This is the third walk in Explore Sydney on Foot series which covers Art Gallery of New South Wales, view point – Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Botanical Garden. Do check our first walk and second walk which cover the area around Town Hall, Hyde Park and State Library of New South Wales. First and second walks are specially recommended to those who are on Business trip and only have lunch hour to explore the city. These are self-guided walks and you can download the map to follow the route.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

Left Image by Siegfried Nugent via Wikipedia
Right Image by Jason Starr via Wikipedia

  • This one of Australia’s foremost cultural institutions. It holds significant collections of Australian, European and Asian art
  • Visit the Art Gallery Restaurant for panoramic views over Woolloomooloo Bay
  • If visiting on Wednesday evening don’t miss ‘Art After Hours’ event. Schedule of After Hours is available at
  • Attend Gallery Kids, a fun performance for children and adults at 2.30pm on Sundays
  • Tours:
    • To check Floor Plan click here. This is especially helpful for those who are pressed for time; this will help in locating exhibition(s) of their interest
    • If in a hurry, have a look in the second room on the right inside the main entrance which displays many famous Australian paintings
    • You can download ‘Self-guided tours at the Gallery’ which comprises of Collection Highlights Tour, Kids Tour, Curator Insight tours
    • Downloadable Audio tours of the collection, galleries and exhibitions are available at and on SOUNDCLOUD
    • Art Gallery also provides number of guided tours in various languages, check the list of the tours, timing and duration at
  • Opening Hours of Art Gallery: Daily 10.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Good Friday and Christmas Day). Open until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays
  • Admission Free (charges apply for special exhibitions)

Exit the gallery and turn right, north up arrowArt Gallery Rd, then walk north along Mrs. Macquarie’s Rd

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Left Image by Adam.J.W.C. via Wikipedia
Right Image by Mitch Ames via Wikipedia

  • At the end of the headland is Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, a large sandstone bench cut into the rock, reputed to be where colonial governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife sat watching for ships from England.
  • This headland offers the most iconic photo opportunity in Sydney. Make sure to climb up into the sandstone caves and take in what must be one of the most beautiful views of any city in the world. If ever there was a place that made you feel like you are standing inside a postcard, then this is surely it.
  • To avoid the crowd it is recommended to visit this area around 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Continue south along the path towards Royal Botanic Gardens


Botanical Garden

Top Left Image by Stuart midgley via Wikipedia, Top Right Image by CamV8 via Wikipedia
Bottom Left Image Sailko by  via Wikipedia, Bottom Right Image by Sardaka via Wikipedia

  • The Gardens are extensive and reward detailed exploration. On fine days, many people relax on the grass with picnic lunches
  • Opening Hours:
    • Royal Botanic Garden:
      • October – 7.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
      • November to February – 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
      • March – 7.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
      • April and September – 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
      • May and August – 7.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
      • June and July – 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
    • The Calyx: Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
    • Sydney Fernery and Succulent Garden (free entry): daily 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. except Christmas Day and Good Friday
    • The Domain: Open 24 hours every day except for special or ticketed events
  • Interested in Self Guided Tours of Royal Botanical Garden? Click here to download the map and related information
  • If you are short on time then do cover 10 top ten as recommended by (downloadable version is available below in Downloads section)
  • Free Volunteer-Guided Walks:
    1. 5 hours walk, starts at 10:30 a.m., 7 days a week, departing from Information Booth outside the Garden Shop
    2. 1 hour walk, starts at 1:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except during the Summer Months, December, January and February




Places of Interest & Walking Route Map
Royal Botanical Garden – Top Ten

Other Sydney Walks
Sydney Town Hall To Hyde Park
St Mary’S Cathedral To The State Library