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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  • This chair is like several big steps along the walking path with a great view of the Harbor. The long or short way it's a must see site if your heading around the waterside walking path.  more »
  • Because that is where the Opera House and Harbour Bridge taken together can be visited. Were I can with Opera House views this Chair had been mistaken, but was on the other side. I was able to see warships, such as the direction of the Chair. Had a hard time to take pictures of the Chair so it is visited in the morning group.
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  • The chair itself is a bit underwhelming but the walk leading to it and the views from it make it more than worth your time!  more »
  • This is a part of Royal Botanical Park and has access from various points from main road as well as walking on foot around the bay. Mostly tourists walk from Opera House adjoining gate of garden and stroll along sea shore to reach bat point which is about 500 meters. This place has its history which is well known and I need not comment afresh. This has its one unique famous location that the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge pair gives it's best pose. Hundreds of tourists and local nature lovers, camera lovers and romantic love birds reach here in eve to have the best of beauty of Sea, sea water, bay, Opera House, Sydney Bridge which chande to magical reflections as dusk approach and melt to dark night. Every second colours change, lights start lighting up, steamers switch on lights, Opera House and bridge start glowing and the reflection in water twinkling gives a trans on onlooker who just silently and speechlessly watch for hours clicking cameras, romancing in hand held postures. Its looks as if queen of night has personified at this spot. Otherwise it is a barren rock, cut on it a sitting bench seat which has itself no beauty but no doubt a grand history and heritage.
  • The iconic Sydney Opera House with Sydney Harbour Bridge in backdrop. My main motive to come here was to see them in a single frame. What I find was that this point is actually a nice place for family to be together. Lovely parks surrounding it with a botanical garden and the scenic view. A must visit.
  • Fantastic views of t harbour, t Harbour Bridge & the Opera House. Good views across the water, the naval base & see ferries to/from Manley & you might see huge cruise-liners too. Enjoy a walk around Mrs Macquarie's Chair & the Royal Botanical Gardens. 08.01.2018
  • A really good place for a picnic. You have a great view of the Sydney opera house and the Harbour bridge. Parking is there but usually full for the most part. There is a cafe if you need anything but it'll most likely be overpriced and I suggest bringing stuff from home or on the way
  • Even I am here alone, I don't feel lonely. A good place to stay and there's a cool garden just nearby. Good for taking photos and chill. Highly recommend !😊

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