Mrs Macquarie's Chair, otherwise known as Lady Macquarie's Chair, provides one of the best vantage points in Sydney. The historic chair was carved out of a rock ledge for Governor Lachlan Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth, as she was known to visit the area and sit enjoying the panoramic views of the harbour.
Mrs Macquarie's Point, directly east of the Opera House on the eastern edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, provides excellent views west across the harbour to the Bridge and the Mountains in the far distance. Looking north and east you can see Kirribilli House, Pinchgut Island and the Navy dockyards at Wooloomooloo. The views from Mrs Macquarie's Chair are still enjoyed today, over 150 years later, by hundreds of Sydney siders and tourists each day.
Admission to Mrs Macquarie's Chair is free.
Mrs Macquarie's Chair is stop number 5 on the Sydney Explorer route. Circular Quay is the nearest stop for trains and ferries. Buses stop at the Art Gallery which is an easy 15 minute walk away. From Circular Quay, Mrs Macquarie's Chair is an easy 20 minute walk past the Opera House and along the foreshore walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens. You can also drive past the Art Gallery to the end of Mrs Macquarie's Road. There is some parking available along the road but be sure to have some change in your pocket for the metre.