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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.



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.


  Lindy Du Moulin

Teddy Sinclair Shops


‘Leura appeals to everyone regardless of age’ and so it must be as daily, internationals and locals alike fill cafés, restaurants and shops. Even when socked-in with fog as thick as pea soup, rarely will The Mall be empty. Perhaps snow in July keeps everyone at home, but a heavy snow blanketing the Blue Mountains has been rare in the 21st century.  


In Leura, Teddy Sinclair is that unusual shop we often seek, and the owner, Lindy is one of those unusual entrepreneurs with a vision and a strategy. Her vision: “I want people to spend time and to experience the store as one would a gallery. A bit like an art instillation.” Her strategy: Travel, watch carefully for trends, but don’t chase trends – they tend to fade. Show the work of artists who create and keep high quality and lots of appeal.


New York, Berlin, Bangkok and Indonesia have often been the hotspots for creativity, so she and artist husband travel the world. An exceptional couple, artist Paul seeks out the creative atmosphere abroad and Lindy finds and chooses the product. Uncommon and extraordinary items – not the flash in the pan or trends that will or can change overnight.  



With a background in interior design and paying attention to her intuition – that often illusive sixth sense – Lindy felt confident in predicting ‘what would sell.’ In the eighties, after a lengthy trip across Europe, she and Paul settled into the Blue Mountains upon their return. With Paul’s career launched, Lindy worked with a business mentor – someone who believed in her. And with her charming personality, believing in Lindy is uncomplicated and stress-free.


So, who is Teddy Sinclair? A favourite and loved uncle to Lindy. The next time you are in the shop, ask her for a story or two.


A year or so after the shop’s opening with sensational women’s clothing and accessories, a tiny space next door came available. With panache and fearlessness, the fabulous men’s apparel of Teddy Sinclair came to life. Others over the years in Leura have tried men’s apparel – none have lasted long. However, Lindy’s ‘cool’ composure and firm conviction has built success and today Teddy’s is one of Leura’s most well-liked and fashionable shops for men – and for women.




We know the combination of quality, affordability and very interesting items play a big role in Teddy Sinclair’s success on The Mall. But then again, an owner’s warm personality, her ability to hire great staff and to build a unique niche are not easy to come by. With Lindy, these traits come naturally.

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