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 chair itself is made of carved stone and has historical significance. I mainly came here, not for the chair, but for some of the best views/photo ops in all of Sydney. At this location, both Sydne...  more »
  • A bit on the side so there is no direct view to the opera house and the bridge, but still very nice and quiet location  more »
  • When: Sunday March 4 2018 Why: Traveling to Sydney for business and had a free day Pros: The views are amazing. We walked to this location from the opera house area. A flat walk. We were able to walk ...  more »
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  • The benefit of working in the Sydney CBD near Circular Quay is being able to view this iconic landmark each day when you take a walk at lunch time. The chair itself is not much, but the surrounding area, the walkway along the harbour foreshore and the Botanical gardens are breathtaking. It's a great way to spend your lunch break and you never tire of these beautiful views.
  • Mrs Macquarie's Point is near Mrs Macquaries Chair. It is a good viewpoint of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from a far distance. The icons were well lighted at night. I went to Sydney for the new year countdown. It was one of the best spots to view fireworks but it is advisable to get up early as the queue for entry is very very long. The entrance is free. We queue since 9.00am but only managed to enter the view point at 3.00pm and the good spots were all taken by other people.
  • The chair is not very impressive. It’s simply a rock/cement chair perched against a stone wall. And it was swarming with tourists. So instead I climbed up the set of stairs to enjoy the view from above. The journey to find the chair however was well worth it with incredible views of the bridge and opera house and an adventure through the botanical gardens. Bring your camera!
  • The location itself was not that interesting for me. I do understand the history behind it but the chair is not very impressive. However the real reason to go there is for the views around. You can have a great view on both the Opera and the Bridge at the same time. There are not many places you can have that on land. Time yourself with the sun for the best light and best pictures!
  • Not the most easily accessible spot in the garden. It takes a bit of walk to get there. But the view was HUGE. Light and shadow play intricately on the iconic opera house with time of day and season. Sunrise and sunset are best.

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