Leura, sometimes called the “Jewel in the Mountains Crown,” is a small Blue Mountains village located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of Sydney. Smaller than neighboring Katoomba, with a quaint, cherry tree lined town center called the Leura Mall, the village exudes mill-town charm. There are cafes, bakeries, antiques shops, and high-end boutiques, with brightly colored flowers decorating the streets.
Visitors often stop in Leura for a relaxing lunch while sightseeing in the Blue Mountains, The village is packed with dining and shopping options, and is also home to its own bush walks like the Leura Cascades, Leura Forest, Gordon Falls, and Sublime Point, which leads to a luxury golf course. Visitors can also stop by the Everglades Gardens, a lovingly maintained 1930s Heritage Trust site with a grotto pool and teahouse.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Laura is known for its meticulously maintained flower gardens. Many of the town’s gardens are private, but they open to the pubic during the annual Garden Festival.
- There are a number of dining options from casual to upscale in the village.
- Give yourself ample time to explore Leura’s town center with antiques shops, trendy boutiques, cafes and coffee shops.
How to Get There
Leura is located in the Blue Mountains about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of central Sydney. The villa can be reached by car: it’s about a 90-minute drive or a 2-hour train ride on the Blue Mountains Line from Sydney’s Central Station.
When to Get There
Laura offers different activities and local festivals throughout the year. The popular, annual Garden festival and village fair take place in October.
The Three Sisters is an ancient rock formation located in the Blue Mountains National Park in the town of Katoomba, just a short drive or train ride from Leura. The towering trio of stones has a mythical dimension: An Aboriginal Dreamtime legend tells of three sisters who lived in the Jamison Valley, fell in love with three brothers from a rival tribe, and were forbidden to marry. Visitors can access the landmark via Echo Point.