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Leura Streetscapes & Landscapes

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Wednesday(April 7) Leura was definitely in a holiday mood -- groups of international student and otherwise travellers filled the streets along side parents & kids (Australian school break) enjoying another perfect sunny day.  At times, we want solitude; other times we love being in the middle of what seems like a party -- laughter, voices, walking along a crowded mall -- the human party. And this was Leura at her best -- as though all her invited guests had shown up and she, too was enjoying the party.

From the Gourmet Deli, we broke our 'dieting will' and chose a blood orange ice cream -- our only defense, "low calories".  The blood orange was fantastic, yummy! Stopped in at Megalong Books, the favorite independent  in the Blue Mountains looking for a very dated novel -- 1930's. The staff is amazing -- they actually read! Couldn't recall the author's name and voila, they recognized the title and identified the author.

We walked down to Canfield Studio http://www.canfield.com.au/ on Craigend Street. (see map http://www.leurabluemountainsguide.com/blue-mountains-maps.html)  Artist Jane Canfield opens by appointment and also the last Sunday of the month. This amazing young artist . . . well, we'll save this part of our 'perfect autumn day in Leura' for another post . . .

Sublime Point Lookout, Sublime Point Road, Leura

We suggest you consider this walk because of its stunning beauty and, because it is out of the way many visitors to the Blue Mountains fail to find it.

The walk out to Sublime Point Lookout is an easy walk but is NOT recommended for small children.  http://www.leurabluemountainsguide.com/blue-mountains-maps.html  This map is for illustrative purposes only, but it will give you a visual of the lookout and the escarpment along the Leura side of Jamison Valley.

Unfortunately the sightseeing buses do not drive out to the point, but will drop you off approximately one kilometer from the site - trekkers walking through the residential area to the parking lot is a common sight.

Once in the parking lot, it will take you only 5 minutes - approximately 750 metres - to walk to the lookout, down steep steps, so use caution. Wear shoes that grip and in winter, warm clothes and gloves. The steps are steep and rocky and after a rain, can be muddy. Stuff your hat in your backpack as the wind can come up the canyon suddenly and hats go flying.

We're adding a link to a podcast of the walk, http://www.leurabluemountainsguide.com/blue-mountains-bushwalk. html. The podcast will give you a full description of the walk, the scenery and the joy we experienced upon discovering Sublime Point. Often, the lookout feels as though it is yours alone - an early morning visit and you may be the only person there.

Enjoy!