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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Mrs Macquarie's Chair Reviews
A very nice place to take a stroll. Very impressive views of the beautiful Sydney Harbour. There is also a very interesting historic element to this area. As described by the name. more »
This is undoubtedly one of the best places to take photos of the harbor bridge and opera house...it has an access from inside the botanical garden which I discovered by accident when strolling thru th... more »
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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