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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.


Christmas in Sydney

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Have you ever experienced Christmas in Summer? If you are the lucky one to visit Sydney during Christmas season, why not  go city sightseeing with tthe theme.

Sydney's favourite Christmas trees are;
@ Martin Place, 20m tall! Beautifully decorated with hundreds of LED lights. Touch Pad Kiosk allows you to interact and control coulour settings of the tree decorations. You also can send your own christmas messages up its branches by texting from your mobile! 

@ Queen Victoria Building, 24m tall (Ground floor to 2nd floor), covered with 60,000 lights and 144,000 Swarovski Christal ornaments. Start form the trunk at the ground floor level, then climb all the way up to see the star on the top of the tree! (Do not forget to admire the historical architecture of Queen Victoria Building itself and its artefacts, including Queen Elizabeth the II's letter to the citizens of Sydney as well as the clocks.)

Tall outdoor tree decorations can be found in other locations such as Hyde Park North or Governors House.

@ Pitt Street Mall, in front of Westfield, a NEW Christmas Sleigh appears made entirely with LEGO blocks, using over 10,000 pieces of them!! There are many shining Christmas trees floating in the air all the way through Pitt Street Mall after dark, as part of "Christmas Light Forest" installation, together with digital projections on the buildings.

@ Darling Harbour, a modern tree decorated with lots of lights can be found at the Convention Centre Courtyard. There is a NEW Floating Christmas Tree suspended in the air @ Palm Grove as well! Carols is on everynight at various locations around Darling Harbour, Palm Cove & Cockle Bay throughout December. For the event detail, please refer to the other post titled "Sydney's Christmas in Summer!"

And we should not forget David Jones's window decorations on Elizabeth Street! Each of the six windows on the Elizabeth Street Store are filled with different carols with puppets singing, sharing warm wonderful christmas spirit with all the viewers young and old. (Window display will be on up to the 25 december.) Also do not miss the Magic Cave on the 6th floor in Elizabeth Street Store, to see Santa and the elves working hard preparing the presents for the children. (Open everyday till 24 December). It is a great place to find Chrissy Souvenir as well.

Walking around the City you will find lots of Christmas decorations in a very Australian style, in shops and restaurants. If you visit the suburbs, you can find some magnificently dressed up homes with wonderful luminous decorations brighting up the streets. You might also meet Santa Clause riding his surf board in his summer gear!

It is a great season to go sightseeing!
   

(From L to R) David Jones' window decorations. / It could be the tallest indoor Christmas tree. @QVB / The top of the Christmas tree in QVB. 

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 City2Surf 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, July 31, 2016

On its 46th year the world's largest run, the popular Sydney’s City2Surf is only 2 weeks away. 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. The race is divided into 8 groups: 1) Elite Wheelchair Athletes, for athletes using racing wheelchairs, no hand cycles permitted, who will complete the course sub 38mins; 2) Seeded group (by invitation only), for runners who aim to gain a place in the top 20 only; 3) Preferred - Males sub 52 minutes and females sub 56 minutes; 4) Red Start - For runners with a race time sub 70 minutes; 5) Green Start - For runners with a race time sub 90 minutes; 6) LAN Airlines Group Blue Start - Is the first open group with no qualifying time required. People wishing to run the length of the course but have no prior race time are encouraged to enter into this group; 7) Westpac Yellow Start - For people who aim to run or jog the course; 8) Back of the Pack (Orange) - For walkers, fun groups, pushers (pushed wheelchairs and strollers).

In 2013 85,000 participants registered for this event, raising over $4.0 million dollars 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, 14/August/2016, and the goal is to raise $5.0 million dollars in order to help over 800 charities Australia wide.

For further details please refer to the official site.

 

Photo by Dean Sewell

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.

   

  

 

 

 

Sydney Running Festival 2015

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, August 31, 2015
Sydney prepares itself for one of the mayor charity events of the year, the Sydney Running Festival which takes place on the 16th of september. It is an event where the community unites to support a great cause such as the fight against Cancer, Autism & Alzheimer amongst others. 
This Festival is made up of four events, the Marathon (42.195 km), the Half Marathon (21.0975 km), the Bridge Run (Harbour Bridge) (approximately 9 km) and the Family Fun Run (approximately 4 km). Once again the number of participants registering is showing the great interest given by the community towards this event, and it promises to be a great success.
 
For further information, please visit the official website.

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.

Sydney's Christmas in Summer!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Festive Season has already begun and all the decorations and huge Christmas Trees can be seen here and there in the City. If you are one of the lucky ones to visit Sydney during this holiday season, why not experience Christmas in Summer, Sydney style!

Let's start with a few special FREE events of the season to warm you up.

Thu-27-November

Martin Place Children's Christmas Concert

@ Martin Place 18:00 - 20:30
Celebrate the lighting up of the Christmas Tree (20m tall!!), with Santa himself and the Australian Girls Choir. (The Christmas Tree will be displayed until 25-Dec.)  

 

Christmas on the Green

@ Hyde Park Noth 18:00 - 20:30
Relax on the lawn and enjoy the live broadcast of the lighting up of the Christmas Tree at Martin Place on a huge screen. Carols by St.Mary's Cathedral Choristers, and wait for Santa's appearance on his sleigh! Don't forget to bring your picnic basket! 

 

Sat 29 November - Wed 24 December

Santa Fest

@Cockle Bay & Darling Harbour, Palm Cove, and Village Green
Come and join in the biggest gathering of Santas you've ever seen. Celebrate Christmas with lots of fun! Fantastic fireworks every Saturday from 21:00, and carols take places in various locations untill Christmas Day. There is a NEW floating Christmas tree suspended in the air (!) to be spotted in Palm Cove, together with some fun activities such as Paddle Boat Rides (tickets available for purchase) around floating Santas in Cockle Bay, and Christmas Movie Nights Under the Stars (Fridays & Saturdays) at Village Green throughout December. For the event's ditails visit official website.

 

Sun 7 December

Annual Variety Santa Fun Run

@Darling Harbour  08:30 - 

Join other hundreds & thousands of Santas (and his little helpers with paws) running for a good cause!  For more Information & registration click HERE.  

 

Thu 11 December - Christmas Eve

Christmas Carols by The David Jones Staff Choir
@ Elizabeth Street Store, Level 7. (Excluding Sunday) Performing daily from 09:00 to 09:30.
Hear the wonderful voices of David Jones Staff Choir.Christmas Eve Performance will be at 8AM.

Sydney Winter Festival 2014

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Winter Festival is back in Sydney, and for the first time it will be held at Darling Harbour offering a central location for all the community. 

Since 2009 it has grown to become Australia’s biggest winter event.
For a month Darling Harbour will be transformed into a spectacular winter park, offering a variety of activities such as open air ice skating, a snow pit, snow slide, floating icebergs, igloos, a glittering frozen forest, frosty fireworks, etc.

To treat yourself you will be able to enjoy the traditional winter refreshments as well as a gourmet winter cuisine.

The festival will take place from the 13th of June to the 13th of July, and it will have activities for everybody, children and adults.
For further information please visit the official website:

 

http://thewinterfestival.com.au/ 

Vivid Sydney 2014

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

From the 23rd of May to the 9th of June once again Vivid Sydney is back!

3D light projections will light up our beautiful city every night from 6pm to 12 midnight in wonderful colours, as well as holding a festival of local and international music, and public talks & debates from leading creative thinkers from around the world.
For further information, please visit the
 official site.

 

These photos below are taken during Vivid Sydney in the past. Look for more photo updates in the album in our Facebook! (www.facebook/PatricksFriendlyTours)