Leura is a very pretty town with a main street perfect for strolling
browsing. By day enjoy the many cafes, interesting shops and galleries.
At night, feel the romance as the street twinkles with fairy lights.
Take in sweeping views from the Sublime Point Lookout at the end
of Sublime Point Road. Other lookouts are at the Gordon Falls Reserve
in Olympian Parade and the Leura Cascades off Cliff Drive.
The town is famous for its gardens and holds a garden festival
every October when residents open their gates to visitors. The cooler
climate suits many varieties of flowers and shrubs, which will not
grow around Sydney. Leura's showcase is the Everglades Gardens at
37 Everglades Avenue. The garden was created by Paul Sorenson, acclaimed
as Australia's master gardener, in the mid 1930s. Covering 6 hectares
it is a formal garden of trees and shrubs. The Art Deco house is
filled with memorabilia. Open daily 10am to 5pm (phone 4784 1938).
The property is listed by The National Trust as part of Australia's
Big and little children can enjoy the Leuralla Toy and Railway
Museum, housed in a historic mansion at the corner of Olympian Parade
and Balmoral Road. It claims to have the largest collection in Australia
of toys, dolls, teddy bears and model railways. Open daily 10am
to 5pm (phone 4784 1169). Leura has several other galleries, including
The Candy Store with displays of nostalgia, including postcards
and ornate tins. Leura also has a golf course near the Fairmont
Resort, and several up-market restaurants. Katoomba is 3 kilometres
Leura also has a very good golf course and several up-market restaurants.
Katoomba and the world famous three sisters rock formations are
just 3 kilometres up the mountain.