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Leura is a village of cool climate gardens. Is a ‘green thumb’ a prerequisite for property ownership? Each October streets peak in horticultural finery – cottages hide behind a blaze of colour. Established rhododendrons and mature flower trees take centre stage and for nine days the Leura Gardens Festival takes us ‘behind the garden gate’.
The first Saturday of February is always a roaring, smashing day on the Leura Mall. There’ll be ‘dancing , and flapping, and showing off finery’ when the Blue Mountains Challenge (Guinness World Record) is up for grabs! This is one fun event.
The Challenge begins at 11.30am -- registration 9am–11am. A gold coin donation goes to the Rural Fire Service) To give your a confidence a boost, there will be practice sessions before the ‘real dance’ challenge. Dress up! 1920 attire for the Challenge is required.
Ride the train to Leura…you’ll be a showstopper!
In 2014, Leura, with the new Harvest Festival joined the sustainable food and wine movement along with Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah.
TomahROMA at Mount Tomah kicks off the month of May with autumn food, wine, and music. Leura holds its Harvest Festival the following weekend. Both events feature guest chefs and guest speakers. At each, vendors feed the crowd and musicians keep them singing. Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens has its featured cool climate gardens in its pathways. Not to be outdone, Leura opens its beautiful winter gardens to the public for the day.
Each event highlights the innovative sustainability initiatives that are deeply rooted in the Blue Mountains. Slow Food Blue Mountains and Blue Mountains, Lithgow & Oberon Tourism support these events.
Leura is an enchanting village located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. With its Edwardian storefronts and 19th century cottages, Leura sits framed upon a background of stunning natural wonders: sandstone escarpment, dense eucalypt forests and rugged terrain.
If you love autumn colours, Everglades House & Garden is perfect for a visit now. Set along the heritage wilderness,the gardens are in gorgeous reds and yellows -- perfect for a late morning walk and a cuppa at the Tea Room.
Leura Harvest Festival, Sunday, May 3. So, Mark your calendars and read our blog for all the details: Leura Harvest Festival
Teddy Sinclair (177-179 The Mall) always has such stunning window displays. Today, unique jewellery -- you won't find these pieces elsewhere. Take time to enjoy the beauty of display!
Signs of Autumn Part II:With Max & Me has the Autumn and Winter seasons under control. Soft and comfy ponchos and wraps are in stock... the finest NZ Possum Fur and Merino Wool -- lovely winter pastels and, of course, charcoals and deep browns. 142 The Mall.
Signs of Autumn Part III: The Shirt Lady's assorted knitwear of alpaca, merino, lambs wool and angora (and many others) are perfect in this first round of winter weather. Beautifully coloured scarves will keep you toasty and don't forget gloves. Shop 2, Leura Aspects Arcade.
Megalong Books' staffer, Jodi gave us a new recommendation -- the staff are avid readers -- Kate Grenville' One Life: My Mother's Story. From the review, it sounds that Ms. Grenville has given readers another strong read: One Life: My Mother's Story
Leura Antiques on Megalong Street (the address is Shop 5, The Strand Arcade), has so much new stock -- fantastic and fun clocks --all battery powered--and just charming. Peek in the windows on Megalong and you find Sybella sterling silver jewellery, beautiful pearl and onyx. This shop is the exclusive purveyor for Sybella, a Sydney artist.
If traveling by car up to Leura, stop by the Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre on the Great Western Highway at Glenbrook -- the first village of the mountains trip. Lots of books and touristy brochures with info to assist your trip through all the charming villages and breathtaking bushwalks and vistas. The staff are BETTER than fantastic! Hours: Open Daily, 8:30am to 4pm Monday - Saturday; 3:30pm Sundays
A village transformation happens infrequently and slowly, but Leura has successfully fine-tuned itself in a short span of three years. While the village still maintains its Edwardian architectural flavour, the experience of Leura is contemporary, sophisticated and ever so relaxed. Leura is the ideal place to take a mountain break, to chill out for a day, a weekend or a week.
Leura Mall is a shopper's 'dream come true'. Variety and choice are synchronised, in-step, as you walk between one roundabout to the next. Browsing is encouraged, so look down arcades, up steps – some steep – to first level shops and cafes and around the carpark perimeter. The diversity of shops is surprising.
And, Leura shopkeepers, in Edwardian-speak, or proprietors (as we refer to them today) work tirelessly to stock interesting and dissimilar products. Yes, two Australian chains are now present on The Mall, and while the stores' architecture is contemporary and out of sync with the uniqueness of the village, they clearly provide additional options.
You won't go hungry
Of course, no village 'worth its salt' would be without great food. Every few steps, Leura offers gastronomic options – at the top of the Mall, the theme is international food and Leura's only pub is perched high above the train station. As you make your way down the hill, bakeries, delis, cafés and fine dining restaurants line Leura's streets. And, if you want a view, the Leura Golf Club Bistro and two charming restaurants along Cliff Drive and Merriwa Street provide top drawer food and stunning vistas of the escarpment and Jamison Valley. Magnificent!
Step into nature
For those who love photo ops (perhaps for your Instagram) and some outdoor activity, Leura is well situated for day-trekking. We include several short treks which are close by and are on the route of the fee-based Blue Mountains buses. The buses circle Katoomba and Leura hourly with numerous hop-on, hop-off stops. At any stop, you can purchase a ticket when you embark. It's a great convenient service...
Gateway to the Blue Mountains
Address: Great Western Highway, Glenbrook
Hours: Opening Hours (except Christmas Day) Monday–Saturday 8.30am–4.00pm, Sunday 8.30am–3.30pm
Echo Point, Katoomba
Address: At the Three Sisters viewing site Echo Point Road
Hours: Opening Hours (except Christmas Day) 9.00am – 5.00pm daily