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

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:

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


AFC Asian Cup 2015 Australian Championship!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, January 09, 2015

Today is the opening day & match of the AFC Cup in Melbourne.

This is the 16th competition of the AFC Cup, with 16 countries participating.

The hosting cities are Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle & Brisbane, with the opening ceremony and match being held at the Rectangular Stadium.   

The final will be held at Australia Stadium Sydney, which was the main stadium for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Australia is in group A together with South Korea, Kuwait & Oman. The opening match will be between Australia & Kuwait at the Rectangular Stadium today 9th of January, kicking off at 20:00 hrs.

Group A - Australia, Korea Republic, Oman, Kuwait
Group B - Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Korea DPR
Group C - Iran, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain
Group D – Japan, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine.
For further information please on the following link:  

Australian summer of tennis 2015!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Australian summer of tennis has begun leading to the first Grand Slam of 2015, beginning with the Brisbane International & the Hopman Cup in Perth.
The Apia International in Sydney will take place from the 11th to the 17th of January.
The Kooyong Classic will take place from the 13th to the 16th of January.
The Australian Open will be held in Melbourne from the 19th of January to the 1st of February
Brisbane International results as at 6th of January 2015:

(7) A. Dolgopolov v C. Berlocq 6-2, 6-3 
R. Williams v J.Millman 6-3, 6-1 
M. Klizan v J.Melzer 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 
M. Matosevic v S. Johnson 6-2, 6-7, 5-7 
D. Kudla v J. Nieminen 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 
(5) K. Anderson v L.Kubot 6-7, 4-6

M. Copil v M. Kukushkin 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 
B. Tomic v S.Querrey 7-5, 7-6 
J. Chardy v A. Golubey 6-4, 6-4 
(8) J Benneteau v T. Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-2 
(6) G. Simon v J. Duckworth 2-6, 2-6 

Hopman Cup results as at 6th of January 2015:
Sunday 4 January
Day: Czech Republic d Canada d 2-1
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-0, 6-4
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 7-6(5), 6-2
Lucie Safarova /Adam Pavlasek (CZE) d Eugenie Bouchard / Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4, 6-2
Night: Poland d Australia 3-0
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-2, 6-3

Monday 5 January
Day: USA d Italy 3-0
Serena Williams (USA) d Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 0-6, 6-3, 6-0
John Isner (USA) d Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4)
Serena Williams / John Isner (USA) d Flavia Pennetta / Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-2, 2-6 ,11-9
Night: Great Britain d France 2-1
Andy Murray (GBR) d Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-2, 7-5
Alize Cornet (FRA) d Heather Watson (GBR) 6-2, 6-2
Andy Murray/Heather Watson (GBR) d Alize Cornet/Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8

Tuesday 6 January
Day: Czech Republic d Italy 2-0
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3
Adam Pavlasek (CZE) d Fabio Fognini 3-6, 7-5, 6-1


Sydney Festival 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, January 02, 2015

The popular Sydney Festival is back in town. It runs from the 8th to the 26th of January, and as always it will be packed with exciting events with around 300 performances,100 events & over 1000 artists.

Theatre, live concerts, dance, exhibitions, opera, installations, etc,etc... All kinds of arts from all over the world get together in Sydney. Some of Sydney's popular restaurants will serve special lunch & dinner packages during the festival.

For ticketing and further information please visit the official site.

Dates: 8 - 26 January 2015

Location: Various venues.  (e.g. Hyde Park, Sydney Town Hall, Opera House, Parramatta, etc.)

Have you seen the gigantic Rubber Duck at Parramatta river? (Artwork by Florentijn Hofman, The Netherlands) This yellow ducky is five storeys tall and five storeys wide! It will stay until the end of the festival.

*Copyrights of the original artwork belongs to the artist.