Check the schedule of the Everglades Gardens, a National Trust-administered attraction here which often hosts events and theatre productions in the evenings.
The little town of Leura may be less popular than next-door Katoomba, but not for lack of charm. Its quaint 19th century cottages and hundred-year-old storefronts evoke a more relaxed atmosphere, away from the crowds of its noisier neighbour. A recent development was the Leura Mall, which was carefully designed and constructed, with significant input from the local community, so that it would be as much inkeeping with the existing town as possible. Now it hosts a number of decent restaurants, coffee shops and galleries, and is a great place to relax. If you’re looking for something more scenic, head to the Alexandra Hotel, near the railway station, where you can sip a drink while enjoying spectacular panoramic views over the Leura Gap.
If you’ve come to the Blue Mountains, though, there’s a good chance that you’re looking to explore some of the area’s natural offerings first hand, and there is plenty to see around Leura that avoids the more touristy Scenic World trail. Heading South out of town, you should be able to see Gordon Falls away to your right. Continuing another few hundred metres, you will reach Sublime Point, which affords gorgeous views of the Jamison Valley, and even as far as the seaside city of Wollongong. To get to Echo Point, from which you can see the famous Three Sisters rock formation, there are a number of secluded footpaths through the forest heading southwest out of Leura. On the way you may pass, depending on your route, the Leura Cascades, the Pool of Siloam, the Dardenelles Pass and the panoramic Jamison Point.
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