On a warm winters evening I ventured over to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens to see if Sydney would put on a bedtime show that night, and boy she did.
In this post, I will take you with me and show you what it was like.
MRS. MACQUARIE’S CHAIR
Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair is a pretty iconic Sydney landmark.
The ‘chair’ was carved out of a sandstone rock ledge by convicts in 1810 for Elizabeth Macquarie. She was known to love the area so her husband, who was the Governor of NSW, built her this vantage point.
It is now known as one of the best vantage points to view the sights of Sydney Harbour.
The vantage point is open 24 hours a day and is free to enter. Although be aware that the royal botanic garden itself closes at sunset, so you have to get around the park to get to Macquarie’s -Chair.
Circular Quay is the nearest stop for trains and ferries. From Circular Quay, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair is a 20-minute walk past the Opera House and along the foreshore walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens. (Make sure you get there well before sunset). If you arrive after the gardens is closed, walk towards the M1 and cross the park via the walkway towards Art Gallery Road.
Buses stop at the Art Gallery which is about a 10-minute walk away.
You can also drive past the Art Gallery to the end of Mrs. Macquarie’s Road. There is some parking available along the road but be sure to carry your wallet as you have to pay to park.
Also, make sure you read the parking signs carefully. Getting an expensive ticket for parking in the wrong place or at the wrong time may spoil your trip. You most likely won’t have a problem finding a space on the weekend but you may have to park before the point and walk to the harbor views.
There are several amazing options on where to take photos or enjoy the views from. You have a section near the waterfront and a section on higher ground.
For the majority of the sunset, we stayed at the higher vantage point, as we had an amazing spot overlooking the harbor, the Opera House as well as the Harbour bridge. We did venture down, as it is only a couple of steps. But for the best views, I would recommend staying ”on top of the chair”.
The sunset the night we went was a-mazing from the get-go. There was not a cloud in the sky, but the sun gave off a tremendous amount of light, giving the sky different tones of red through the sunset.
The photos underneath have been taken from the top vantage point.
I don’t know what I am doing, so don’t copy my camera setting haha.
As you can see, from here you have an amazing view of Sydney’s harbor and some of the most iconic buildings in the world.
After the sunset lost a bit of its magic, we ventured down towards the waterfront.
On a clear night, you can also find a lot of stars over the Royal Botanic Gardens due to reduced light pollution. So make sure to look up!
Have you been to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair during sunset? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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