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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.

 

The weather may be playing us -- but The Alex is great, inside or out -- while mild and temperate weather is with us! The verandah beckons on these warmer days. The view is smashing!

THE ALEXANDRA

Address: 62 Great Western Highway, Phone: 02 4782 4422 
Hours: Open daily 12 Noon, Music on Sunday 1pm–4pm

'The Alex' [as it is fondly known] is a popular place with both locals and visitors, particularly on weekends, so we strongly recommend booking ahead for weekend dining.

We love the ambience of 'The Alex'. Out on the terrace, families occupy large picnic tables on a sunny school holiday – our weather has been unusual this autumn. The terrace is an incredible setting – you can see the whole of Leura below and the added bonus, you can watch passengers debark on the Blue Mountains trains. Railway travel entrances our little ones.

Recently we ventured away from our usual menu choice and ordered the slow roasted rosemary and mint lamb shanks – so tender, so delicious. The Redfern Bistro is casual yet the lovely bar, the white linens and the fire, when the weather is nippy give that touch of class to Leura dining.

If you want a light homemade lunch 'Alex-style', spring rolls and the soup of the day from the entrée listings are perfect. Or if there is a starving teenager in your family, a huge stacked gourmet burger with all the trimmings and a generous serving of chips is definitely a hit after a day of trekking. Friday and Sunday evenings can get crowded, so call for bookings to avoid a wait. 


From TripAdvisor …

"A lovely place for lunch.

Te food was wonderful. The ambience was beautiful. Very reasonably priced and great service. I really enjoyed my meal and so did my husband. Would recommend to others."

"We decided to eat at the Alexandra Hotel as it was close to where we were staying, we ended up coming back for the three nights as the food was truly beautiful!! Big thumbs up to the chef!!! Also the staff. Mike Jackie and the team were polite, helpful and very accommodating".

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