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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.

  


Vivid Sydney 2018!!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Once again Sydney-siders' favourite event in the winter months Vivid Sydney is back, now as the biggest event of its kind worldwide!

Better and bigger than ever, the 3D light projections will light up our beautiful city converting it into a magnificent exhibition of creativity. The lights will be on every night from 6pm to 11pm, giving the city an amazing display of colors, as well as holding a festival of local and international music, sculptures, public talks, and debates from leading creative thinkers from around the world.

The Royal Botanic Gardens has become a very popular venue hosting large scale displays in last two years, and you won't be disappointed. The event achieved a new bench mark back in 2016 with an attendance of 2.31 million people (up by 35.4% from 1.7 million in 2015). Experience a fabulous winter with lights & colours in Sydney.

To see photos from previous years please visit our Photo Gallery

For further information, please visit the official site.
DATES: Friday 25 May - Saturday 16 June 2018
TIME: 18:00 - 23:00 Every night

Vivid Sydney 2017!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, April 30, 2017

From Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June once again Vivid Sydney is back, now as the biggest event of its kind worldwide! 

Better and bigger than ever, the 3D light projections will light up our beautiful city converting it into a magnificent exhibition of creativity. The lights will be on every night from 6pm to 11pm, giving the city an amazing display of colors, as well as holding a festival of local and international music, sculptures, public talks, and debates from leading creative thinkers from around the world.The Royal Botanic Gardens has become a very popular venue hosting large scale displays last year, and you won't be disappointed. The event achieved a new bench mark last year with an attendance of 2.31 million people (up by 35.4% from 1.7 million in 2015). Experience a fabulous winter with lights & colours in Sydney.


To see photos from previous years please visit our Photo Gallery.

For further information, please visit the official site.


Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, October 01, 2016

Sculpture by the sea returns to Bondi. It is exhibited along the coastal walk between Bondi & Tamarama, which besides having spectacular views the sculptures make it a very interesting one as well. The walk is about 2 km long, exhibiting over 100 sculptures by Australian as well as international artists. This is one of the world’s largest free events for the public to enjoy.

Dates: From Thursday the 20th of October to Sunday the 6th of November 2016.

For further information please visit the official website.

Copyrights of each sculpture belongs to the artist.

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.


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.

   

  

 

 

 

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

 

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.

Melbourne Cup 2014!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, October 20, 2014

Melbourne Cup fever is here again. This is one of the most anticipated events in the country, and one of the best regarded thoroughbred races in the world, stopping a whole nation to watch its main race (Group 1), which takes place at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November every year. This year it will be held on the 4th of November.

This event started in 1861 becoming one of the most significant events in the Australian social and sporting culture. Everybody wants to participate in one way or another, whether it is at work, the pub, the race course, everywhere, it is a national event with betting taking place throughout the whole country. Today with its prize money & trophies, it makes it one of the richest horse races in the world.

Socialites, politicians and Australia's rich and famous attend the Cup. This is a carnival where people love to show off their fashion, from the elegant to the ridiculous, all in good spirit.

Through time there have been a number of champion horses thrilling the spectators with their achievements, as well as with stories of endurance, controversy, tragedy, scandals and heroism. A good example is Black Caviar, an Australian mare who was named the Wold Champion Sprinter in 2010, 2011 & 2012, with a success record not equalled for over 100 years. She retired on 13th of April 2013 undefeated after winning 25 races.

The Melbourne Cup is all about racing, betting, fashion, bubblies and partying.

For further information, please visit the official website: http://melbournecup.com/  

 

Sydney Harbour NYE Party Cruises 2014

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrate the arrival of 2015 in style! Welcome 2015 in the best seat, cruising through Sydney Harbour one of the three world renowned most beautiful harbours in the world.

 

We offer a range of special NYE event cruises. Most of them provide an average of 5 hours cruise, in addition to it, some come with a deluxe 4 or 5 course dinner in reserved seating, a gorgeous Las Vegas style dinner show, cocktails & canapés, seafood, international cuisine buffet, dance floor & live band / DJ, or family & group goers favourite B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) style cruise….. The choice is yours.  

 

Party along and enjoy the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, cruise among famous vessels as part of the Harbour Light Parade. Set in a prime position for the world famous fireworks display, in front of the iconic Harbour Bridge at 21:30 and midnight to welcome 2015 with a BIG BANG!

 

No obstacles or need to walk through massive crowds to find a vantage spot. No doubt you would be in the best seat in town! (And being envied by all the spectators on the banks.)

 

The best seats are sold fast! For enquiries and bookings, please contact us by clicking here.

 

Summary of NYE Cruises 2015

All the details vary depending on the vessel & package;

Date: 31-December-2014

Departure:  19:00 – 19:20

Disembark:  0:45 – 1:45 am

Boarding & Disembarking Location/s: King Street Wharf or Circular Quay

Prices:  Varies

Dress Code: Smart casual – Cocktail/Evening attire. Depending on the vessel & seating.

 

Image courtesy of Sydney Showboat & Australian Cruise Group.


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