Sydney Expat Interview Series: Part 2 – The Most Memorable Sydney Day

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This is the second in an eighteen part interview series with expats living in Sydney. Each month, I am sharing their responses to a different question. Part 1 was about Expectations vs Reality. This month, I asked the expats to tell me about their most memorable day in Sydney.  I hope you enjoy their responses, and again, please visit the other great bloggers linked here once you’ve read this post (and commented, shared it, and liked Between Roots and Wing’s Facebook page, of course!!).



QUESTION 2: Tell me about your best or most memorable Sydney day (i.e. – a day you look back on and think, “that could only have happened in Sydney”).

Name: Erin
Country of origin: Texas, USA
Lived in Sydney: 6 ½ years
Erin blogs at TexErin-in-SydneyLand

So many memorable days to choose from that feel like they could only happen in Sydney, but I’ll share a story that involved another expat girlfriend of mine. We agreed to meet in North Sydney on a Saturday afternoon and walked down to Kirribilli. We went to the deli and bought some cheese, salami, crackers, and olives. We stopped at BWS and got some wine. We walked the short distance to Bradfield park, found a spot in the cool grass, under the bright Sydney sun. We were under the Harbour Bridge, watching boats and ferries on the Harbour with the Opera House in our sights. There were families and lovers, pets and kids, people reading and people exercising, and it was a perfect Sydney day.

Photo of Bradfield Park day by Erin

Photo of Bradfield Park day by Erin

Name: Shane
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 1 year
Shane blogs at Sea Salt Secrets

Back in October, after a few months in  Australia, I was invited to a Cider Festival in Watson’s Bay on a Sunday afternoon. Silly me got all excited for hayrides, bobbing for apples and doing autumn oriented activities (Not realizing at the time this was spring). Imagine my surprise when I turn up to an entire festival revolving around hard ciders. Who knew it was such a big thing here! Needless to say, by the end of the day I was bobbing for apples in a different state than anticipated.

Name: Victoria
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 5 years
Victoria blogs at The Freedom Travellers

I think it would have to be only a few weeks ago when there was a torrential storm rolling through Sydney. The rain didn’t stop for literally a week! When it rains in Sydney life grinds to a halt. Public transport doesn’t run properly, everywhere gets flooded and generally people lock themselves in their houses until it stops. Always makes me laugh as nobody would get anything done with that attitude in the UK! Only in Sydney!

Name: Nom de geurre – “Bushranger”
Country of origin: Serbia
Lived in Sydney: 6.5yrs

Probably Carols in the Domain for Christmas (Chrissie) – thousands of people holding candles and slightly imbibed (alcohol is allowed) singing carols at dusk in unison and perfect harmony.

carols in the domain

Carols in the Domain

Name: Julia
Country of origin: UK
Lived in Sydney: Nearly 6 years

There was a free event at the Domain – Grace Jones was one of the acts playing – it was a lovely warm summers night and it was such a relaxed and friendly vibe – all different age groups from kids to pensioners were out enjoying this free event – it was fantastic – I remember looking round thinking – I live in this city – this is amazing!!

Name: Caitlin
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 7 months
Caitlin blogs at Where’s Wallis

Anzac Day this year:  A 5a.m. wake up to head to dawn service at North Bondi RSL, followed by a cycle around Centennial in the sunshine, followed by some 2-Up antics at the Woollahra rooftop terrace before finally sheltering from a huge, sudden hail storm down at Bangkok Bites in Bondi.


Name: Ashley
Country of origin: United States
Lived in Sydney: Almost 2 years (in Newcastle)
Visit Ashley on Instagram

One of my favourite days in Sydney has to be when we did a “tour” of the Eastern Suburbs followed by the closing night of Vivid. We started the day in Bondi. Played on the beach a little then had lunch at The Bucket List. Expensive dining, delicious food, buzzing atmosphere! We then drove East through Bondi and found a random park up on a hill. Little did I know that this park had THE most stunning view of the harbour. Just wow. There is a playground and bike track for kids and also exercise equipment for adults. It’s a must see! I think it’s in Dover Heights. This was followed by a stop at Watson’s Bay to walk along the cliffs and play at the playground. We continued on for a drive to Mosman where we played at the playground and spent a ridiculous amount of money for public parking! We then drove through the stunning Bellevue Hill, then checked out Vivid. Amazing day!


Name: Dido
Country of origin: India
Lived in Sydney: 1.5 years

I have got a couple, but the best one was the Vivid tour of 2015 – took a ferry from Milsons point to Circular Quey and back to Darling Harbour – watched the fireworks and shared a laugh over the harbour and a couple of beers. Can happen anywhere in the world but Vivid stands out in Sydney.

Name: Melissa
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 5 months
Melissa blogs at Leche Love

Going to Vivid. It was so busy, but really cool to see all the light displays around the harbor and in the CBD.

Vivid 2015

Name: Kirstie
Country of origin: United States
Lived in Sydney: Since September 2013
Kirstie blogs at Venga Vale Vamos

I celebrated my first “Australiversary” (a year after I arrived) last September. We started by stopping by the Malaysian festival in Darling Harbour for some delicious eats, and then we headed over to Millers Point for a barbecue overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Unfortunately, the park’s barbecues were out of order, so we hopped on a bus for Hyde Park, where we spent the evening playing cricket and eating “snags” (sausages) and pavlova as the sun went down.

Name: Rachel
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 3 years, 3 months

One of my most memorable days in Sydney that immediately springs to mind would have to be the Royal visit of William and Kate in April 2014, and on the Good Friday they visited Manly. The locals turned out in force and I joined approximately 12,000 others on the beach to catch a glimpse of the Prince and Princess. It was surreal and certainly memorable to see them greeting the well wishers and waving to the crowds.

Tell us your most memorable Sydney day in the comments!

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