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A 3-day trip to Sydney would not be complete without a visit to the Blue Mountains. There is an idyllic little village hidden in the mountains and one you should not miss. Known for the beautiful bush walks, cottages, and cold climate gardens – Leura Blue Mountains is the chic and vintage, neighbouring town of Katoomba.
About Leura City in the Blue Mountains
Did you know that ‘Leura’ is an Australian Aboriginal baby’s name? It means lava. It is theorized that this name was derived from the daughter of an early landholder, but no evidence or proof has been shown.
The town is a little less than two hours from Sydney by car and has a population of around 5,000 people only! It is now just as popular as the Blue Mountains, as it is home to the Leura Garden Festival and Leura Village Fair every year! There are also many gardens that are open at selected times to the public. The original inhabitants were the Dharug people. It is suggested that the Aboriginal and indigenous Australians could date back more than 12,000 years! There have been many occurrences wherein there has been a presence in Leura. However, the earliest one dates back to January/March 1881. It is quite possible that the first large home of Leura was Leura House, on the northern side.
A railway was built later on, and then the Leura Coffee Palace which was renamed The Ritz later on. Most of this was happening on the Western side, and then came the Leura Mall – which is the focus of the daily business.
In the early 1900s, a Katoomba and Leura Tourist Association was formed to endorse both towns simultaneously! With the tourist market growing, this was the best-made decision. Leura is about 2km away from Katoomba and a spot on the map for heritage, attractions, and much more! There is so much to do in Leura, and here are a few things you could do!
Things To Do In Leura, Blue Mountains
Leura Cascades Fern Bower
This is a challenging track but filled with mesmerizing views. The site showcases a stunning cliff line, waterfalls, and idyllic views. It is free to enter, but make sure you take water, a hat, sunscreen, a map, and GPS. From the picnic area in Leura Blue Mountains, you can proceed to the stone arch and go down the stairs along Leura Falls Creek. Secondly, cross the Cliff Walk and turn right. There is an array of vantage points to view the cascade with views of Jamison Valley. Go up the steps at the western cliff line and turn left onto the Amphitheatre Track. This will take you into the rainforest! You can also birdwatch on this journey.
Gordon Falls Lookout
Definitely some of the most amazing views in the Blue Mountains! A playground for the kids, spectacular bird watching, and even Blue Mountains bushwalks. The perfect family day trip. The waterfall from the lookout plunges over 200m down! You can gaze at views of Mount Solitary and Kings Tableland whilst taking in the skies. Make sure you take your camera, this is going to be a view you don’t want to miss out on or forget! Parking is available, so don’t fret. Although, it can be busy on the weekend, so parking might be limited! Pets and smoking are not allowed. There is also medium disability access – assistance may be required.
Sublime Point Lookout
Feeling like you are on top of the world at ‘Sublime Point’ one of the best Blue Mountains lookouts. Overlooking the views of Jamison Valley and a different, unique viewpoint of Katoomba. Popular for picnicking, but also known as the haven for rock climbing! Indulge in the endless wilderness, and take in the beauty around you. If you happen to drop by on a misty morning, you might see Mount Solitary rising out of the clouds. Truly, a sight to see. Free to enter, but might be closed at times due to weather or maintenance. Parking is available, but drinking water is not – so do bring your own! Always be prepared for bushwalking or adventure sports, take all your gear, and make sure you are aware of the risks.
Leura Garden Festival
People come from far and wide to visit the gorgeous gardens open for the festival. Famous for the display of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias, and other exotic flora and fauna. The springtime wonder attracts huge crowds and is a six-day festival over two long weekends. The gardens are open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily and showcase each distinctive garden! Ticket prices are subject to change, so do check their site when the time comes. A note that should be taken into consideration is that strollers must not be taken into any gardens. Children MUST be accompanied at all times! Pets are also not permitted to enter any garden.
Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Stemming from the traditions of European landscape design, and the Blue Mountains bushland. Everglades was constructed in the 1930s by a Danish-born landscape gardener. It was and is Australia’s most renowned inter-war period garden, receiving praise from lovers all over the world. The perfect venue for weddings, photoshoots, and picnics. From the European-style terraces, the reflection pool, and the towering trees. You can also visit their tea rooms and gift shops – just to fetch a souvenir!
Leura Cascades Picnic Area
A great spot for a rejuvenating break! Also, a fantastic location for a base whilst exploring the cliffs of the national park. Relax in the shade and indulge in the views and wildlife around you, courted by the calm sounds of the birds and Blue Mountains waterfalls nearby. After walking through the tracks, this would be the ideal spot to take up a leisurely lunch and maybe even sneak in a few photos in the perfect backdrop!
Leura Candy Store
Established in 1990, with your favourite sweets from all over the world! This is the place to be if you are looking to relive your childhood. Walk in and be surrounded by a plethora of products that will leave you feeling nostalgic. Chocolates, candies, toffies, lollies – you name it. The Candy Store also had an imported range of chocolates from all over the world! This store is your best friend if you are a sweet tooth!
Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum
The largest collection of toys, trains, and other memorabilia is right here at the museum in Leura, Blue Mountains! Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm, Leuralla has something for everyone! The products are located in an early 20th-century mansion, making the whole experience even better. Surrounded by 5-hectare award-winning gardens. Leuralla is full of interactive displays and scenes. Perfect for the kids too, a family venture indeed.
Bygone Beauty Treasured Teapot Museum and Tearooms
A little beauty nestled in the village, offering visitors a unique experience. Hosting the largest private collection of teawares (inclusive of more than 5,500 teapots from all over the world!). The best experience, however, is to have silver service Traditional High Tea. Or, Devonshire Tea! The best part about this is that visitors can also purchase estate goodies. Such as jewellery, collectibles, antiques, gifts and so on. Everything is dispersed in the retail emporium. Make sure you catch a glimpse of Mr. Teapot (better known as Maurice Cooper, the proprietor) serving customers. He is definitely someone you will want to meet.
How to explore Leura, Blue Mountains?
The Blue Mountains area and Leura have been written about ever so frequently throughout the years, there must be hundreds of pieces. You can tell that it is a definite spot you have to visit! There is so much to see and so much to do, how could you not want to! History and culture come alive, just a short way away from Sydney. If would you like the see and experience the beauty of Leura, and the Blue Mountains with a private tour guide contact Sydney Private Tours now.