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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's Bon Ton Bistro announced the arrival of guest chef, Alun Evans who has moved up to the mountains from Sydney where he has a long list of Sydney Morning Herald food awards. He has devised a signature Saturday brunch menu -- a back to basics of local produce with a touch of that inner city proper seasoning and proper cooking. Evans will collaborate with Bon Ton's Adam Shaw for a limited time. Perfect for a winter's Saturday morning.
Bygone Beautys Museum &Tearoom: Visitors are invited to the new museum displaying so many teapots -- 5000 and counting! All things tea-related will be on sale in the retail shop. Cnr Grose & Megalong Streets. Open daily 10am - 5:30pm.
Everglades House & Gardens has plans for your Winter Sundays -- 'Sunday Roasts at The House'. A two course meal with all the trimmings. You must have 6 to 8 people in your group to make a reservation. Set along the heritage wilderness, the Everglades art deco house is a lovely spot for dinner with lovely friends and family. BYO wine - no corkage fee. Bookings 02 4784 1938.
Blue Mountains City Libraries (Katoomba & Springwood): Creative Writers' Workshops -- August, September and October. For more details see Creative Writing Workshops. Lots of activities including how to use the Family History resources to uncover WWI service records.
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)
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. The staff are BETTER than fantastic! Hours: Open Daily, 8:30am to 4pm Monday - Saturday; 3:30pm Sundays
OUT OF AREA ACTIVITY: LOVE, DESIRE & RICHES EXHIBITION: OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Parramatta opened Friday 10 July and is on display through 1 November.
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