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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. By using our Sydney tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair and other attractions in Sydney.
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  • I walked through the royal botanic gardens to this and then had the walk along the river back towards the opera house which was a great way to do it. Lots of great views and photo opportunities.  more »
  • nearest station is circular quay. it is just beside sydney opera house. the 10-15 mins walk from the entrance to the Mrs Macquarie's Chair is a nice one. with the view of sydney opera house, it is a d...  more »
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  • Provides great view of opera house and harbour bridge for the must have photo. A small kiosk if you wish to grab some food and a drink. One of the better views of the sydney harbour!
  • A place craved for the governor wife to sit and enjoy the views. A little out of the way but worth the effort. The temperature is cooler here than in the park.
  • Best spot for all the amazing views that Sydney has to offer. Walk through the royal botanical gardens took me back in time. Must visit if you happen to be in Sydney.
  • If you have friend visiting take them on a walk from Woolloomooloo bay to Macquarie's Chair and watch their jaw drop as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge come in sight. Stunning!
  • Just a chair. You can skip this place. Although this place has a nice cool breeze in autumn.

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