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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

Sydney Art & About 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The city of Sydney becomes a giant art gallery for public!

A great scale public art event organized by the City of Sydney called "Art & About" is coming back to town. There will be lots of interesting outdoor installations in and around the City, various exhibitionis and workshops will be held in numerous locations for three weeks.

Enjoy a day out spotting something different that appear in street corners and on building or trees, or walk through lines of photos showcasing Australian everyday life hung among spring blossoms! It is an exhibition for everybody. Have a walk around town and see how many you can spot.

The free program is available in some locations.

DATES: From Thursday 15-September to Sunday 9-October 2016.

VENUES: Various places in Hyde Park & Sydney CBD.

FEE: Free event (It may vary for certain events and workshops.)

OFFICIAL WEB: www.artandabout.com.au

 

(Left to right) "Snailovation" by The Cracking Art Group from 2012 event. Copyrights of the artwork belong to the artist/s.


Leura Garden Festival 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, September 03, 2016

Leura village prepares itself for the 2016 Garden Festival. On its 52nd year it promises to be as exciting as ever with 12 private gardens opening to the public, plus the well known “Everglades” a large National Trust property. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see a great variety of the very best the region has to offer, as well as the chance to interact and get some ideas with some of the garden owners, who may be present during the Festival.

Entry fees will be $25 p.p for a multiple entry ticket to all the gardens, and $5p.p for a single garden entry ticket.

The Festival will be held from Saturday the 1st of October to Sunday the 9th of October. The gardens will open from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily.

For further information, please visit the official website.

 

   

 

Sydney City2Surf 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, July 31, 2016

On its 46th year the world's largest run, the popular Sydney’s City2Surf is only 2 weeks away. This is a charity event that begun in 1971, becoming Sydney’s favourite sporting event, as well as attracting participants from all over the world including elite athletes.

The run is a 14km race that starts from Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD finishing at our popular Bondi Beach. The race is divided into 8 groups: 1) Elite Wheelchair Athletes, for athletes using racing wheelchairs, no hand cycles permitted, who will complete the course sub 38mins; 2) Seeded group (by invitation only), for runners who aim to gain a place in the top 20 only; 3) Preferred - Males sub 52 minutes and females sub 56 minutes; 4) Red Start - For runners with a race time sub 70 minutes; 5) Green Start - For runners with a race time sub 90 minutes; 6) LAN Airlines Group Blue Start - Is the first open group with no qualifying time required. People wishing to run the length of the course but have no prior race time are encouraged to enter into this group; 7) Westpac Yellow Start - For people who aim to run or jog the course; 8) Back of the Pack (Orange) - For walkers, fun groups, pushers (pushed wheelchairs and strollers).

In 2013 85,000 participants registered for this event, raising over $4.0 million dollars for more than 600 charities.

The oldest person to compete in this event was a male participant aged 99 in 2003. He completed the course in 188 minutes, an example to us all.

The City2Surf race is Australia’s greatest community fitness event, and for a great cause.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, 14/August/2016, and the goal is to raise $5.0 million dollars in order to help over 800 charities Australia wide.

For further details please refer to the official site.

 

Photo by Dean Sewell

Sydney Aroma Festival 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, June 10, 2016

Once again it is time to indulge & treat yourself to the wonderful aroma of coffee, chocolate, tea and spices at The Rocks Aroma Festival. You will be able to try out a variety of roasters on the day, enjoy the inviting espressos, try the traditional baklava or taste some delicious Spanish churros, and don’t forget to spice it up with that special chai latte. 

You will be able to stimulate your taste-buds with Belgian caramel waffles, French crepes, Argentinian alfajoles, fancy cupcakes, Italian gingerbread & more! Of course the food vans will be there providing a variety of delicious specialties, and you will find some latte art competitions, a domestic coffee machine expo, pop-up bars & cafes, etc . 

The Workshops & Special Offers: Friday 1 July - Sunday 24 July. (May vary depends on the subjects & providers.)

The Rocks Aroma Festival: Sunday 24 of July 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

For further information please visit the official site.

   

  

 

 

 


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