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Leura Guidebook

Leura Guidebook

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Leura Streetscapes & Landscapes

Leura Streetscapes & Landscapes

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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

ALERT! The Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre on the Great Western Highway at Glenbrook is closed for a remodel. It will look great after the big work is done. Once it reopens the hours are: Daily, 8:30am to 4pm Monday - Saturday. 8:30am to; 3:30pm Sundays.

LEURA HARVEST FESTIVAL IS ON, SUNDAY 6th MAY. Join in the 3rd annual Scarecrow Competition displayed at Birches Gardens & Gifts. Scarecrows must be made of recycled materials only. For details of the competition, 02 4784 3146 or For Details

SCULPTURE @ SCENIC WORLD 2018 OPENS FRIDAY, 13th, its 7th year. 38 stunning artworks delicately installed by a team of professionals  among the pristine Jurassic rainforest through May 13th. You won't want to miss this exhibition. For details and for accommodation

ROOSTER RESTAURANT (48 Merriwa Street located midway between Leura and Katoomba) with its traditional French cuisine now offers a Monday, Tuesday and Friday Lunch Special.  Head over before you take in Sculpture at Scenic World -- we suggest bookings. With a view out to the escarpment and beautiful sunny days Un coq chante (the rooster crows). Circa 1895 Traditional French Lunch Specials

THE ALEXANDRA HOTEL, 62 Great Western Highway has the perfect outlook over look, lunch or dinner on the terrace is perfect in this weather. Book on weekend nights.  02 4782 4422.

CAFFINE & GASOLINE CAFE, 82 Railway Parade opened some months ago, but we didn't make the turn off The Mall, so we missed out on a charming cafe with terrific coffee and yummy sweets! Seating is rustic both interior and out front -- the perfect way to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. See us on Instagram. Better yet, see us on Railway Pde

MEGALONG BOOKS, Leura's independent bookstore (182 The Mall) -- stop by when you are up in the mountains. Great book choices and, you'll find a staff who reads! [grandparents alert -- a great gift ] This week's recommendation is for young readers. 'Secret of Ron Mor Skeery' Ten-year-old Fiona takes a nostalgic journey back to the islands of Scotland and to the home of her grandparents.  And it is here in the Western isles in a mist of fantasy, lore, and possibility, she reclaims from the sea her lost brother, who as a child became a ward of the seals, totally adapted to the life of the ocean. (Kirkus Review) [See our locator map for Megalong Books] Locate your favourite store or cafe

bentART EXHIBITION (JUNE-LONG WEEKEND). Entries open March 19 and close May 14. Held in Wentworth Falls School of Arts, the exhibition celebrates the works in the visual arts of Australian LGBTQI artists. For more info 2018 bentART

LEURA GARDENS FESTIVAL CHANGE OF DATES -- weekends only. Saturday, 29 September - Monday, 1 October. Friday, 5 October - Sunday 7 October. Mark your calendars 

HANA JAPANESE, is open for lunch and dinner. From Zomato review: 'Went there with my wife for a quick lunch before going for scenic walks at Blue Mountain. Nice atmosphere and the food was actually very good for this price. Japanese chef and waitress working in the restaurant feels like we are in Japan. Good job! '  

TREAD LIGHTLY ECO TOURS. A 2018 Adventure -- breakfast with Australia's finest -- mountain kangeroos. It's an early morning adventure, so an overnight stay is recommended. Breakfast with our Kangaroos

THE WALDORF LEURA GARDENS RESORT is surrounded by delightful gardens and Blue Mountains views. A hearty hot breakfast or, on hot days a cold breakfast is served in the on-site Olive Tree restaurant 20 Fitzroy Street overlooking the nearby golf course. 02 4784 4000. Plan ahead for your accommodation.

 

Today we talk about shopping for the very different, the exquisite and often the exotic: Ainsley Fine Jewellery, Quidditas and Teddy Sinclair -- three of the finest in Leura.

 

    

 

AINSLEY FINE JEWELLERY

Address:175 The Mall
Phone: 02 4784 2807 
Hours: Open 7 days 10am-5pm

A stunning collection of fine jewellery is now in Leura and the staging and display of beautiful pieces in Ainsley Fine Jewellery is a work of art. .Rings - diamond, gold, pearl and gorgeous amber capture our attention on our first visit. You will also find necklaces of gemstones, amethyst, garnet, lemon quartz and a 'stop-in-your-tracks' pair of gold and silver spiral aquamarine drop earrings.

 

Owner, Ainsley Whelan is a jewellery designer, a gemmologist and a diamond grader. With these credentials, we were surprised to find such a young talent heading up the business. Her attention to detail and to design is unusual and exciting for her years.

 

 

      

 

QUIDDITAS CREATIVE ART & GALLERY

Address:88 Railway Parade
Hours: Open Thu-Mon 10am-5pm
Phone: 02 4784 3625

Quidditas is a well turned-out collection of exhibition space, art gallery and shop of exquisite gifts - all rolled into the heritage-listed house and garden on Leura's prestigious Railway Parade. 

In the Quidditas exhibition room, the focus is upon past and present textiles and cultural artefacts from around the world. With items collected by the owner, a clothing and textile designer, exhibition themes change with some frequency.

The gallery shop choices - clothing, jewellery, and tableware are sourced from around the world and you won't find these and other items outside the doors of Quidditas. Unusual French tableware, with an amusing and functional design, was such a temptation for us. Jewellery or the more common term "bling" are all the rage, but the baubles at Quidditas are beyond extraordinary. Gorgeous crocheted Turkish jewellery exceeds even our jaded expectation.

Elegant handmade scarves by French designer Sophie Digard are hand dyed and in lovely colours: merino, mohair and velvets with unrepeatable patterns and designs. Linens and pillows, painted lampshades, gifts for children, striking wrapping paper and cards. Browsing and shopping requires time.

 

 

     

 

TEDDY SINCLAIR

Address:177-179 The Mall
Phone: 02 4784 3154

Two shops under one umbrella, each with a separate shopfront and entrance is unusual for Leura, but proprietors Lindy and Paul Du Moulin seem to manage this unique arrangement with ease and flair.

While we love Teddy's trendy women's shop, in this issue we want to highlight Teddy's 'man cave' shop as it is unique in Leura. Men shopping is, well … rarely easy, but your man won't feel out of place or 'out of sorts' in this stylish tiny shop.

For that edgy look, guys can find modish leather jackets, gorgeous wool or cashmere coats, belts and great Italian or Irish caps and hats for the outing in that sporty car. We purchased a hip Italian wool cap for a friend's 21st and he loved it!

For the traditional guy, don't overlook briefcases, man bags and satchels, which are the exceptional leather accessory. The Toowoomba overnight or carry-on satchel is fantastic - a gorgeous leather in chocolate. This leather is soft and will age beautifully.

Shaving gear, cuff links, watches, scarves and umbrellas: all under one roof. Life made easy for a man who is particular about his style. And if he isn't, dressing your man has never been made easier.

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