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Leura Gardens Festival
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’.
Leura Village Fair
October 10 & 11, 2015
This is the most talked about annual event in the Blue Mountains. Closed to traffic, Leura Mall becomes a magical scene of vendor stalls: crafts, food, fresh produce, garden sculptures and plants. Musicians bring the street alive and street performers mingle among the crowd. It is one huge party!
On Sunday of the Fair, dog lovers enter your best friend in the 'Leura's Best in Show' up at the Alexander Hotel. Great fun for everyone.
Leura Harvest Festival and TomahROMA
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.
LEURA'S BULLETIN BOARD
EXHAUSTED? LET LEURA CHEFS PAMPER YOU!
LEURA'S FAIRMONT RESORT is going all out for the season with a School Holiday Buffet Dinner at Jamison's until January 25, 2016. Saturday night Seafood Buffet promises to be a big hit with families. 02 4785 0000.
LILY'S PAD IS A TERRIFIC LOCATION for alfresco breakfast or brunch any day of the week. A weakness for light and delectable sweets? Try petite ricotta cakes or an orange macadamia compote. Chef Aaron Sutton bakes a delicious array! Open 7 days: 8am - 5pm. 02 4784 1033.
BON TON BISTRO is magical in the warm months -- the garden is lovely for breakfast or brunch with friends. On weekends, breakfast is served from 8:30am, weekdays from 11am. And don't overlook the Friday night Bar & Garden grazing menu from 5pm 'til late! 02 4784 4377.
THE ALEXANDRA HOTEL (62 Great Western Highway, Leura) is a so popular with travellers to the mountains. Fresh produce, fresh seafood are a mainstay in the charming dining room overlooking Leura and out to the escarpment. And if you want casual pub food, the chef serves up some yummy burgers in the bar! 01 4782 4422.
WAYZGOOSE CAFE (174 The Mall) will continue to serve up those 'Flower Pot' scones with jam and cream as we roll into 2016 This charming Edwardian building houses a long-time cafe which is a hit with visitors and locals alike. 02 4784 1973.
SERAI LIVING (Shop 4, Aspects of Leura Arcade) is prepared for summer with a new line of ladies wear from India. . . cotton tops, colourful shirts and summer scarves along with bangles & beads. Unusual items and perfect for this sweltering weather.
AND WHAT TO WEAR?
LEURA VINTAGE (178 The Mall, off the Leura carpark), is your shop if you are 'entertaining in' on New Year's Eve. The Mistress of Vintage, Susie Mitchell has special little cotton frocks for the hostess and terrific retro glasswear for a festive table. 02 4784 3333.
BIJOU, JEWEL OF LEURA (185 Leura Mall) is a shopper's dream -- lovely jewelery to fit all budgets. Beautiful summer blues, greens and pinks. You'll find a new range of textile handbags and summer scarves. For those of us who love opals, Bijou specialises in Australian opals! ph. 0411 087 507.
AND WHAT TO SEE?
EVERGLADES HOUSE & GARDEN &THE LEURASHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING THROUGH JANUARY. Tickets to either of these performances are available online. The Festival is a highlight of high drama, comedy, romance or tragedy -- the theatre comes alive for three consecutive weekends.. On the bill for 2016 is Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and Shakespeare's 'Love Labors Lost'.Please check Everglades' calendar for dates and times. This is an event you won't want to miss.2016 Leura Shakespeare Festival
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. Pick up a copy of our Leura Guide. The staff are BETTER than fantastic! Hours: Open Daily, 8:30am to 4pm Monday - Saturday; 3:30pm Sundays
Welcome... to Leura - The Garden Village
As we write this update, many changes are occurring in commercial Leura - almost daily.
Commercial life on Leura Mall is relatively stable and empty shop fronts are rare. A vacant shop is quickly snapped up and readied for that new business - fresh paint and unusual shop fittings appear quickly. In what seems like mere days, proper signage is hung and new proprietors pull out boxes of unusual items. In early 2015, changes continued at an unusual pace. One could say that Leura's commercial scene is quite dynamic.
Attractions and galleries continue to surface: a purpose-built museum of teapots (Bygone Beautys) along with its tearooms is readied for a July launch. Quidditas Creative Arts & Gallery is located in an elegant heritage-listed house and garden. Just steps away on Railway Parade, Gallery Lane houses the work of Loraine Droga and Sherrie Ehrlich - Blue Mountains artists. Around the corner on The Mall, Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery offers beautiful wood creations and upstairs at The Nook, pottery and textiles fill out the artisan specialty.
On the edge
Everglades House & Gardens is always a draw for visitors - year round the flowering gardens are beautiful, but don't overlook views out to the sandstone escarpment.
Along Cliff Drive, an increasing number of trekkers find the wooded trails along with scenic spots overlooking the escarpment. Ancient gold and rust coloured sandstone and mystical views of a million year old valley: Leura's relationship to nature is not to be missed.
Why a garden village?
Since the days of Leura Estate development (1881), mountain locals cultivated flowering gardens. Perhaps the English 'green thumb' found its home in the soil and its cool climate. Each October, these flowering trees attract hundreds of visitors. Simultaneously and as if upon cue, residential gardens throughout Leura burst into bloom.
Throughout the pages of this website, you will find 'Did You Know' facts - morsels, tidbits and travel tips about Leura.
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