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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  • We had a lovely 20 minute walk from the Opera house to Mrs Macquaries chair through the botanical gardens. We saw lots of fantastic wildlife and various tropical plants during our walk. The photo oppo...  more »
  • It was a great big rock Chair. I was sitting, I take pictures, who looks very small.
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  • Lovely spot to sit and enjoy the view of the Skyline and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can go also to the botanical garden which is next to Mrs Macquarie's Chair or have a walk through the park. During NYE it gets pretty busy, some of them are camping there on the night before NYE to save the best spot.
  • Great horn on the seaside of iconic Sydney Harbour bridge and Sydney Opera house. Rocks underneath but very green and well maintained garden. Favourite place and vantage point for excellent shots of the harbour and the icons!

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