The attractive Blue
Mountains village of Leura features a charming
main street, filled with chic cafes, restaurants,
gift shops, and art galleries. It is the most urbane
and sophisticated of the Blue Mountains villages.
The town borders the Blue Mountains National Park
and there are numerous lookouts and bushwalks close
by. Its streets are tree-lined and elegant, and
the attractive well-kept houses are commonly surrounded
by European style gardens.
Leura features many beautiful gardens,
some of which, although privately owned, are opened
to the public at various times of the year through
the Open Garden scheme. The famous Everglades features
landscaping by pioneer Australian gardener, Paul
Sorensen. These gardens and the house are owned by
the National Trust and are open to the public year
Places to visit
Containing vast numbers of teahouses, gift shops, restaurants and cafes, there
is nothing else like it in the Blue Mountains.
Completed in 1903 the hotel was built on land offering fine views over the
Leura Gap by a Mr Kensett who aspired to the construction of 'a first class
residential hotel.' Local architect F.C. Goyder executed the spacious and
gracious design. Goyder's design was an adaptation of the Queen Anne style.
This impressive art deco mansion houses the NSW Toy and Railway Museum and
Gardens. The museum features Australia’s largest collection of toys,
dolls, teddy bears and model railways, The toy displays are located within
the lovely old home, while the elegant grounds house an amazing collection
of railway “bits and pieces”. Leuralla is open on weekends.
Gordon Falls Reserve
The reserve offers excellent views of the falls and over the Jamison Valley.
It is the departure point for the easy, 2 km, Gordon Falls to Leura Falls
Walk, (aw) as well as the starting point for the moderately difficult 2km
Lyrebird Dell/Pool of Siloam Circuit Walk.
Sublime Point Lookout
This lookout is regarded by many as the finest of all the lookouts in the Blue
Mountains. It offers excellent views of the Three Sisters and the Jamison
A National Trust property with 5 hectares of gardens which combine native bushland
with displays of European bulbs such as bluebells and daffodils, as well
as the beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas. Discover sandstone terraces,
cool climate trees and shrubs, views of the Jamison Valley, as well as fabulous
picnic areas. Danish-born landscape designer Paul Sorenson created the property
in the 1930s. The Gardens retain memorabilia relating to Sorensen, an Art
Deco residence, a photographic gallery, and wonderful views. The gardens
are spectacular (wonderful) in any season.
The Cliff Drive winds around the edges of the cliffs to Katoomba, and the Three
Sisters. The views across the Megalong and Jamison valleys, the Three Sisters,
the Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary are breath taking.
The spring air is fresh and crisp with
the average temperature around 15 degrees Celsius.
Summer brings warm days with the occasional
cool night. The temperature in the mountains ranges
from cool and damp on the forest floors to hot and
dry on the plateaus. The summer temperature averages
Autumn is a wonderful time in the
Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of autumn
During winter the region receives
the occasional snowfall turning it into a magical
winter playground. The temperature at night can drop
as low as -8 degrees Celsius and can rise to a maximum
of 18 degrees during the day. The average temperature
for winter is 10 degrees.
Mountain weather can be unpredictable
and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared
for all conditions as you can experience quite rapid
changes in weather regardless of the season.
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached
- Via Great Western Highway (M4). This is the
most direct and it is only a 90 minute drive from
Sydney to the centre of the Blue Mountains region.
- Via the Bells Line of Road through Windsor and
Richmond. This road was named after the explorer
Archibald Bell, who navigated the route in 1823.
Trains to the Blue Mountains depart Sydney's
Central Station hourly. The trip from Sydney to Katoomba
takes approximately 2 hours. Trains to Central station
can be accessed directly from Sydney airport.
Several coach companies offer services to the Blue Mountains. There are also
shuttle services available from Sydney Airport and the Sydney Metropolitan
Area to and from all Blue Mountains accommodation.
Leura offers a wide range of accommodation
types including luxurious hotel and spa resorts,
charming cosy guesthouses, cottages, bed and breakfasts,
Tourism Blue Mountains http://www.bluemountainstourism.org.au
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