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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’.
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.
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
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
Everglades House & Garden has plans for your Winter Sundays -- Sunday Roasts at The House. A two course meal with all the trimmings for groups. 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 - all the trimmings included - with lovely friends and family. BYO wine - no corkage fee. Bookings 02 4784 1938.
Megalong Books' staffer, Jodi gave us a new recommendation this week -- the staff are avid readers. Elizabeth Gilbert's fictional, The Signature of All Things, is the story about a botanist whose hunger for explanations carries her through the better part of Darwin's century. Rumour on the street: a film is in the making.
Signs of Autumn Part I: Little Wing is decked out for the cold. Don't think you must contend with black for the next months -- you'll find wonderful colours and fabulous materials at Little Wing. Italian made. Dresses for work and party. Shop 1, 201 The Mall.
Signs of Autumn Part II: Gifts 'n Things has a Blue Mountains exclusive: Crabtree & Evelyn products. The cold and strong winds can play havoc with our skin. Look for face and hand remedies to protect you through the winter months.
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.
Birches of Leura (Gardens & Gifts). Longing for a touch of spring? Birches brings in fresh cut flowers every Friday. Tulips, chrysanthmums, stock, jonquils and lisianthus to name just a few. A surprise on each Friday delivery. Scents to remind you of what is to come in six months! 2/ 156 Megalong Street. 02) 4784 3146
Bygone Beautys Teapot Museum & Tearooms are undergoing major renovations and come June, visitors are welcome to the new museum displaying so many lovely elegant teapots. The final renovation includes the museum, a new function room and a formal tearoom. All things tea-related will be on sale in the retail shop.
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