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25 Sep 2020
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A Daytrip in Lovely Leura

Leura brings old world charm to the Blue Mountains with its historic houses, gorgeous gardens, world-class restaurants and unique shops. We’ve pulled together a full day of fun for your next trip to this vibrant garden village.

Please note, due to current Government restrictions, many accommodation providers and venues have limited capacity and operating hours. We strongly suggest calling ahead to discuss these changes with the location when possible to avoid disappointment. 


Lily's Pad Café
Starting with the most important meal of the day, head to Lily's Pad Café. This local favourite is a quiet oasis off the main street of Leura serving up fantastic coffee and crowd favourites. If you're looking to fill up for the big day ahead, try Lily's big breakfast. If you're after something lighter, opt for the Smashed Avocado which receives rave reviews! 
All jams, chutneys and desserts are made in house and take away are available.


Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum
Show the kids know what life was like before Pokémon Go and Fortnite. Housed in a 20th century mansion set among 12 acres of beautiful gardens, Leuralla is an excellent spot for big and small kids alike!

Everglades House & Gardens
Everglades is a quintessential Leura experience, with its spacious manicured grounds and striking Art Deco homestead. Wander through time among the European-style gardens, look out over the Jamison Valley from various lookouts and take in the tranquil Reflection Pool. Bookings essential.


Red Door Cafe
After a big morning, it's time for a well-earned lunch. The famous Red Door Café has something for everyone with a range of reasonably priced café meals. Sit by the large front window which faces Leura Mall for a spot of people watching, or hideaway in the outdoor area with a cuddly blanket and beautiful overhanging trees. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.


Now it's time to hit Leura Mall! Leura is best known for two things; gardens and shopping, and once you lay eyes on Leura Mall's cherry blossom filled streets, you'll quickly discover why. With vintage charm and unique retailers, you can easily spend a whole afternoon wandering in and out of the shops that line the street.
Walk into independent bookstore Megalong Books and you're met with floor to ceiling shelves of classic titles and the comforting smell of fresh pages. A few doors up you will find iKOU's flagship store. This natural skincare business was started in a Blackheath couples' kitchen before the pair opened their first retail space in Leura. They are now a global outfit stocked in some of the most luxurious resorts and spas in the world!
For the fashionistas, try Mrs Peel Modern Vintage for a one of a kind find, or Teddy Sinclair to treat yourself with a trendy but timeless accessory. For the little ones, you can't go past the famous Candy Store or the Leura Toy Shop.

The 'Alex'
Would you like stunning, breathtaking views with your pint or pinot? At the Alexandra Hotel beer garden you get just that. Overlooking the Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary, this beer garden is Leura's best kept secret. Let the kids run around while you put your feet up and soak up the afternoon sun.


The Bunker Leura
You'll be surprised to find this hidden gem is located right in the heart of Leura! Soak in The Bunker's gorgeous gardens and watch the sunset over the Jamison Valley as the kids enjoy the swing set on the lush green grass. The extensive menu covers everything from breakfast to dessert. For dinner, we can't go past house-made gnocchi or the duck and pork ragu! Bookings recommended.

Silk's Brasserie
This Blue Mountains institution has been serving up beautiful meals for over 20 years. Located in Leura Mall, Silk's Brasserie is warm and inviting with its crisp white table cloths and mood lighting. The à la carte menu is full of modern Australian dishes with a French flair, which is also reflected in the wine list, with mostly local drops on offer. Bookings essential.