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Sydney International Boat Show 2017

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, July 15, 2017
The popular Sydney International Boat Show will be back on the 3rd of August 2017, back to a familiar location of the Sydney International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour which just has been renovated to celebrate its 50th Anniversary exhibition!

The exhibition itself begun in 1968 and has grown into the southern hemisphere’s most recognised consumer event, as well as the show with the highest reported sales and business to business activities.

This year, it incorporates the Australia International Dive Expo as a part of the exhibition for the first time. That means one ticket gains you to access two shows under one roof!

Both exhibitions are full of demonstrations indoors & outdoors. There will be lots of vessels on display, plenty of talks by professionals, photo exhibitions, free trials of watersport equipments, and competitions.

                      

DATES: Thursday 3 to Monday 7 August 2017

PLACE/S: Sydney International Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Wharf 

HOURS: Halls from 10:00am to 8:00pm & Marina from 10:00am to 7:00pm

  

Tickets can be purchased online, or at the venue.

For further information please visit its official site.

                    

Vivid Sydney 2017!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, April 30, 2017

From Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June once again Vivid Sydney is back, now as the biggest event of its kind worldwide! 

Better and bigger than ever, the 3D light projections will light up our beautiful city converting it into a magnificent exhibition of creativity. The lights will be on every night from 6pm to 11pm, giving the city an amazing display of colors, as well as holding a festival of local and international music, sculptures, public talks, and debates from leading creative thinkers from around the world.The Royal Botanic Gardens has become a very popular venue hosting large scale displays last year, and you won't be disappointed. The event achieved a new bench mark last year with an attendance of 2.31 million people (up by 35.4% from 1.7 million in 2015). Experience a fabulous winter with lights & colours in Sydney.


To see photos from previous years please visit our Photo Gallery.

For further information, please visit the official site.


Sydney Royal Easter Show 2017

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It is not long for the Easter celebrations to take place,  with Good Friday being on the 18th of April .

On Good Friday all shops will be closed, it is the only day of the year when newspapers are not available.

During Easter we also have the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australia’s largest annual event which attracts close to 900,000 people each year! 

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a national icon which was first held in 1823 to promote and rewards agricultural excellence, celebrates all that is Australian, from our bush heritage to the latest entertainment and technology.

The show runs from the 10th of April for 2 weeks. There will be lots and lots of cattle, horses, sheep, chickens, flowers, vegetables, fruits, pies & jams, cheese & wine, spices & herbs, oysters & prawns, arts & crafts….. The best of the best sourced out from all over the country will be there for you to experience.

Popular entertainment such as pet farm for children, the parade, rodeos, wood-chipping competitions, cattle dog skill challenge, cooking / fishing / tools demonstrations ….. There will be everything for everybody!

P.S. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Will & Kate) will visit the show on the 18th during their Royal visit to Australia!

For further information regarding the Sydney Royal Easter Show please visit its official site.

 

Lovely hand painted glass mobiles in a shop window, Paddington Sydney.

Christmas in Sydney

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Have you ever experienced Christmas in Summer? If you are the lucky one to visit Sydney during Christmas season, why not  go city sightseeing with tthe theme.

Sydney's favourite Christmas trees are;
@ Martin Place, 20m tall! Beautifully decorated with hundreds of LED lights. Touch Pad Kiosk allows you to interact and control coulour settings of the tree decorations. You also can send your own christmas messages up its branches by texting from your mobile! 

@ Queen Victoria Building, 24m tall (Ground floor to 2nd floor), covered with 60,000 lights and 144,000 Swarovski Christal ornaments. Start form the trunk at the ground floor level, then climb all the way up to see the star on the top of the tree! (Do not forget to admire the historical architecture of Queen Victoria Building itself and its artefacts, including Queen Elizabeth the II's letter to the citizens of Sydney as well as the clocks.)

Tall outdoor tree decorations can be found in other locations such as Hyde Park North or Governors House.

@ Pitt Street Mall, in front of Westfield, a NEW Christmas Sleigh appears made entirely with LEGO blocks, using over 10,000 pieces of them!! There are many shining Christmas trees floating in the air all the way through Pitt Street Mall after dark, as part of "Christmas Light Forest" installation, together with digital projections on the buildings.

@ Darling Harbour, a modern tree decorated with lots of lights can be found at the Convention Centre Courtyard. There is a NEW Floating Christmas Tree suspended in the air @ Palm Grove as well! Carols is on everynight at various locations around Darling Harbour, Palm Cove & Cockle Bay throughout December. For the event detail, please refer to the other post titled "Sydney's Christmas in Summer!"

And we should not forget David Jones's window decorations on Elizabeth Street! Each of the six windows on the Elizabeth Street Store are filled with different carols with puppets singing, sharing warm wonderful christmas spirit with all the viewers young and old. (Window display will be on up to the 25 december.) Also do not miss the Magic Cave on the 6th floor in Elizabeth Street Store, to see Santa and the elves working hard preparing the presents for the children. (Open everyday till 24 December). It is a great place to find Chrissy Souvenir as well.

Walking around the City you will find lots of Christmas decorations in a very Australian style, in shops and restaurants. If you visit the suburbs, you can find some magnificently dressed up homes with wonderful luminous decorations brighting up the streets. You might also meet Santa Clause riding his surf board in his summer gear!

It is a great season to go sightseeing!
   

(From L to R) David Jones' window decorations. / It could be the tallest indoor Christmas tree. @QVB / The top of the Christmas tree in QVB. 

Roses in bloom! in Hunter Valley

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, November 05, 2016

Hunter Valley is famous for its wine. Grape vines are growing rapidly in a strong sumer sun at local vineyards, but look around! Beautiful rose bushes are very eye catching too!

Some of our clients in the past have asked us if growing roses is also famous in the region. Well, not as a commercial business but they do act as a health barometer for grapes. Roses are very sensitive plants towards to any slight change of  conditions caused by soil & nutorition balance, weather and humidity, disease, and pests. So having roses nearby and observe them, is a common thing to do in vineyards in order to grow fine grapes.   

At one of the wineries we visit on our tour, they also plant roses to observe the condition as well as for name plates to indicate the varieties of grapes. (e.g. red roses for shiraz vines, pink for cabernet, yellow for semillon, white for chardonnay.   

Year 2016 bottles are appearing already in Hunter Valley. Come and join us in our Hunter Valley Winery tour which is full of variety of local wines and produce, as well as amazing sceneries of vineyards with roses.
Just delicious in taste and delighful for your eyes!  


  

(Image right) The Broken Back Mountains Range at the back.

Jacarandas in bloom!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Jacarandas have arrived!

Jacaranda is a flowering plant in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South America. It is renowned as one of three major flowering trees together with Royal poinciana (Delonix regia) and Flame Tree (a.k.a. African Tulip / Spathodea campanulata).  Our clients from Brazil told us that it is the national flower/tree in their country. (To one of our staff who is from Japan, the tree shape and blossoms reminds her of the Japanese cherry blossoms back home.)

The Jacaranda was introduced to Australia, New Zealand, India, Fiji, and Africa.Here in Sydney, it stars blooming in late October to early November, and gorgeous blossoms can be enjoyed here and there during November to early December.

During November, we include a few secret spots covered with Jacaranda blossoms in our city sights tours. Come and join us to spot beautiful Jacarandas in Sydney!

Please visit our "Gallery" page for more Jacaranda photos. 

       

Images of Jacaranda (L to R): The tree grows up to 30m. / Individual flower looks similar to bell flowers. / Amazing contrast, together with the Illawarra Flame Tree. 

Mango season!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The season for mangoes has arrived, one of our favourite fruits. You can have it fresh, in icecreams & gelatos, smoothies, with different styles of desserts, and even in Yum Cha menu! There are so many ways to enjoy the wonderful flavour. If you happen to come to Sydney, make sure you try them. They will be around all through summer.

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, October 01, 2016

Sculpture by the sea returns to Bondi. It is exhibited along the coastal walk between Bondi & Tamarama, which besides having spectacular views the sculptures make it a very interesting one as well. The walk is about 2 km long, exhibiting over 100 sculptures by Australian as well as international artists. This is one of the world’s largest free events for the public to enjoy.

Dates: From Thursday the 20th of October to Sunday the 6th of November 2016.

For further information please visit the official website.

Copyrights of each sculpture belongs to the artist.

Book Now! Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park Tour

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, September 28, 2016
 

= BOOK NOW! =
Seats available for our Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park Tour in English. Come and join us to meet many newborn baby animals at the wildlife park and clear your lungs with fresh spring air in the mountains!

Date: Thursday 06 October 2016
Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park Tour in ENGLISH (DT1L with Lunch, or DT1 without lunch).

For more information regarding the tour please click on the URL shown below.

http://patricksfriendlytours.com.au/dt1-blue-mountains-wildlife-park-tour.html

Summer Time! Daylight Saving approaches

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, September 24, 2016

Once again the time to forward the clock in Sydney and the state of New South Wales is approaching. On Sunday the 1st of October at 2:00am the clock will be forwarded by one hour, so please don't forget to adjust yours! And we shall enjoy the longer daytime during summer in Sydney.