Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Sydney

4.3
#1 of 19 in Nature in Sydney
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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  • It took us a while to reach here but was worth the walk via the beautiful botanical garden! Stunning visuals of the harbor bridge and the opera house!!! Bathrooms on the lowest level were clearly mark...  more »
  • It's worth the walk through the botanic garden to get to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. The chair carved into the rock is pretty cool; the writing is a little hard to make out since its very old. The views f...  more »
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  • 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.
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