The Sydney Quiz…

Manly Beach
Manly Beach

I was flicking through old blog posts the other day looking for inspiration and found this one I’d originally written after Angela Savage posted a (melbourne) quiz on her blog. It was a sort of a homage to the quiz that appeared in the glossy mag that used to come monthly in The Age (and Sydney Morning Herald).

Anyways, it got me thinking that, given I’m about to leave this sequinned city, the time could be right to update and tweak it a tad.

Here goes…

Best thing about Sydney?

The harbour on a clear blue day in early Spring. It truly is bluer than any harbour has the right to be and makes you compare it to things like sequins and diamonds and other sparkly things. Oh, and the Manly Ferry- I can’t separate the two. Oh, how I love the ferries.


Worst thing?

The traffic. Seriously. I spend 3 hours on a day in a bus getting in and out of the city. Enough said. Oh, and the tolls.

Best coffee?

Hmmm a tough one.. I get my morning coffee from a hole in the wall just outside the Met Centre in Margaret St where the barista is just a tad too upbeat. ‘Rock on dude.’ Yes, he really says that. And ‘Party on.’ He says that too. Before 8am.

Best night out recently? 

We’re more lunch people- it’s better for instagramming the food. When we do go out it’s to the local club (Galston Club or Castle Hill RSL) or or favourite Thai (Full Moon in Castle Hill).

We rarely go into the city at night these days- too old and too over the parking (such a grouch). I really want to try Longchim before we leave though – and go back to the Malaya (at King St Wharf). We love The Malaya.

Best place for lunch?

Locally, I love Meze Me at Kenthurst, Wolfe & Co in Dural, and Wild Pear (also in Dural) – although you can never get a table. Other than that? The Opera Bar. I’ve invested heavily in there over the years.

Who do you barrack for?

St Kilda. Oooops, this is a Sydney post. Pushed for an NRL team, it’s a toss up between Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm- sort of says it all, really. As a kid I was mad for Canterbury Bulldogs- I had a flag and everything… but that was before Coffs Harbour.

Where do you live?

In the Hills district- in the north western suburbs. It’s quite conservative, quite yummy mummy, beautifully leafy and it takes pretty much an hour to drive anywhere from here.

Which Sydneysider would you most like to sit next to on a train? 

The trains don’t come out here…yet. Re the buses? As long as they’re wearing their deodorant, I don’t care. Besides, most of the time I’m standing so the question doesn’t matter.

Breakfast radio? 

Commercial radio annoys me, so for the morning commute, I rely on my own music and podcasts. In the afternoons I like Richard Glover – when the cricket isn’t on (ABC).

Bondi or Manly? 

Bondi Beach- taken from the Lifeguards station
Bondi Beach- taken from the Lifeguards station

You can’t get a car park at either. For the beach, coffee and people watching, I’d go with Bondi, but Manly for the ferry and the fun.

Manly Beach
Manly Beach

What is Sydney’s most under-rated suburb?

If the question relates to real estate values, I have no idea- which is such so not a Sydney thing to say…. Sydney is obsessed by real estate.

Hidden gems?


Cockatoo Island. It’s a photographer’s delight, has heaps of places for kids to run around and explore, and there’s a ferry ride involved.


When it comes to “hidden” beaches, Nielsen Park is a good one; and as for places to eat that not many other people know about? Cottage Point Kiosk fits that bill. I’ve written about it here and here.


Fort Denison is another destination lunch spot – in the middle of the harbour.


Best walk?


Bondi to Coogee – hands down. You must do it.


What sound reminds you of Sydney?

The cockatoo. We have squadrons of them squawking through each morning. I adore their cheeky confidence.

Best time of the year?

When the jacarandas are out, of course! Autumn is also lovely here – there’s not a lot of autumn colour, but the days are almost perfect.


What every Sydneysider should do at least once?

Enter the City to Surf – even if it’s just to walk it. The same goes for the Blackmore’s 5km or 10km in September – you get to run (or walk) across the main apron of the Bridge.

Sydney in three words? 

World’s best harbour.

What about you? How would you answer the (insert your town here) quiz? feel free to change the questions about and pop your link in the comments. For more ideas of things to do and places to eat in Sydney, check out my category Sydney Weekender

Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s Life This Week linky


Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

20 thoughts

  1. Melbourne Storm!?! Nooooo! hehehe, sorry, it’s an involuntary reaction. This post made me so homesick! Thank you 😉

  2. Haha I would also dislike a barista that is SO CHEERY that early. Though I’d also be tempted to ask him how many coffees he has had to be that cheery. I adore the Chinese gardens in Sydney. Such a lovely pocked of quiet in the hustle.

  3. Did this make you sad about leaving Sydney? I think I’ve always thought of you living outside of Sydney rather than on the outskirts… but guess in most cities people tend to think of themselves living in a ‘suburb’ or area rather than the city itself.

    I SO don’t miss city living!

  4. Well, I can sense the nostalgia already creeping in to your post..and I recall doing ones like it (not the quiz) but pics and memories of MY former city too. You already know I lived in 3 different places in the broadly termed Norwest of Sydney from 1978 -2015 so I am familiar with much of what you wrote about. I went to Wild Pear last year with my DIL & 2 little ones for morning tea. There ARE so many eateries around the Hills now aren’t there? However, I do not miss the traffic at all. NOPE. never. I am a little saddened about missing seeing some parts of Sydney change such as Barangaroo but not enough to drive back down. Thanks for joining in #lifethisweek2/52 Denyse

    1. The funny thing is, I’m really excited about exploring a new place, but will definitely be posting a lot of favourite places over the next few weeks.

  5. It is a beautiful city but I don’t miss doing the commute from the burbs. Good luck with your new place, where ever it may be x

  6. It is a beautiful city but I don’t miss doing the commute from the burbs. Good luck with your new place, where ever it may be x

  7. Nicely done, Jo. And you have to put that barista in a story sometime, though if I were writing it, he’d end up a murder victim, with annoying banter like that 😉

    1. Yep, there’s definitely been mornings like that! My coffee buddy shakes his head & says ‘dude, I’m 50 & its early- I’m not rocking anywhere…’

  8. We visited Sydney with the kids a couple of years ago and had a wonderful time. It’s such a beautiful city, the harbour is magnificent. Could I live there? No way, give me the sticks any day, but a happy visitor for sure.

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