Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Sydney

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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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  • I first saw Mrs Macquarie's Chair many years ago when I first went to Sydney by myself. Major-General Lachlan Macquarie was Governor of New South Wales from 1810-21. Macquarie liked buildings, he has....  more »
  • From circular quay lovely walk past the opera house around the cove past the botanical gardens to the rock chair. Visit the gardens as well while you are here. Plenty of places to sit or lay on the.....  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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