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The harbor city where beaches and urban chic live side-by-side

On the east coast of Australia, Sydney is (just barely) the nation’s most populated city. At its heart is a stunning harbor which winds throughout the edge, eventually breaking free into the Tasman Sea at the natural gateway between North Head and South Head. Today’s Emerald City is defined by the waves of immigration that have transformed the once British colony into a thrilling multicultural melting pot.

Mrs. MacQuarie's ChairGraeme Churchard / CC BY 2.0

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Stop number 5 on the Sydney Explorer route

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Stop number 5 on the Sydney Explorer route Editors' Note

The best view in all of Sydney is from Mrs Macquairie’s Chair. Governor Lachlan Macquarie had this historic chair carved out of a rock ledge for his wife, who enjoyed visiting the area to take in the panoramic view of Sydney Harbour. 150 years later people are still stopping to enjoy the view.

From Circular Quay, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is an easy 20 minute walk. And on the way you’ll pass a number of worthy sights to see including the Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Or drive to the end of Mrs Macquarie’s Road, past the Art Gallery where metered parking is available. Admission to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is free.

Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Mrs Macquarie's Road, NSW, 2000 Sydney
61 02 9255 1788