Leura Garden Festival 2018

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Leura village prepares itself for the 2018 Garden Festival. On its 54th year it promises to be as exciting as ever with 9 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.

The gardens will be open to public in new format from this year, but nothing changes in goodwill. All proceeds raised from the gardens will benefit the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital and Blue Mountains health related organisations.     

Dates for Open Gardens : Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September , and  Monday 1 October 2018. Friday 5, Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 October 2018.  The gardens will open from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily.

Entry Fees: $25 pp for a multiple entry ticket to all the gardens, and $8 pp for a single garden entry ticket. FREE entry for children under 16 years old. 

The Plant Sales: Open everyday from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 7 October 2018.

Pre-Festival Tours: From Monday 24 to Friday 28 September 2018.

For further information, please visit the official website.


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.