Frontier Photographic Safaris Autumn-2017
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vivid light festival of Sydney

Hello everyone, We're Frontier Photographic Safaris (FPS), a Sydney-based tour company that's been in operation since 1990, but is now under new leadership after its original owners decided to retire. With Autumn just around the corner, we wanted to take this opportunity to launch our very first newsletter to let you know who we are and what we're looking forward to over the coming months.


Our new owner, Craig Figtree, is a Sydney native and seasoned veteran of the tour industry: for years he conducted tours catering to corporate clients from Japan (Craig is fluent in Japanese) while partnering with his good friend Sam, the previous owner of FPS. Naturally when Sam was ready to retire, no one was more suited to carry the torch than Craig. And luckily for Sydney-bound travelers all over, he was more than happy to come on board! This newsletter will let you in on all the ways Craig is expanding what we do at FPS, and highlight a few of the biggest happenings for fall in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

If you're thinking about a visit to Sydney, or if you're in the business of arranging luxury tour experiences for clients, chances are we've got something of interest for you. Thanks in advance for giving it a read! We'd also love to hear what you think or any questions you may have - feel free to reply at




This free public celebration of the rich diversity of Western Sydney represents over 30 nationalities and will attract more than 30,000 people to Parramatta's Prince Alfred Square and the Parramatta Riverbanks. Bring the whole family to enjoy exciting markets, DJs, camel rides, bungee jumps, artistic performances, a hi-tech optical light show, an opening day parade, and of course – exotic tasty food of all kinds!

Opera on Sydney Harbor

Carmen Opera

For an unforgettable life experience you didn't know you needed, try taking in the opera outside at sunset, next to the world's most beautiful harbor and the famous Sydney skyline. Oh yeah – and this year's performance is the brilliant and widely acclaimed Carmen, by French composer Georges Bizet. You'll be talking about it for years to come. Plus Quantas airline is offering a special deal so how can you pass this up?

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Sydney Easter Show

Probably one of the most authentic Australian cutural experiences you can have that doesn't involve kangaroos or koala bears, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is certainly its largest: nearly a million people come to Sydney's Olympic Park each year to participate in this agricultural extravaganza of competitions, rides, learning exhibitions, parades, and more.

Byron Bay Blues Fest


A world-renowned event that attracts 100,000 people each year to see some of the biggest names in music. This year's lineup? None other than Patti Smith, Bonni Rait, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Osborne, Roy Ayers, Santana, just to name a few you might have heard of. Not to mention the area is gorgeous, the event is kid-friendly, and has an immense charitable impact as well, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation among others on a long list of worthy organizations.

Sydney Comedy Fest


Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event, where many of the world’s funniest comedians will entertain more than 122,500 people, followed by a 56-stop Showcase Tour across Australia that performs to over 25,000 annually. Festival highlights include the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House as well as Cracker Night at the Enmore Theatre, The Concourse Chatswood, and Riverside Theatre.

Head On Photo Festival

Photographic Festival

One of the world's most important photography festivals and Australia's only annual photo fest, Head On is three weeks full of free events and exhibitions, talks by prominent international and Australian photographers, low-cost workshops, and the prestigious Head On Awards. A vital and inclusive platform for emerging and established artists alike, and a highly enriching arts experience for the public.

Sydney Writers Festival

Sydney Writers Festival

Just wow. SWF brings together some of “the best contemporary novelists, screenwriters, musicians, writers of cutting edge nonfiction, and some of the world's leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalists” for more than 300 educational and interactive events in just under a week! 100,000 people will participate in the festival, which happens primarily at Walsh Bay on Sydney Harbour, but also in venues across the city and even the Blue Mountains. 2017 events won’t be released until after this writing so check the site or email us for more info.

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

Billed as “the world’s largest festival of light, music, and ideas,” Vivid Sydney delivers a trifecta of audiovisual immersive delights to usher in the winter season. With stunning events at the Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, the Opera House of course, and virtually all the cool art spaces in Sydney, this is truly a feast for the senses worth timing your vacation around.


Our New Vehicle

Because how you get there matters: Meet our new Mercedes Tour Bus! Fully air-conditioned with automatic doors, seatbelts, drink holders, tons of headroom… It’s comfortable, reliable, and not covered in tacky branding, lol - everything your tour bus should be.

Our new vehicle
Bondi Beach

Sydney City tours

FPS was for many years a Blue Mountains tour company only. Now Craig has decided to offer customizable Sydney City tours as well, because why not? This is actually a really smart way to start your Sydney vacay as it gives a good overview of all the best spots so it's easier to pick favorites to return to for your own in-depth exploration and enjoyment.

See Sydney

Web booking system

We’ve recently added a booking system to our site so you can simply book your choice online. It allows you to pay in full or just a small deposit up front – up to you! There are endless possibilities for private charter tours, and we can arrange via email or phone. Our online booking system is a bit limited and will offer you two choices, either a 6- or 10- hour duration: just pick the option closest to your preference and then email us with more specifics. We’ll promptly send a confirmation email that answers any questions you may have.
A final point: this system blocks out the dates when our vehicles are busy, but please contact us if your desired date is shown as not available…it’s entirely possible we can still make arrangements for you.


Now for the fun news! One of our partnering restaurants, the exquisite Silks Brasserie in Leura - which happens to have a beautiful wine list of recognized Aussie and New Zealand classics, as well as local favs from the Central Western region - has agreed to create a special tasting menu just for our clients in a new Food and Wine-themed Blue Mountains tour we are offering for fall! Silks describes its award-winning cuisine as “Modern Australian with a French influence” and its service is known for its warmth and excellence…This fully customizable tour will thoroughly satisfy all five of your senses!
If absolute indulgence is not your top priority, we can easily create a different tour experience to suit your interests – from restorative Rejuvenation packages, to informative Historic Journey tours, Arts and Crafts-focused experiences, Family Adventures, and the list goes on. There is so much cool stuff available to you in the Blue Mountains and we’re happy to help you capture it all in the perfect tour!

Silks Brasserie Restaurant Leura