Style capital of the Blue Mountains, Leura is the very picture of country charm with fabulous dining and some of the finest accommodation in the region, plush resorts to cosy guesthouses and self-contained cottages. Leura’s gardens are a highlight and the town is famous for its spring Garden Festival, held in early October.
Leura Mall is one of the prettiest town centres in the Blue Mountains, classified in its entirety by the National Trust. You'll be surprised and delighted by galleries and antique shops. Stop for a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea, pick up some picnic supplies or just browse the merchandise.
Just off Cliff Drive, Leura Cascades is a beautiful picnic area shaded by giant eucalypts. One of the loveliest short walks in the Blue Mountains, Leura Cascades Track takes you down to several spectacular lookouts, intersecting with other hiking trails that lead to Bridal Veil Falls, the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Fern Bower.
Among the most distinguished of the local gardens, Everglades is the work of the visionary gardener Paul Sorensen. Sorensen was schooled in the great traditions of European landscape gardening yet he had a deep appreciation for native Australian flora. Everglades’ gum trees, gnarled banksias, birches, art deco flourishes and the wisteria-covered pergola are confirmation of his genius.
Leura Garage is a café, restaurant and bar that has put the village on the map as a five-star food destination. The mostly-Mediterranean menu is a study in tantalising tastes, from stone-baked pizzas to char-grilled vegetables and robust dishes tailor-made for appetites honed on the mountain hiking trails.
One of the grand estates of the Blue Mountains and former home of “Doc” Evatt, leader of the Australian Labor Party, Leuralla is now the site of the NSW Toy and Railway Museum and Leuralla Gardens. The five-hectare cool-climate gardens are one of the spring and autumn highlights of the Blue Mountains.