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)  




Roses in bloom! Sydney

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Thursday, November 21, 2013

Roses are now in full bloom at the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens. 
Miniatures, climbers, Old english, Hybrids, etc. You can find various kinds of roses in the Rose Garden where you can enjoy their beautiful colours & wonderful scents, so just follow your nose or simply pick a map from the sign posts or the information center. 

Beside the roses collection, there are large numbers of specimens of Australian natives and foreign plants collected from all around the world on display. Do not miss the colonial farm gardens! Entry is free except for the tropical glasshouse.    

Do not forget your sun protection! Wear a hut, sunglasses, sunscreen and take a bottle of water when you visit, then relax and take your time to smell the roses.


Good Food Month Sydney 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spring has arrived to Sydney and with the biggest Australian food festival being renewed and returned as “The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month”.

More than 100 flavours from around the world will get together in numerous locations in Sydney City & suburbs, including Hyde Park. Lots of food stalls will line up to cater traditional & signature  food from around the world, while many restaurants provide special menus, cocktails, or dining 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 BBQ feast. There will be more food & culture festivals held in other Sydney suburbs at the same time during October (Check “Community & Outdoor Festivals” in the event’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: Tuesday-1 to Wednesday-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 9-12, 14-19, and 21-26, Mon & Tuesdays 17:00 – 21:00, Wednesdays 17:00 – 22:00, Thu & Fridays 17:00 – 23:00, Saturdays 16:00 – 22:00 @ Hyde Park. )

Fee: It may vary depending on each event. Some of them are FREE.

 For the full program and further information please visit the official website.

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Photo: Courtesy of Dominic Loneragan.

Sydney International Boat Show 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, July 27, 2013

The popular Sydney International Boat Show begun in 1968, and has since grown to become the southern hemisphere’s most recognised consumer event, as well as the show where exhibitors report the highest product sales and business-to-business activity.

In 1989 The Sydney Boat Show made Darling Harbour its home, and it has the largest visitor numbers of any boat show in Australia. This is the 46th exhibition of the Sydney International Boat Show.

The show will be held from the 1st to the 5th of August 2013

For further information please visit its official site.


The Rocks Aroma Festival 2013

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, July 06, 2013

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 24 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 tastebuds with caramel waffles, chocolate crepes, fancy cupcakes, Italian gingerbread & more.

Of course there will also be the food vans providing some delicious specialities such as tasty tapas, fresh veggie burgers, origiri (Japanese rice balls), meat skewers & more.

The Festival will be on Sunday 21 of July 2013 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

For further information please visit the official site.


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.