Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Sydney

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Good walk around Sydney, one of the more scenic routes you can do near the swimming pool and the art gallery  more »
  • For some obscure reason this historic marker draws in the crowds, for the inevitable group or family snap of everyone sitting on a historic bench (or ‘chair’) carved out of sandstone. The bench was.....  more »
  • What better way to spend a summer day in Sydney than walking around the Harbour - from Woolloomooloo to Barangaroo. First stop Mrs Macquarie Chair where you get a panoramic view of the Harbour.  more »
  • This is place is stunning, perfect view of the City, specially the Sydney opera and the famous harbour bridge. very clean park. You can bring all your family, kids, a must visit place in Sydney. They have museums, the famous outdoor cinema, outdoor lap swimming pool. Nice restaurants and a lot more. It’s also located at the heart of the city. Very accessible to public transportation.
  • Indeed a great story, and a favorite visiting site. You can sit in the sandstone chair and see Sidney harbor. Favorite spot for weddings and parties. A good spot for harbor fireworks. Parking is limited at popular times. Great photo spots.
  • Stellar view of the harbor including both the bridge and the opera house. It’s always a nice time at the park to bring a picnic or just walk through. It is usually locked and closed during the night, except for special occasions. Obviously NYE was awesome but you’d have to go early for 9:30am to even get into that location. I also was just there for the open air cinema and the experience was so beautiful it was unreal!
  • Must visit part of Sydney and one of the best views. Sydney wouldn't be as beautiful without it and the Botanical gardens. The Open Air Cinema and Theatre are incredible events each year well worth booking into. Also Vivid is simply stunning. Love Sydney!
  • Lovely views over the bay. Visited by many coach parties so gets busy. Maybe go at the start or end of the day for a quieter experience. Easy walking route to it via the botanical gardens makes for a lovely walk.

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