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Shakespeare Festival 2017
Everglades Gardens is a magical setting for the Sydney-based Sport for Jove theatrical company. Two plays are performed over three weekends by this talented company in the beautiful outdoor setting – performances are captivating. Bring a comfortable chair and a picnic – theatregoers come early to share food with friends or family before the ‘curtain’ goes up. Cafés on the Mall will provide takeaway hampers. It does get chilly as the evening progresses so bring jumpers and blankets, and a torch for navigation back to your transportation in the dark after the show.
Leura Harvest Festival 2017
7 May 2017
The Leura Harvest, part of the Autumn Sustainable Food Festival, opens the first weekend in May. An impressive line-up of horticulture speakers is scheduled throughout the day. Of course, vendors will line The Mall offering locally grown organic produce from sustainable gardens along with some tasty brews. Local cafés and restaurants will showcase seasonal produce on their menus. But drawing the greatest crowd, the competitions: The Scarecrow Competition, The Chook Show, and the Chocolate Cake Bake off.
Monday through Friday only -- July and August
In this charming tearoom, surrounded by beautiful teapots -- a collection like no other -- a menu of the festive type is served Monday through Friday at 12.30pm in July and August. Leura and Bygone Beautys come alive in the wonderful 'Christmas in July' in the Blue Mountains 2017.
Leura CWA Hall Markets
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
CWA Hall, Megalong Street
02 4784 2152
Leura 1st Sunday Markets
First Sunday of each month
Leura Public School
Great Western Highway
0432 021 863
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
EVERGLADES GARDENS GALLERY FINAL WEEK: "RESURRECT" -- A collaboration of printmaker, Jan Melville and photographic artist, Tracy Ponich. Dates April 8 - April 30 . Melville's work tells tales of boats, birds and goddesses while Ponich photographs show us the land and all its elements.
LEURA VILLAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL is just around the corner. May 7 with our favourite Scarecrow Competition at The Birches Nursery. So much fun and definitely yummy with the chocolate cake competition, produce & plant stalls and wine & cider tastings. Bring friends -- come hang out for the day on The Mall.
THE WALDORF HOTEL GARDEN TOUR (20 Fitzroy Street) home to the charming Lady Fairfax Garden -- designed many years ago with surprises throughout. Monday - Friday, 10am, Liz Riley, head-gardener will tour you through the garden. No need to book, just show up ten minutes before.
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 2017 Leura Guide and other guides about NSW destinations. The staff are BETTER than terrific! Hours: Open Daily, 8:30am to 4pm Monday - Saturday 8:30am to; 3:30pm Sundays
QUIDDITAS GENERAL STORE 199 LEURA MALL. This store of delights from around the world will please! And since you might be thinking of Easter bunnies this weekend, check out the fabulously fun and charming French trays on the back wall. These are Tres Magnifique! You'll need time for browsing in this corner shop
QUIDDITAS CREATIVE ARTS GALLERY on 88 Railway Parade is always a main attraction Quidditas has new hours: Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 10am - 3pm
MEGALONG BOOKS "STAFF PICKS": Quarterly Essay, The White Queen -- One Nation and The Politics of Race by David Marr is going out the door quickly. This is an indepth look at the political party, One Nation and it's leader, Pauline Hanson
SYDNEY'S HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL 6 - 28 MAY. For all you Blue Mountains artistic types with a Hasselblad camera in hand, the festival kicks off with exhibitions, talk and meet & greets in Paddington. Prizes and networking! See the schedule: Cameras & Artists
SYDNEY'S WRITER FESTIVAL BLUE MOUNTAINS EVENT: Saturday, 27 May 10-1m - 1pm, Katoomba Library: "Writers' Journeys, What Does It Take To Become a Writer?" Featured writers: Lisa Chaplin, Catherine Cole, Craig Cormick and Malcolm Knox. (fee) Book at any branch library or onlin at library.bmcc.gov.au
Welcome... to Leura - The Garden Village
The weather has been absolutely stunning for several months now - gorgeous temperate days but with sufficient rain to fill our waterfalls to overflowing. We seem to have a constant supply of visiting tourists: the Mall is crowded with shoppers; cafes are busy preparing lunch; day-trekkers walk the trails along the escarpment and excited grinning rock climbers practice early morning rappelling at Sublime Point.
We live in the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains where a thick misty cloud layer appears at dawn, but within minutes the sun dispenses with it - the grandeur of the escarpment now apparent. Assuming the role of 'tour guide' to an American guest this week gets us out exploring the natural sights surrounding Leura.
Along Cliff Drive, the sandstone walls constantly shift colours. With each imperceptible movement of the early morning sun, surprises unfold. Rust coloured crevices appear where yellow flat sandstone walls had been only moments before. The eucalypt-covered valley below seems to ripple with a slow incoming green tide. The eerie silence over the smooth rock of Sublime Point Lookout takes our breath away - civilization is removed. Well, civilization is at least remote.
Everglades House & Gardens basks in autumnal beauty - a thin mist veils the Grotto pool and the waterfall high above plummets with mesmerising resonance to the lush greenery below. Busy gardeners cut and clear for winter, plant for and anticipate spring. The natural milieu surrounding Leura is our backdrop - a scenic background upon which we carry out our lives, century after century after century.
An Edwardian Village
By eight, morning life in Leura stirs - the smell of strong coffee and baking croissants wafts over The Mall. A few visitors are out, but the quiet of a cathedral is present - soundless steps, indistinguishable voices. Only noisy birds seem indifferent to our slow-waking, somewhat sacred rituals. Leura is our respite - the holiday getaway of many as it has been since land speculators recognised the possibilities of the area and in December of 1881, grabbed the lion's share of what would become 'Leura Estate'.
Leura, with its wide streets, its proximity to the bush and its frequently changing weather was a draw card for Sydney-siders then as it is now. In 1905, The Alexandra Guesthouse and Hotel was built, looking out to Jamison Valley and overlooking the train tracks. Weatherboard buildings along The Mall were dual-purposed: retail shops on the ground level and family housing on the first. As the years passed, the structures weathered, faded and fell into disarray. By 1921, The Mall was dusty or muddy, depending upon the season. By the 1950s Leura was asleep, forgotten by its neighbors in Medlow Bath, Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.
Two decades passed. Instigated by residents and proprietors, veranda posts were replaced and store fronts painted once again in muted colours. Leura awoke. Its Edwardian charm and its Sydney-sider visitors returned.
Today the Edwardian look, much like the colours of that day, is muted and you may overlook that era's influence. But the charm is only a step away - inside: Leura Cellars, Wayzgoose Café, Gifts-n-Things, Max & Me, and Silks Brasserie with its 15 foot ceilings and recessed doorway. Here, you are carried back to Leura's early days. On the corner of The Mall and Megalong Streets, Bon-Ton Bistro began life as a 1917 butcher shop and a 1920s petrol station is now home to Bakehouse on Wentworth. At the corner of Grose and Megalong Streets, a large brick bungalow began life as a residence in 1913. Today, with its impressive verandah, Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms serves up elegant high teas. And up on Railway Parade, Quidditas Gallery is housed in an elegant building that has occupied that street since the turn of the century. Granted, building fronts have been modernised and additions have been completed, but the interiors are lovely reminders of the early residents and proprietors who coaxed Leura awake once more.
Now, often crowded with international visitors, Leura is the jewel of the Blue Mountains. Its millions-year-old valley. Ancient sandstone, gold and rust. The hustle and bustle of shops and cafés. Of modernity. The hushed stillness that arrives at dawn and at sunset. These are memories we cherish.
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