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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.

   

  

 

 

 

Sydney Running Festival 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, August 31, 2015
Sydney prepares itself for one of the mayor charity events of the year, the Sydney Running Festival which takes place on the 16th of september. It is an event where the community unites to support a great cause such as the fight against Cancer, Autism & Alzheimer amongst others. 
This Festival is made up of four events, the Marathon (42.195 km), the Half Marathon (21.0975 km), the Bridge Run (Harbour Bridge) (approximately 9 km) and the Family Fun Run (approximately 4 km). Once again the number of participants registering is showing the great interest given by the community towards this event, and it promises to be a great success.
 
For further information, please visit the official website.

Sydney International Boat Show 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The popular Sydney International Boat Show begun in 1968, and has since grown to become the southern hemisphere’s most recognised consumer event, as well as the show where exhibitors report the highest product sales and business-to-business activity.

In 1989 The Sydney Boat Show made Darling Harbour its home, and it has the largest visitor numbers of any boat show in Australia. This is the 48th exhibition of the Sydney International Boat Show.

While the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre undergoes a major upgrade, the Sydney International Boat Show will hold its undercover exhibitions in the interim facility specially built for the show at the historic working port known as Glebe Island.

The Cockle Bay Marina, always a show highlight will remain on its traditional site in Darling Harbour.

Dates: 30-July to 3-August 2015

Hours: Halls & Marina from 10:00am to 8:00pm

Tickets can be purchased online, or at the venue.

 

For further information please visit its official site.

 

~ Images from recent years. ~

       

BOOK NOW! Bush Walking Tours in June

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, June 12, 2015
= BOOK NOW = 

Places still available for the following tour.  

Date: Wednesday 17 -  June - 2015 

DT1B: Blue Mountains Bush Walking Tour

Join us to walk through one of the most enjoyable footpath in the Blue Mountains. We look for some unique plants and local bird life along the way. There are higher chances to spot invasive Lyrebirds during winter.
 
For more information regarding the tour please click on the following link:
http://patricksfriendlytours.com.au/dt1-b-blue-mountains-bush-walking-tour.html

Ice skating @ Bondi Beach

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Australia’s one and only beach side ice rink returns as a part of Bondi Winter Magic. A great winter experience to skate in open air with the famous beach & surfers on the waves in the background, or night session under the stars.

Skating lessons will be available in the mornings.

For session times, tickets & special packages, please visit the official website.

 

The Bondi Winter Magic Ice Rink

DATE: SAT 20 June to SUN 12 July

TIME: 10am to 9pm each day

 

The whales are coming!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, June 01, 2015
The winter whale migration for 2015 has begun today 1st of June. They have already been seen up the coast of New South Wales travelling north, in search for warmer waters.

The experts believe that this year we will see an increase of 8% in the southern right whales, and an increase of 10% with the Humpback whales. This means that we will see an approximate of 6,500 whales travelling pass our coastline, which is a great indication on how effective has been the measurements taken by the whale’s conservationists.
Along with this, we are also witnessing an increase in dugongs, dolphins, fur seals and orcas (killer whales), which is a great reason to make us feel more enthusiastic about taking care of our marine environment.

The whale migration travelling north will continue till mid July, and they will return south from September to November. Whale watching cruises depart from Sydney Harbour are very popular for people who seeks close encounter. Don't forget some warm clothes!


 
Baby humpback whale showing off his skills.

You are invited! to DT3:Hunter Valley Winery Tour in March

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wine, anyone?

Join us in our English tour visiting the Hunter Valley, where Australia's wine history begun. Drive through rolling hills covered with vines, stop at some wineries to do some tasting, and listen to the history of the place and the maker’s passion for it. Try some Reds, Whites, Sparkling, dessert wines, and you might also encounter some exclusive & limited produce that is only available at the cellar door. There will be opportunities to taste and purchase some other local gourmet produce as well, such as cheese, chocolates, liqueur, olives, etc.     

Please refer to our website for details of the tour by clicking here.

DATE: Wednesday 18-Mar or Friday 20-Mar-2015

Language: English