LeuraLocation: Blue Mountains
Leura, a locality in the City of Blue Mountains, is one of the series of small towns stretched along the Blue Mountains railway line and Great Western Highway that bisects the Blue Mountains National Park. Leura's elevation of 985 metres above sea level leads to occasional snowfall in winter and a climate that reflects all four seasons distinctly. Leura is home to many formal, English-style, cool-climate gardens, which provide elegant walks and the opportunity to visit when open to the public in early October each year.
Location: 100 km by road from Sydney. Leura is adjacent to Katoomba, the largest centre in the upper mountains, and the two towns merge along Leura s western edge.
Leura is called the Garden Village, and every October the Leura Gardens Festival is held. The Leura Gardens Festival is a registered charity and raises money for the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital in Katoomba by opening private gardens to the public. Not connected with the garden festival but also held at the same time is the ever popular Leura Village Fair.
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Bridal Veil Falls
Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum: the Southern Hemisphere's largest collection of toys, trains and associated memoribilia. Whether you re a family or a serious collector, the world class displays of 20th century toys, from Barbie, Popeye, Tintin to Alice in Wonderland, will captivate and entertain. Location: 36 Olympian Parade. Ph. (02) 4784 1169.
Natural attractions include Sublime Point to the south, which offers panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, and Leura Cascades in the southwest. There is a network of tracks that goes from Links Road to Echo Point, taking in many attractions along the way, including the Pool of Siloam, Leura Cascades, Leura Falls, Jamison Lookout, Linda Falls and the Dardanelles Pass, before ascending to Echo Point via the Giant Stairway. The area is popular for bushwalking and photography.
Leura Oval to End of Gladstone Rd: Time: 1 Hr. 0.5 km SSW of Leura. Length: 1.6 km. Blue Mountains National Park. Climb: 115 m
The walk from Leura Oval to Gladstone Rd is a fantastic way of exploring a small section of the Blue Mountains National Park. You will visit number of scenic spots including the Pool of Siloam and Golf Links Lookout. The cave, picnic area and waterfall at Lyrebird Dell make this a nice place to stop early in the walk. This walk is an excellent way to cross the valley.
Leura Oval to End of Gladstone Rd: Lyrebird Dell walk: Time: 30 mins. 0.5 km SSW of Leura. Length: 0.5 km. Blue Mountains National Park. Climb: 38 m
Lyrebird Dell is a glorious and culturally significant location in the Blue Mountains. This walk follows the shortest route to the picnic area in a large sandstone cave. You will find the cave nestled into the hillside beside a lovely waterfall. The cave enjoys a long history with the traditional owners and is home to an basic picnic area, making a great place to be still and enjoy this valley.
Pool of Siloam: Time: 30 mins. 0.9 km S of Leura. Length: 0.6 km. Blue Mountains National Park. Climb: 68 m
This lovely walk takes you from the grassy area of Gordon Falls Reserve down through the lush vegetation and cliffs to the Pool of Siloam. The Pool and waterfall is an amazing place and cool place on warmer summer days. This walk is a great way to explore a part of the Blue Mountains after a picnic in the park and a chance to enjoy the cooler climate with the large fern trees.
Bridal Veil View Lookout Leura: Time: 30 mins. 0.9 km SW of Leura. Length: 1 km. Blue Mountains National Park. Climb: 64 m
This short walk from Cliff Drive, Leura, heads out to pretty Bridal Veil View Lookout. At the base of a staircase, the lookout provides great views of Bridal Veil Falls. There is also an optional side trip to Tarpeian Rock, which is well worth the extra time, providing great views up the Jamison valley.
Golf Links Lookout from Gladstone Rd: Time: 30 mins. 1.2 km SSE of Leura. Length: 0.8 km. Blue Mountains National Park. Climb: 44 m
This pleasant walk offers some scenic views on the way to the breath taking Golf Links Lookout. There are many steps on this worthwhile walk to one of the Blue Mountains gems. From the lookout there are grand views across the Jamison Valley, along Narrow Neck and to Mount Solitary. A great spot to stop and enjoy the view before heading back up the stairs.