The picturesque garden village of Leura lies just 119 km west of Sydney, or 90 minutes drive and 117 minutes by City Rail. It is one of the cluster of upper-mountain towns built along the Blue Mountains rail line and the Great Western Highway, overlooking the spectacular world heritage Blue Mountains National Park.
‘Leura’ is thought to have been derived from the Aboriginal word meaning “lava”.
The village of approximately 4,420 people is 985 metres above sea level - a cooler climate with a distinct four seasons.
Leura in Four Seasons
Summer in Leura can be five or so degrees cooler and less humid than Sydney. Take a bush walk though lush rainforest and a dip in a natural pool at the Leura Cascades. Picnic at one of the many lookouts and witness the everchanging colours of the famous mountain escarpments. Catch the annual Shakespeare Festival in Leura, set among the Sorensen designed gardens of the National Trust 'Everglades'. Join the fun in February as Leura presents the ‘Automobile Picnic in the Mall’ as part of the ‘Roaring Twenties...and all that Jazz Fesitval’, with vintage cars and people in period costume dancing the ‘Charleston’.
Autumn colours are brilliant and the days are often warm and clear, with cooler nights for a cosy night in. Walk down the streets of Leura to enjoy the colourful grandeur of majestic old weatherboard houses adorned in maple reds and golds.
Winter chills encourage days of shopping and enjoying a hot coffee at the Leura Mall. The main street of Leura is lined with lovely historic buildings housing fashion boutiques, vintage goods, great cafes and stylish homewares. In the evenings you can join the ‘Yuletide in July’ festivities and enjoy a traditional ‘white christmas’ with all the trimmings. Alternatively, have a relaxing night in by a roaring fire with a great bottle of red and some sumptuous comfort food.
And then Spring, the winter is shaken off and elegant gardens come alive with blossoming trees, glorious bulbs and the Leura Open Gardens Festival. Mature cherry trees send a storm of pale pink petals over one of Leura’s favourite annual events – The Leura Village Fair.
Whether you are looking for a day trip, a special weekend away or a longer holiday break, Leura offers something special for everyone at any time of the year.