City to Surf Sydney 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Thursday, August 01, 2013

On its 43rd year the world's largest run, the popular Sydney’s City2Surf again is proving to be a success. 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. It is divided into three groups, A, B & C, in group A are those that run the 14km in 100 minutes or less, in group B are those trying to improve themselves in order to into group A or run just for the fun of it. Group C is a fun group, where absolutely everyone can join it as they can walk or run, with many wearing fancy dress costumes.

In 2012 86,137 participants registered for this event, raising over $4.0 million 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, August 11, 2013, and the goal is to raise $5 million in order to help over 700 charities.

Gold charity entries are still available. Please refer to the official site.

Sydney International Boat Show 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, July 27, 2013

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 46th exhibition of the Sydney International Boat Show.

The show will be held from the 1st to the 5th of August 2013

For further information please visit its official site.


The Rocks Aroma Festival 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, July 06, 2013

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 24 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 tastebuds with caramel waffles, chocolate crepes, fancy cupcakes, Italian gingerbread & more.

Of course there will also be the food vans providing some delicious specialities such as tasty tapas, fresh veggie burgers, origiri (Japanese rice balls), meat skewers & more.

The Festival will be on Sunday 21 of July 2013 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

For further information please visit the official site.



Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ANZAC DAY coming up on the 25th of April.
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day, is the anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand troops landing on the peninsula of Gallipoli, Turkey in the 1st world war on the 25th od April 1915.
On this date we remember the bravery of all the military personel who participated in this campaign and those who gave their lives for their country.
Many ceremonies, parades & activities take place on ANZAC DAY throughout the country. A dawn prayer and church services take a high priority on this day, as they represent the comradeship that the soldiers experienced each morning when they rose to face another day of military action.
For further information regarding ANZAC DAY, please visit the official site.

Celebrating the arrival of 2013 in Sydney Australia

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Welcome 2013 on a cruise, inside the Fireworks exclusion zone as part of the Harbour Light Parade & be in the prime position for the fireworks next to the Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a deluxe seafood buffet dinner, an open bar of still & sparkling wine, local & imported beers, soft drinks, plus a glass of Moet & Chandon at midnight.DJ entertainment, Dress Smart Casual (no runners or t-shirts).

Departure: 7:30pm (boarding starts at 7.15pm). Disembarking: 12:45am

Cost: AU$890.00 per person; Window seats surcharge: AU$59.00 per person

For any enquiries please contact us by clicking here.

Australia's biggest food festival!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, September 28, 2012

Spring has arrived to Sydney and with it the season for the biggest Australian food festival “Crave Sydney International Food Festival”

More than 100 flavours from around the world will get together in numerous locations in Sydney City & suburbs, including Hyde Park and George Street. Lots of food stalls and food trucks will line up to cater traditional food from around the world, while many restaurants provide special menus & cocktails, or dinner packages to show case what Australia is made of, and embrace what we have.

The gastronomic culture of Australia has been influenced by immigrants with colourful backgrounds and produced a new peculiar trend. This would be a great opportunity for you to experience rare cuisine from around the world, to the latest of the modern Australian.

You will find South American food in Fairfield, Chinese & Asian in “Little Shanghai” Ashfield, Italian in Haberfield, Korean in Strathfield, and visit Parramatta for Island style BBQ of NZ, Fiji & Samoa… There will be more food & culture festivals held in other Sydney suburbs at the same time during October (Check “Community Festivals” in the Food Festival’s website).

There will be plenty of demonstrations and cooking classes by celebrity chefs from different fields, art exhibitions with food themes, taste tours, cooking experience for children, etc.

Dates: Saturday-1-Oct to Monday-31-Oct (Various & limited dates for certain events.)
Locations: Hyde Park (Night Noodle Market), Sydney CBD, plus various suburbs throughout the community (visit the official site). 
Night Noodle Market: October 3-5, 8-12, and 15-19, up to 10pm @ Hyde Park.
A Moveable Feast (The Sydney Food Trucks & movie screens): October 20 @ George Street, between Park and Bathurst Streets. 
For further information please visit the official website.

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It is whale time again!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Once again the Southern migration is on, and the humpbacks are returning from the warmer waters of the north back to the Antarctic.

At least three juvenile whales have been spotted in Sydney Harbour, with many others taking their time along the coast in harbours, coves & estuaries.

It has been tipped that Sydney Harbour, Botany Bay, Jarvis bay & Eden are some of the places that can expect to see mums with their bubs on their journey south. The more popular places for migrating females will be safe havens with their abundant feeding grounds, where they would teach their calves feeding behaviour before heading to Antarctica.

Patrick's Friendly Tours' Facebook Debut

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, July 06, 2012
Patrick's Friendly Tours has just launched its facebook, catering for English, Spanish & Japanese languages. Please visit us by clicking on  and like us!

Wildlife encounter

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, July 06, 2012

Yesterday we had another magnificent day for our blue mountains bushwalking tour. Everybody enjoyed seeing the evasive lyre bird (Menura Novaehollandiae), as well as the sulphur crested white cokatoos (Cacatua Galerita), the colourful king parrots (Alisterus Scapularis) the playful rock warbler (Origma Solitaria) and the delighful eastern yellow robin (Eopsaltria Australis). It was an exciting day taking photos of these wonderful species.


Australian King Parrots - males

(Left) Rock Warbler, (Right) Eastern Yellow Robin.

Invitation to our Bush Walking Tour in July

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, July 04, 2012

There still are avilability for our Blue Mountains Bush Walking Tour (DT1-B without lunch, DT1-BL with lunch included.) in English on Monday the 9th July. Come and join us to breath in the crisp air of the mountains!


For the details of the tour, please click here.

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