Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Sydney

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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 spot is definitely worth a visit; some lovely harbour views. Plenty of history at the chair, and plenty of tourists at times as well. It’s a nice stroll to the point from the Opera House. I... 
    This spot is definitely worth a visit; some lovely harbour views. Plenty of history at the chair, and plenty of tourists at times as well. It’s a nice stroll to the point from the Opera House. I...  more »
  • The chair is a bench carved out of the sandstone in the 1800’s. It was her favourite spot to look out upon the harbour. Now part of the Botanic Gardens, it still provides an attraction to tourists... 
    The chair is a bench carved out of the sandstone in the 1800’s. It was her favourite spot to look out upon the harbour. Now part of the Botanic Gardens, it still provides an attraction to tourists...  more »
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  • Was an okay place. Save your money and go to Bradley park for NYE, the spots weren’t good, they were moving people from the rocks all day and then after 8pm stopped so people ended up with a better spot and blocking the view. They also had the rule to someone was not allowed to leave once they came into the park which I found to be a bad rule, as we showed up early just to check the area and found out we could not leave. They did not have much food choices (just 3 trucks) No kids activities. When advertised online it gave the impression of a sort of street van festival with NYE fireworks. If you were to come to the area as a normal it’s beautiful and clean.
  • Lovely little spot with a beautiful view. Managed to visit this on my morning run. Braving the cold was worth it! Go check out the history of New South Wales, the Governor, and his wife to appreciate this a bit better. :)

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