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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.

  


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. 

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.

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.


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