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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  • August 16, 2017
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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 15, 2017
    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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  • August 26, 2017
    Worth the walk, particularly because this is absolutely the best place to see the Opera House & Harbour Bridge. On a clear day, get there for sunset, it's stunning. Of all the places we went on a 3 week / 4 city trip to Australia this was by far the most memorable.
  • September 6, 2017
    Beautiful views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, fascinating area rich with convict/colonial era Australian History. Mrs. Macquarie's chair is nice to sit on, and was carved out of the sandstone outcrop by convicts over 200 years ago.
  • September 19, 2017
    A little bit anticlimactic. Bus loads of tours come here and many tourists walk here. It's also probably a pretty important historical landmark for the city, but the "seat" itself is nothing crazy or impressive.
  • August 9, 2017
    It's a great place to view and take photograph of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House together. You can easily get the parking around. It has a pleasant walking trail and botanic garden.
  • August 29, 2017
    This is a lovely piece of Sydney history and provides a lovely view of the water below. And if you are lucky you can sometimes get a glimpse of the Navy warboats that are tied up down below for those whose interest lies in that direction. And last but not least its not far from the location of the world famous Harry's Cafe de wheels.

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