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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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  • It is a bit of a treck by foot but when you look at the views across the harbour you know it was worth it. Sit under the shade of the trees, relax and enjoy for a while.  more »
  • I understand that Australians have no history or particularly ancient monuments to visit, then the Chair of the Governor's wife becomes "national attraction". I imagined some kind of monument. A piece of Rock excavated also OK with the shape of a bench/Chair. You may very well not to see.
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  • When Mrs Macquarie used to grace this location she could never have imagined how his city would evolve and how the city would transform. The view is spectacular as you take in the Sydney Opera House, ...  more »
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  • If someone likes to see the new years fire works up close, this is the place to go to. But mind you there will be millions there that night. Other days, this is a scenic, iconic place of Sydney. Very pleasant walk that curves its way to the Opera house or the city north. If visiting Sydney, worth a few hours of your time for an easy walk.
  • An awesome spot to capture both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge for photographers, or just for sight seeing, and enjoying watching the sunset behind these two icons in Sydney. I'm glad I had my waterproof boots and pants on while taking photos on the rocks... I got caught out by a couple of waves... All fun though.
  • Stunning world class views across Farm Cove to Sydney Opera House and the equally famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Multiple viewing spots. Metered parking is expensive. No toilet. Small kiosk selling hot food.
  • Really nice place.. with numerous spots to photograph australian icons and a day out with family and friends. On a sunny day I can't think of going anywhere else in the city.
  • This is a great spot for sunsets and a view of the bridge, Opera house and city. There is usually good parking and you should stroll around the botanical gardens as well