Things to See and Do
Things to See and Do in Blue Mountains
Things to See and Do
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Luxuries of Leura Mall!
Leura is located 105km west of Sydney and is known as the Garden Village of the Blue Mountains because of its beautiful gardens and Federation style homes.
With its crisp mountain air and scenic natural beauty its Mall contains a variety of specialty gourmet shops, gift shops, coffee houses and restaurants. Leura’s streets are tree-lined and elegant; its houses are attractive and surrounded by the English style colourful gardens.
A stroll down to The Mall with its fashion boutiques, bric-a-brac shops, art galleries, book shops, tea houses, gift shops, restaurants and cafes, is an experience you should not miss. A favourite with everyone is The Candy Store, an old-time lolly shop with over 1000 jars of sweets.
Major attractions in the area include Leurella, Everglades Gardens and Gordon Falls Reserve. Everglades Gardens is a National Trust property with 5 hectares of gardens with a mix of native bush land and exotic plants. The garden contains wonderful displays of bluebells, daffodils, rhododendrons and azaleas. It was created in the 1930’s by a Danish born landscape designer, Paul Sorenson, who was working, sometimes with as many as 60 assistants, for Henri Van de Velde, a wealthy Sydney businessman.
Whilst in Leura check out Gordon Falls Reserve – at the end of Olympian Parade, which offers views of the falls as well as the Jamison Valley. Or wander up to Sublime Point Lookout. At this spot you will experience views of the Jamison Valley with its green covered carpets of trees and the Three Sisters in reverse.
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Where better to stay in the Blue Mountains than Leisure Inn Spires!
Set on 3 acres of rolling landscaped gardens, Leisure Inn Spires offers spacious studio apartments as well as self-contained, one and two bedroom apartments Set on 3 acres of rolling landscaped gardens, Leisure Inn Spires offers spacious studio apartments as well as self-contained, one and two bedroom apartments.
After a day of sightseeing, relax in your modern apartment complete with internet access, telephone with voicemail, spacious balconies, cable TV, air conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Our studio apartments offer kitchenette facilities whilst our one and two bedroom apartments feature a spa bath and full kitchen facilities including dishwasher.
The hotel also provides guests the convenience of off-street, secure parking and full laundry facilities. For those who prefer to leave the car at home, the hotel is conveniently located a one minute walk from Leura Train Station. Click Here to read more about Leisure Inn Spires.
At the edge of Australia’s largest city discover the Blue Mountains, a tempting combination of breathtaking nature, romantic accommodation, fine restaurants and indulgent shopping. It’s the perfect place to re-connect with nature and rejuvenate the soul in Australia’s most accessible wilderness. The Blue Mountains World Heritage area is one of the Australia’s natural wonders. Stretching for over one million hectares it is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heathlands, commencing less than 90 minutes from central Sydney.
The region has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country. At Katoomba, the Three Sisters gaze out to the imposing presence of Mount Solitary. Mountain streams flow through beautiful river gorges or tumble over the escarpment in stunning waterfall displays.
Nature and Wildlife
The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is home to 10% of Australia’s biodiversity. The region is a birdwatchers paradise. Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are a spectacular sight, while king parrots, crimson rosellas, gang-gang cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets provide a flash of colour through the trees. At dawn and dusk eastern grey kangaroos can be seen in large numbers at places such as Euroka Clearing or the Kedumba Valley. The region is home to over 100 different types of eucalypt species, from towering Blue Gum forests in the valleys to the beauty of Snow Gums on the upper peaks. In the deep sheltered valleys remnants of warm temperate rainforests can be found.
The Blue Mountains region is a playground for adventurers. Whether its fishing or hiking, climbing or cycling, the major problem is squeezing it all into one visit. The region has one of the best walking trail networks in the country, from gentle rambles, to longer walks deep into the wilderness. The Megalong Valley offers some of Australia’s best horse riding, while endless mountain bike trails wind through the wilderness.
For millions of years nature has carved the rugged sandstone escarpments and outcrops of the Blue Mountains into the perfect platform for rock sports of every kind. Rockclimbers from all over the world ascend the region’s sheer sandstone cliffs, which double as awesome abseiling walls. Canyoners abseil, swim and jump down the watery pathways of mountain streams. If you want to head underground, explore some of the best show caves in Australia at Jenolan Caves, or don a hard hat for a spot of adventure caving.
Relax and unwind
Enjoy aromatherapy, massage and beauty treatments in one of the region’s health spas. If you like to combine fine food with breathtaking views, the Blue Mountains has some of the best dining experiences in Australia. The region’s quaint villages are filled with art galleries, antique emporiums and fine craft stores. The shopping is excellent, reflected in the works of local artists, from painters and photographers, to sculptors, wood turners, potters and glass blowers.
Golfers can choose from a range of challenging courses. The 14th at Leura Golf Club is arguably one of Australia’s most scenic golf holes.
The Blue Mountains are more than just a day tour destination. Sunrises and sunsets are stunning, and the best times to take photos or see wildlife.
Book an escarpment view table at one of our renowned local restaurants and enjoy a spectacular sunset, or a candle lit dinner. After dark, take a glow worm tour with a local guide, admire the brilliant night sky at a small intimate observatory, or marvel at the Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls by moonlight.