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Best Walks: Opera House to Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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by Caity Pfohl (subscribe)
A travel junkie who loves to write, Caity Pfohl comes from central New York state and recently finished making her way around Australia on a one-year Work and Holiday visa. Read more about her travels here: caitypfohl.com
Published June 11th 2014
These views were made for walking
If you love enjoying the beauty of the Opera House but are searching for a good place to see it from a whole new perspective, this is the walk for you.

Start by fueling up for your trek at the scenic Opera Bar. It's one of the most picturesque spots in the city with views of the historic Rocks neighborhood, the Harbour Bridge, the city skyline and even the ever-smiling and iconic face entrance of Luna Park across the river.

Opera Bar, Opera House
The crowd enjoys the sun at Opera Bar

When you're ready to get going, this easy walk will take you along the periphery of the city's Royal Botanic Gardens. Be sure to stop from time to time to enjoy the beautifully framed view of the city's skyline, complete with the distinct Sydney Tower.

Sydney Tower, skyline, CBD
Enjoy stunning views of Sydney's skyline

When you reach Mrs Macquarie's Chair, you'll be treated to a view over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge that is nothing short of postcard-worthy. If it fits into your schedule, try to time this walk in the late afternoon. The nearly setting sun casts a warm glow across the water and the Opera House appears in impressive silhouette.

Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Opera House, Harbour Bridge
A view to write home about

On your way back, head directly through the Royal Botanic Gardens instead of along the edge in order to enjoy the vast multitude of interesting flowers, trees, fountains and more.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Opera House
The Opera House as seen from inside the Royal Botanic Gardens

Check out the trail on this map, which also showcases a few other suggested routes through the Royal Botanic Gardens.

What do you think the best place is to catch a great view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge? Leave your vote in the comment section below.
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Why? To stretch those legs
When: Whenever!
Where: Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free
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