried well done), Canadian bacon, toast with butter and jelly, and tomato garnish. It was a cool 64° (18°C) but not cold. The winters in Sydney are much like those in Jacksonville or Savannah. We got on the bus to see the important sights around Sydney. First, we visited Mrs. McQuarie's Chair (she was the wife of the first English governor of Australia) from which there is a good view of Sydney. Maybe after my successful career in Congress, they will commemorate my easy chair that way! Second, we visited a neighbourhood called "The Rocks" that was a rough area during the colonial era. If they turn bad neighbourhoods into tourist traps, within 50-100 years, Anacostia in Washington and Oregon Hill in Richmond will be must-see stops for foreign tourists.

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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    by globetrott Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    The Royal Botanic Gardens were my first highlight, when I took my very first walk across the centre of town, as it was quite easy to reach from my hotel (Challis Lodge) in a short walk through some sidestreets. The Royal Botanic Gardens are a great place to relax and to learn about exotic plants and animals and for the first time in my life I saw a big crowd of large bats (I think they were flying foxes) hanging down from the trees during the day, taking a rest before they start searching for food at night. There is a certain humming made by them, so you will spot them easily, when walking through that parks .
    You will find different sections there such as the Old Mill Garden, a Maiden Pavilion,the Succulent Gardens, the Herbarium,the Rose Garden and Pavilion, Australian Native Rockery, some cafes and lots of benches to relax.
    Around these gardens with a size of 30 hectares and an estimated number of 40.000 plants you will also find the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Sydney Government House, a building that looks like a scottish castle or Manor House.
    And the Sydney Opera House is also just in a short walk from the Botanical gardens.
    And what was also quite amazing for me to see were all of the hundreds of people you will see jogging and exercising all day long in the area around the Botanical Gardens.

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    The entrance to the Royal Botanical Garden is free of charge
    and at 10.30am you can also get a free guided tour
    and as far as I remember, only a very small part of the garden is locked at night.

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    Mrs Macquaries Point

    by imstress Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    Mrs Macquaries Chair is at a corner of the botanic garden.

    You can climb up and sit at the chair and have a birds eye view of the whole area.

    Great pics can be taken here with Opera House and the Bridge as the background.

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    Mrs. Macquaries Chair

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    Mrs Macquarie's Chair is a sandstone rock that is in the shape of a bench. It supposedly was carved by convicts from sandstone in 1810 for Governor Macquarie's wife Elizabeth. The "Chair" is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens at the end of Mrs Macquaries Road.

    This is a big attraction for visitors who love to get their picture standing or sitting on it. Sometimes it's fun to just go with the flow and post like the rest of them....

    In the summer and even on a nice winter's day you will find people sitting on the grass in this area as well. Under the shade of the trees you can easily spend an hour watching the world go by and this is one of my favorite places in Sydney to relax and do just that.

    Liz posing by the

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  • Mrs. Macquarie's Point

    by grkboiler Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    This spot has some of the best views of Sydney! To the west you can see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and to the east you can see the Naval Yard at Woolloomooloo.

    Elizabeth Macquarie, the wife of the Governor in the early 1800's, would stop here and rest while she walked along the harbour to take in the beautiful views.

    View from Mrs. Macquarie's Point
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    Mrs Macquarie's Chair

    by Llewster Written Sep 4, 2007

    My second best place to go in Sydney.

    Start from north Hyde Park in the city centre. Here you'll find the fountain and St Mary's Cathedral. Take the Art Gallery Road which runs between St Mary's and the Hyde Park Barracks.

    Stop in at the NSW Art Gallery FREE.

    Walking on - take the path on the right hand side and go down to the harbour (Woolloomooloo Bay) via Andrew Boy Charlton Pool - this path will go right around to Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

    From here you can see the most impressive sight of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the one shot.

    You can finish the trip off by going through the Royal Botanical Gardens around Farm Cove then to the Sydney Opera House then to Circular Quay. Have an ice cream here - Gelatissimo a favourite.

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    Mrs Macquaries Chair

    by arv1 Written Jun 28, 2005

    Not exactly a statue...but not exaclty a chair either...hmmm...more like an indentation in the wall. It was also difficult to find...especially if people were sitting on 'it'...as they blocked the sign!!! I actually walked past it twice, then asked someone for directions, they got up and i realised they were on it!!

    But it has a nice story. Mr Macquarie made this chair for his wife so she could sit outside and observe as ships came in and out of the harbour. She loved it and i think its worth seeing, just so you can see the great view she saw everyday!!

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    An oasis of peace in the middle of a buzzing city

    by coolbananas Written Apr 25, 2003

    In the middle of this busy city there's a big park which provides the opportuntiy to go for a 'walk with a view'. From Mrs. Macquarie's Point you have a great view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. It's also a nice place to bring a book and sit down in the grass, enjoying the quiet surroundings. Quite amazing, considering the fact that you're in the centre of the city!

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    Mrs Macquaries Chair

    by imstress Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    I didnt expect Mrs Macquaries Chair is a stone structure.
    But you can have a breathtaking view of the Opera House and Sydney Bridge right at the comfort from Mrs Macquaries Chair.

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    Mrs Macquaries Folly

    by imstress Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    Do you think we are put into a cage?
    We are prisoners of Mrs Macquaries Folly.

    This beautiful structure can be found at the Botanic Garden.
    Its design looks like a bird cage.

    Mrs Macquaries Folly
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    Mrs. Macquaries Bushland Walk

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    Mrs. Macquarie's Bushland Walk is in the Botanical Gardens. Along the walk are various plant and flower species along with descriptions of them and where they are found to grow.

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