Sydney Travel Blog: Part 5 | Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour + Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip
After completing The Rock tour, my tour bus started to pass through some of Sydney’s highlights. Points of interest were St. Mary’s Cathedral, Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and so on.
I took some pictures and videos from the bus, but the bus was in motion, which made it challenging to take shots.
The next stopover would be Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, also known as Lady Macquarie’s Chair. This is a hand-carved bench made out of rock by convicts in 1810. This place is like a park (near the Botanical Gardens) overlooking Sydney Harbour and this is a point where you have a clear view of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge together.
Tourists are always flocking here to get a picture perfect, iconic view of Australia and Sydney. I took some great shots and videos here, although I had to sometimes maneuver to get to the edges of the cliff and sometimes climb a little uphill. But in the end, I was able to capture what I was looking for.
The reason this place is called Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is because Mrs Macquarie was the wife of New South Wales Governor Major-General Lachlan Macquarie and she used to come here and sit on the rock to watch ships coming from Great Britain.
Although it was a hot day, it felt cooler and nice by the ocean and I felt like staying there all day relaxing. Soon enough, my time was up and I had to return to the tour bus. We will be heading towards the famous Bondi Beach.