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Shakespeare Festival 2017
Everglades Gardens is a magical setting for the Sydney-based Sport for Jove theatrical company. Two plays are performed over three weekends by this talented company in the beautiful outdoor setting – performances are captivating. Bring a comfortable chair and a picnic – theatregoers come early to share food with friends or family before the ‘curtain’ goes up. Cafés on the Mall will provide takeaway hampers. It does get chilly as the evening progresses so bring jumpers and blankets, and a torch for navigation back to your transportation in the dark after the show.
Leura Harvest Festival 2017
7 May 2017
The Leura Harvest, part of the Autumn Sustainable Food Festival, opens the first weekend in May. An impressive line-up of horticulture speakers is scheduled throughout the day. Of course, vendors will line The Mall offering locally grown organic produce from sustainable gardens along with some tasty brews. Local cafés and restaurants will showcase seasonal produce on their menus. But drawing the greatest crowd, the competitions: The Scarecrow Competition, The Chook Show, and the Chocolate Cake Bake off.
Leura CWA Hall Markets
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
CWA Hall, Megalong Street
02 4784 2152
Leura 1st Sunday Markets
First Sunday of each month
Leura Public School
Great Western Highway
0432 021 863
Leura is an enchanting village located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. With its Edwardian storefronts and 19th century cottages, Leura sits framed upon a background of stunning natural wonders: sandstone escarpment, dense eucalypt forests and rugged terrain.
LEURA'S BULLETIN BOARD
GREYSTANES GOLF DAY, 31 MARCH the annual event is changing venues in 2017 to keep golfers challenged. Location, Wentworth Falls Country Club. For bookings, 02 4784 1118.
EVERGLADES GARDENS GALLERY: "RESURRECT" -- A collaboration of printmaker, Jan Melville and photographic artist, Tracy Ponich. Dates April 8 - April 30 . Melville's work tells tales of boats, birds and goddesses while Ponich photographs show us the land and all its elements. Celebration & Artists' talks, Saturday 15, 1-4pm. All are welcome (free).
EVERGLADES GARDENS: April 16 10am - 3pm. IT'S EASTER SUNDAY, 'FUNDAY'. in the lower garden. Gigantic Easter Egg Hunt, entertainment and oodles of games plus yummy food. (fee) 02 4784 1938.
IF TRAVELING BY CAR UP TO LEURA, stop by the Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre on the Great Western Highway at Glenbrook -- the first village of the mountains trip. Pick up a copy of our 2017 Leura Guide and other guides about NSW destinations. The staff are BETTER than terrific! Hours: Open Daily, 8:30am to 4pm Monday - Saturday 8:30am to; 3:30pm Sundays.
QUIDDITAS CREATIVE ARTS GALLERY on 88 Railway Parade was a main attraction over the weekend even with the rain. It seems that parking is an issue, but that did not damper enthusiastic visitors. Jewellery was the main draw -- perhaps we like a bit of bling during the holidays. Visit their great gallery shop -- we are certain you will find some great items also.
LEURA VINTAGE RETRO/DECO, Shop 9 178 The Mall (off the parking) has added a new wing and it is smashing. Men's vintage apparell now has a space all its own shop next door to the women's vintage. Fantastic hats -- we love those 40s & 50s styles -- summer and winter styles. Open 7 days
MEGALONG BOOKS & GIFTS N THINGS DISPLAY FREE COPIES OF 2016/17 LEURA GUIDE. Yours for the taking. Check out events, read about Leura's remake by the business women and men. See photos if the 1957 Bushfire. Lots & lots of photos! Leura Walking Tour & Guidebook at Megalong.
Welcome... to Leura - The Garden Village
The weather has been absolutely stunning for several months now - gorgeous temperate days but with sufficient rain to fill our waterfalls to overflowing. We seem to have a constant supply of visiting tourists: the Mall is crowded with shoppers; cafes are busy preparing lunch; day-trekkers walk the trails along the escarpment and excited grinning rock climbers practice early morning rappelling at Sublime Point.
We live in the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains where a thick misty cloud layer appears at dawn, but within minutes the sun dispenses with it - the grandeur of the escarpment now apparent. Assuming the role of 'tour guide' to an American guest this week gets us out exploring the natural sights surrounding Leura.
Along Cliff Drive, the sandstone walls constantly shift colours. With each imperceptible movement of the early morning sun, surprises unfold. Rust coloured crevices appear where yellow flat sandstone walls had been only moments before. The eucalypt-covered valley below seems to ripple with a slow incoming green tide. The eerie silence over the smooth rock of Sublime Point Lookout takes our breath away - civilization is removed. Well, civilization is at least remote.
Everglades House & Gardens basks in autumnal beauty - a thin mist veils the Grotto pool and the waterfall high above plummets with mesmerising resonance to the lush greenery below. Busy gardeners cut and clear for winter, plant for and anticipate spring. The natural milieu surrounding Leura is our backdrop - a scenic background upon which we carry out our lives, century after century after century.
An Edwardian Village
By eight, morning life in Leura stirs - the smell of strong coffee and baking croissants wafts over The Mall. A few visitors are out, but the quiet of a cathedral is present - soundless steps, indistinguishable voices. Only noisy birds seem indifferent to our slow-waking, somewhat sacred rituals. Leura is our respite - the holiday getaway of many as it has been since land speculators recognised the possibilities of the area and in December of 1881, grabbed the lion's share of what would become 'Leura Estate'.
Leura, with its wide streets, its proximity to the bush and its frequently changing weather was a draw card for Sydney-siders then as it is now. In 1905, The Alexandra Guesthouse and Hotel was built, looking out to Jamison Valley and overlooking the train tracks. Weatherboard buildings along The Mall were dual-purposed: retail shops on the ground level and family housing on the first. As the years passed, the structures weathered, faded and fell into disarray. By 1921, The Mall was dusty or muddy, depending upon the season. By the 1950s Leura was asleep, forgotten by its neighbors in Medlow Bath, Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.
Two decades passed. Instigated by residents and proprietors, veranda posts were replaced and store fronts painted once again in muted colours. Leura awoke. Its Edwardian charm and its Sydney-sider visitors returned.
Today the Edwardian look, much like the colours of that day, is muted and you may overlook that era's influence. But the charm is only a step away - inside: Leura Cellars, Wayzgoose Café, Gifts-n-Things, Max & Me, and Silks Brasserie with its 15 foot ceilings and recessed doorway. Here, you are carried back to Leura's early days. On the corner of The Mall and Megalong Streets, Bon-Ton Bistro began life as a 1917 butcher shop and a 1920s petrol station is now home to Bakehouse on Wentworth. At the corner of Grose and Megalong Streets, a large brick bungalow began life as a residence in 1913. Today, with its impressive verandah, Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms serves up elegant high teas. And up on Railway Parade, Quidditas Gallery is housed in an elegant building that has occupied that street since the turn of the century. Granted, building fronts have been modernised and additions have been completed, but the interiors are lovely reminders of the early residents and proprietors who coaxed Leura awake once more.
Now, often crowded with international visitors, Leura is the jewel of the Blue Mountains. Its millions-year-old valley. Ancient sandstone, gold and rust. The hustle and bustle of shops and cafés. Of modernity. The hushed stillness that arrives at dawn and at sunset. These are memories we cherish.
Gateway to the Blue Mountains
Address: Great Western Highway, Glenbrook
Hours: Opening Hours (except Christmas Day) Monday–Saturday 8.30am–4.00pm, Sunday 8.30am–3.30pm
Echo Point, Katoomba
Address: At the Three Sisters viewing site Echo Point Road
Hours: Opening Hours (except Christmas Day) 9.00am – 5.00pm daily