Leura

On the edge of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, Leura comes with charm to spare. Discover character-filled heritage homes, glorious cool climate gardens and a National Trust-classified town centre lined with cherry trees that sends Instagrammers into a frenzy during blossom season. 

Leura highlights

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Parks and gardens 

The magnificent seasonal colours of the Blue Mountains are on full display during the annual Leura Gardens Festival every October, when a number of private estates open their grounds to the public. But many of the region’s splendid parks and gardens are open throughout the year. Don’t miss the historic art deco house, Everglades, which is National Trust listed and draws on the great tradition of European garden design through the visionary work of Danish gardener, Paul Sorensen. 

Walks amid nature 

Explore amazing walks within easy reach of Leura – while some might seem long on paper, you can always do just a section and turn around to return once you feel like you have had enough. Head to Elysian Rock and Olympic lookouts for incredible views of the Jamison Valley and the rear end of the Three Sisters. Both walks will take you less than 20min to complete. 

More incredible vistas can be taken in from the aptly-named Sublime Point, a 5km return walk; while Gordon Falls tumbles 200 metres down the escarpment and marks the end of the seven-kilometre Prince Henry Cliff Walk from Katoomba. For a tranquil picnic, spread your blanket under soaring gums eucalypts at pretty Leura Cascades – it’s a 1.5km return walk. 

Young people on a hike to Olympian Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park

Olympian Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park


Meanwhile, the challenging (but popular) Furber Steps walk offers superb views over Jamison Valley. Descending into the valley, you’ll enter a world of lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls. As you stop to gaze across at majestic Mount Solitary rising out of the valley floor, you might hear the call of the catbird or wompa pigeon.

Man enjoying the sun rising over the Three Sisters from the Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track, Leura

Furber Steps, Leura

Retail therapy 

Leura is also the Mountains’ most vibrant shopping centre, with a host of eclectic homewares, fashion and antique shops. Browse for gifts and retro clothing, marvel at the extensive teapot collection and other antiques at Bygone Beautys. A collective of Blue Mountains artisans and makers, The Nook is stocked with everything from macrame plant hangers and handmade pottery to silk scarves and silver trinkets as well as fashion and homewares. 

Wiradjuri artist Brett Groves is the founder and creator of Bilingarra Indigenous Art and Culture in Leura, where you can view his incredible works and even join an art workshop. Then stock up on delicious homemade chocolates at Josophan's – they sell blocks, clusters, drinking chocolate, ice-cream toppings… and so much more. 

If you want to hear the stories and legends of the Blue Mountains, sigh up for a guided walk with Mountains Tales – your host has lived here all her life, and there’s not much she doesn’t know about this part of the world.  
 

Josophans Chocolate Shop part of sightseeing tour with FJ Tours, Leura

FJ Tours, Leura

Restaurants, cafes and bars 

Leura Gourmet looks like a regular cafe on the main street, but the seating area at the back has spectacular views over the valley through floor-to-ceiling windows. It's the place for breakfast and lunch, or you can pick up local gourmet treats to take with you on a picnic. To capture the botanical essence of the village, don’t miss brunch at Sorensen’s Glasshouse, a plant nursery and cafe tucked away in a shady back street. Another legendary establishment is Leura Garage, an award-winning restaurant that showcases local producers through seasonal menus. If you want to splash out, Embers Restaurant at the Fairmont Blue Mountains not only dazzles with impeccable cuisine, but also offers stunning vistas over the Jamison Valley.  

Food and drink at Embers Restaurant inside the Fairmont Resort & Spa, Leura

Embers Restaurant inside the Fairmont Resort & Spa, Leura


Warm up with the best hot chocolate in the Blue Mountains at Josophan's or enjoy a cocktail at the cosy Polar Bear of Leura. 

People entering chocolate shop with Sydney Adventure Tours at Josophan's Chocolate Shop, Leura

Sydney Adventure Tours, Leura

Where to stay

You’ll find some of the finest accommodation in the Blue Mountains in Leura, from family-friendly resorts such as Fairmont Resort & Spa, to cosy guesthouses and self-contained cottages. There are also many secluded and romantic cottages nestled amongst the gorgeous ferns and bushland surrounding the town. 

Getting there

Leura is a 1hr 40min drive from Sydney and is less than 5min from Katoomba. It is also easily accessed by train from Central Station on the Blue Mountains line, and the journey takes around two hours.

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