Mrs. Macquarie's Chair
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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In 1810, Governor Macquarie commissioned a bench for his wife, and the city's convicts obliged him by carving Mrs. Macquarie's Chair out of sandstone rock. However, it's best known not for its history, but for its vantage point that offers sweeping vistas. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge both stand out in high relief from the chair.
This lookout point gets great reviews for its free admission and sweeping views. One TripAdvisor user says: "It is worth visiting due to the great views of the harbour and the surrounding area as well as the historical value, but there is not much else of interest here." Others recommend avoiding this spot during peak season since tour groups tend to overcrowd it.
You'll find Mrs. Macquarie's Chair right next to the Royal Botanic Gardens.