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Key Info

Mrs Macquaries Road

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.2

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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

In 1810, Governor Lachlan Macquarie commissioned a bench for his wife, and the city's convicts obliged him by carving Mrs. Macquarie's Chair out of a sandstone rock overlooking Sydney Harbour. To this day, the landmark remains a top attraction thanks to its location, which provides picture-perfect views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge within a single frame.

It's not surprising, then, that visitors rave about the photo-ops here. Although it can get crowded at times, many say it's well worth the visit, especially for special events like the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks show and the Australia Day Harbour Parade. Several also recommend arriving in the morning to get the best lighting for your photos.

You'll find Mrs. Macquarie's Chair just north of the Royal Botanic Garden. You can even follow a path from the Botanic Garden called Mrs. Macquarie's Bushland Walk, which leads you to the chair. This free attraction doesn't offer additional facilities like restrooms, a parking lot or on-site dining, but the surrounding area has various eateries and street parking options available. The No. 441 bus brings travelers within walking distance while three train stations – Circular Quay, Martin Place and St James – sit about a mile away.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands next to the Opera House as one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Lovingly called the "Coathanger" by locals, this towering structure is one of the world's largest steel arch bridges. And while you can capture stunning pictures of the bridge from one of Sydney Harbour's ferry boats, for an unforgettable experience, sign up for a bridge climb through BridgeClimb Sydney. Ranging from nearly two to nearly four hours in length, the bridge climb provides visitors with panoramic views of the Harbour, the Sydney skyline and the Opera House.

Although some former visitors complained of the high price tags, many said the bridge climbs are the best way to experience this iconic attraction, calling it a must-do experience. While climbs are offered throughout the day every day, travelers recommend scheduling a climb at twilight, which will give you three different views – daylight, sunset and nighttime – in one. If you're afraid of heights, reviewers still suggest you consider the experience as the staff is well-trained to help you overcome your anxieties.

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