The Domain

The Domain, Tourism Australia

Separated from the Botanic Gardens by the Cahill Expressway, the Domain falls into two distinct parts. South of the expressway, it’s a wide green park where soapbox orators and an attendant crowd of hecklers once gathered each Sunday to debate the issues of the day.

Now a place where office workers come to soak up the sun and play some lunchtime soccer, this area comes into its own in January when it hosts popular jazz, opera and symphony concerts.

North of the Cahill, the rest of the Domain runs along the promontory to Mrs Macquaries Chair, a bench that was carved out of the sandstone bluff specifically so that Elizabeth Macquarie could sit in comfort as she watched for ships arriving from England with longed-for letters from home.

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