Mrs Macquarie was the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. She frequently visited the parklands around Sydney Harbour where she enjoyed watching the ships sail in and out.
This is where Mrs Macquarie's Chair is now located. Its vantage point focuses towards Fort Denison, an island-like construction built to protect Sydney from harbour invasions. You can also see Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House
from this popular spot. Mrs Macquarie's Chair is not just any chair; it is a hand-carved construction from natural sandstone rock in the shape of a large chair. Convicts helped carve out the chair in 1810, and results are undoubtedly impressive.
The ledge shaped platform, staircase and elegant rock features all add to the beauty of this headland furniture. Although it is not proven, it is expected that Mrs Macquarie did in fact use the chair while she watched the ships on the harbour.
Located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can visit the chair while wandering and picnicking in the gardens. On national holidays, especially Australia Day, Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the surrounding Botanic Gardens becomes crowded with people enjoying the local festivities and wanting to watch the tall ship re-enactments on Sydney's Harbour. Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW, 2000.