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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
LEURA HARVEST FESTIVAL, 1 MAY is just around the door. It's the slow-cooked movement at its best! Bake offs, brewers, produce and artisans all gather on The Mall. Don't miss the 'talks' (not lectures) by guest chefs and specialists who discuss myriad of topics -- bee keeping, permaculture and micro-farming. Of course, the highlight is the Pet Chook Show. Quidditas Creative Arts Gallery is the major sponsor.
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 terrific! Hours: Open Daily, 8:30am to 4pm Monday - Saturday; 3:30pm Sundays
BYGONE BEAUTIES HAS AN 'IN-HOUSE' WINNER...Kerry Anne placed FIRST at the Bathurst Show Baking Competition for her sensational scones. She cooks up the same recipe for ByGone Beautys Teas... delicate and delicious. For bookings 02 4784 3117. Later this week, in the blog we'll post a photo of lovely Kerry Anne with a tray of her scrumptious scones.
BLUE MOUNTAINS HERITAGE TRAIL PHOTO CHALLENGE: We blogged about the competition on 2 April at the Heritage Trail Open Day and thought you would want to check out the winners! Photos from Competition
EVERGLADES HOUSE & GARDENS GALLERY: Artist, Peter Wale exhibition, "Fashioned by Nature" opens 3April. You can visit the Gallery Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 3pm through 1May. The works depict birds, animals and plant life, many can be found in the Blue Mountains.
NOW, ISN'T IT TIME FOR A LITTLE SHOPPING SPREE?
SERAI LIVING (Shop 4, Aspects of Leura Arcade) is prepared for a change in the weather with new items for the home from India. Beautiful lamps and large tables of burnished wood Very dramatic and unique!
LEURA VINTAGE (178 The Mall, off the Leura carpark), is your shop if you need a few more items for our 'extended' summer. The Mistress of Vintage, Susie Mitchell has special little cotton frocks for entertaining or going out on the town.. 02 4784 3333.
MRS PEEL MODERN VINTAGE has faith that autumn is on the way and we spied an unusual pair of boots.and several pairs of stylish vintage shoes. These go quickly, so drop by frequently to the shop at the front of the Aspects of Leura Arcade (186 The Mall)
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.
GIFTS-n-THINGS Leura's shop that still has that Edwardian look and feel offers us so many fun choices.. . fun flirty dresses and gorgeous scarves. While browsing, pick up your favourite Crabtree and Evelyn product -- so good for our skin.
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