Leura is a small picturesque town in the Blue Mountains region of the Australian state of New South Wales, located some 100 km from central Sydney and situated at an altitude of 985 m above sea level. The village you see today is bustling with a constant parade of visitors. They arrive by car, by Sydney tour buses and by the Blue Mountains train. While known for maintaining its unique heritage village, Leura is a shopper's paradise with charming botiques, casual cafes and sophisticated restaurants. You'll never be hungry in Leura. Leura is framed upon a background of stunning natural wonders, bare sandstone landscapes and a rough terrain of dense eucalypt forests.
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Walking Leura For the most stunning panoramic view of the Jamison Valley, try the short and not too difficult walk to Sublime Point Lookout. This is not a walk for small children. Walking shoes with a good grip are strongly recommended. The walk is approximately 10 minutes from the car park on Sublime Point Road and is paved until you reach the steps. The steps are steep and rocky, so caution is advised. The best view is quite literally on the rock's edge. This is the setting that humans have seen for thousands of years, for the view out to Mt. Solitary is too powerful and too beautiful to have been overlooked by the Aboriginal people in the Blue Mountains.
A Shopper's Paradise Leura is renowned for its shops, and you could easily spend your whole day browsing and buying in this charming village. As if for your convenience, specialty shops, restaurants and stores selling necessities line up, side by side, on the street fronts, up a flight of stairs or tucked away in an arcade. It is possible to shop immediately as you step from your car, for a number of shops are located in turn-of-the century cottages alongside the only car park. In 2007, a number of new, very smart shops and cafes opened in Leura and while keeping the unique heritage look of Leura, new construction of a retail/residential complex opening on The Mall is now underway, although opposed by locals who fear the new complex will destroy the village's character.
mrs peel vintage to modern. Situated right next to the Post Office, off the Leura Mall, you'll find 'mrs peel'. It specialises in fashionable, wearable vintage clothing, jewellery and homewares. It also stocks some great contemporary labels as it's owners are constantly on the lookout for new and quirky additions to complement their great vintage stock for both men and women.
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Discover historic Leura. Get out for an hour in sensible shoes and a broad-brimmed hat and see how Leura developed in the 19th century. At Megalong Books and several of the cafes, you'll find "Leura Blue Mountains Walking Tour & Guidebook" which includes a leisurely paced self-guided tour designed to open the senses to sights, sounds and scents you may have missed before in Leura. There's a bit of history and architectural facts and a bit of local residents' cheekiness throughout. The tour is time for small details. However, it ends on The Mall, just in time for tea and a sweet at one of the many cafes.