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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  • The walk to the chair was loverly, very scenic and some great views. Arriving just before a bus load of rude pushy tourists who seemed to think they could take over ruined our photo opportunity. Best ...  more »
  • No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to Mrs Mcquarie's Chair. Overlooking the most amazing harbour anywhere in the world the is a must. Easy walking, perfect views, it is just beautiful  more »
  • Great place to see after you walk along the water and through the gardens by the Opera House. Perfect stroll with your family or loved one. Try and catch it on a beautiful sunny day.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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