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Fast Facts

Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Leura
1.42 hours 100km
Canberra to Leura
4.42 hours 340km
Closest Capital City:
Sydney 100kms
Closest Airport:
Sydney 107kms
Elev:985m
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About Leura

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 round.

Places to visit

The Mall
Containing vast numbers of teahouses, gift shops, restaurants and cafes, there is nothing else like it in the Blue Mountains.

Hotel Alexandra
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.

Leuralla
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 Valley.

Everglades Gardens
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.

Cliff Drive
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.

Climate

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 22 degrees.

Autumn is a wonderful time in the Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of autumn leaves.

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.

Getting there

By Car
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached either

  • 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.

By Train
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.

By Coach
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.

Accommodation

Leura offers a wide range of accommodation types including luxurious hotel and spa resorts, charming cosy guesthouses, cottages, bed and breakfasts, and houses.

 

More information

Tourism Blue Mountains http://www.bluemountainstourism.org.au

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