Scenic Railway closure for maintenace

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, January 07, 2013

At Katoomba Scenic World, the Scenic Railway will be closed for maintenance during the dates as shown below. The Cable way and Skyway will remain open as usual.

For the period that the Railway is closed, the only option to visit the rainforest and the coalmine at the bottom of the valley will be by the Cableway. 

Close from Monday 14-January to Friday 29-March inclusive.  


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.

Queen Mary 2 visits Australia

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Queen Mary 2 arrived  this morning just before dawn for the fifth time into Sydney Harbour. This time it arrived with a message of love for one of its guests, a marriage proposal banner & a heart displayed on the cruiser, very appropriate for valentine's day. Queen Mary will spend 28 days travelling around Australia.

The Rocks Markets by Moolight!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Is that time of year again when the Rocks Markets opens by moonlight. It has 60 specialty stalls, live music with free outdoor entertainment throughout the Rocks, a great variety of gourmet food or something special for that sweet tooth. There will be plenty of fashion, arts & crafts and homewares to attract your attention. A great place to meet & enjoy being under the stars.

Fridays from 5.30pm-10.00pm
04/November - 23/Decmber
For further details, please visit the official website.

The Sun-Herald City to Surf 2011!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, July 22, 2011

The Sun-Herald City2Surf participants are once again almost ready for one of the toughest fun runs in the country.
Not just one of Sydney's favourite events, but the world biggest run with 80,000 participants registered in 2010, a greater number than the London and New York Marathons combined.Since 1971 this event has attracted a lot of international attention, and many participants worldwide have joined in including elite athletes.

This 14 kilometre race which some will run, walk or just watch, is a charity event presented by Westpac and The Sun-Herald. It takes place on Sunday 14th of August from 7:00am to 2:00pm, and it starts from Hyde Park in Sydney's business district, finishing at spectacular and always popular Bondi Beach.
In 2010 this charity event raised $2.8 million, lets hope this year is even higher.

For further information, please go to the official website.