Known as the picturesque garden village, Leura is a charming hamlet in the Blue Mountains with stunning scenery and plenty of fresh mountain air.
I previously ventured on a tourism Day Tour to the Blue Mountains, which included a 30 minute lunch-stop in Leura, and from what little I saw of the tree-lined main street, I knew I had to explore further!
First on the agenda was the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, which follows a cliff edge from Leura Cascades picnic area to Gordon Falls. This moderate walking track offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and passes many small and large waterfalls. It’s a well marked route and takes just over an an hour to make the round trip. It’s a great walk to stretch your legs and enjoy the nature surrounding Leura – I even managed to jump out of the way of a eastern brown snake!
Once back at the picnic area, we drove over to Leura Mall, which is the main street of the village. There are cosy cafes, unique vintage stores, day spas, traditional toy shops, and home-made chocolate stores to name a few things to do.
The old-time Candy Store was especially great for the nostalgic trip down memory lane with its sweets from all over the world, including all of the classic British treats. The Leura Vintage store was also a special favourite as it specialises in vintage style fashion and accessories. I bought a flapper-inspired evening dress which is lovely, though I have to go out more often so I can wear it!
A short walk from Leura Mall is Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms, which is the world’s largest private collection of teawares, so I of course had to visit. There are more than 5,500 teapots on display from all over the world and there is also a tea room which offers their specialty Devonshire Tea. And if you’re feeling particularly fancy, there’s an extravagant traditional high-tea option, complete with silver service style and a triple-tier cake stand (bookings required).
To finish off the day, we headed over to the beautiful Evaglades House and Gardens. “Everglades will charm with its grace and beauty.” It’s a world-renowned garden set against a back-drop of bush and sweeping views. In the middle of the 5.2 hectares gardens is a Moderne-style 1930s home.
I had read great reviews about this place, but I was still pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the experience. There are so many winding paths taking you in different directions; I’m not sure that we even got to see everything! Evaglades is a definite must-do if you go Leura – I doubt there are many places like this left in Australia.
We are planning to come back again in winter; Leura feels like the perfect spot to rug up, eat lots and maybe enjoy a little snow if we’re lucky!