Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Sydney

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While visiting Sydney Harbour, swing by Mrs Macquarie's Chair for a picture-postcard view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. To get a good spot, you may have to compete with numerous wedding couples, who prefer this exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench to almost any other location in the city for their official wedding photographs. Convicts hand-carved the rock back in 1810, at the request of Governor Macquarie's wife (hence the name). Lore has it that she used to sit on the rock and watch for ships from Great Britain, enjoying the panoramic view of the harbor for hours on end. Two centuries later, you can do the same. Put Mrs Macquarie's Chair on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sydney online attractions planner .
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  • An interesting history in its own right but also a great place to get good views on the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, especially at sunset.  more »
  • I took the route via the royal botanic gardens to get to Mrs macquarie’s chair which took about a 20-30 Min walk (try this without the blazing afternoon sun and it’d be quite nice). The view was OK, I...  more »
  • Mrs Macquaries point is located within the royal botanical gardens.. My favorite part of it was the view point ---- The opera house in front of the harbour bridge.... This view is definitely instagram...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot for a view of the harbour, Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the city. Also connected to the botanical gardens so a great way to spend half a day walking from Circular Quay to this part of the park. Just missed a 5-Star rating because of the parking cost if you drive.. very pricey and would recommend you take public transport to Circular Quay instead.
  • You’ll need to go to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to really appreciate the beauty of SYDNEY. Admission is free. Located on the east side of the botanic garden, this place is a perfect spot for tourists to take selfies. For locals, it’s a good place to reflect how lucky we are to have such a magnificent harbour.
  • I loved the views of the bridge, opera house and the city, perhaps the only place where you can get all three landmarks in one camera frame. The chair is a historical landmark and faces another direction (towards the opposite side in some ways as the opera house and other landmarks didn't exist when the chair was made) ... it's hefty on parking and hence didn't deserve 5 stars. And look out for times when there aren't a lot of tourists
  • This is the perfect place to take a picture of the Sydney icons (The Opera house and the Harbour bridge). It gets pretty crowded at times but if you go there at night noone is usually there and it's a beautiful place to have some quite time.
  • Highly recommend coming here for the view, quietness and location. You can see the opera house and bridge from here. Can walk into the city, room for your caravan to park also, but you have to pay for parking. There is a lot of it so should be ok. Best views are up high and down by the water
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