I mentioned Leura briefly before, and almost anyone that decides to jump onto a day tour to the Blue Mountains will stop by. Depending on who you’re with, you may find yourself with a little extra time in Leura and be completely unaware of the kind of things this small township has to offer.
That’s where I come to the rescue!
You’ll find Leura approximately 100 kilometres to the west of Sydney. It’s a quaint little town, with somewhere in the region of 5,000 inhabitants. Even further to the west you’ll find Katoomba.
As with all popular tourist hot-spots, there are a few things that you’ll be able to enjoy during a quick stop over, particularly if you’ve got an hour or two to occupy whilst your tour group stretches their legs.
Now, that isn’t to say that the town doesn’t have a plethora of other interesting and fun activities or trips to get up to. Rather the opposite. But if you do decide you want to spend more time here, I’d advise planning it properly and taking a look over at trip advisor to find all of the hidden gems that aren’t necessarily within Leura itself.
Grab a coffee and a bite to eat
After an early morning start you’ll probably be fancying a bite to eat once you reach Leura. There are an insane amount of options if you’re looking for a place to get some grub, and for the most part they’re all pretty good, or at the very least, decent.
Some places might offer a discount depending on whether you’re with a tour group, so you may want to keep that in mind when choosing.
I opted to simply grab a coffee from Loaves and the Dishes, and spend the rest of my free time exploring, which worked given the amount of muesli I’d managed to devour for breakfast (it was only going to be thrown away anyway), so I didn’t really fancy eating any more.
Squeeze in some last minute shopping
Outside of some of the larger chains such as Woolworths, Leura has a whole host of smaller independent shops to browse at your leisure.
You can find a lot of unusual and interesting things in the town depending on where you cast your attention, like in the antiques shop for example.
If the old and odd doesn’t really interest you, you can always visit Leura Mall. Who knows, you might find something you fall in love with.
Were I to recommend a particular place to get lost, I’d probably suggest Megalong Books. More so if you’ve got a few longer journeys in mind, because you’ll be able to pick up a souvenir that doubles as in-transit entertainment. Win-win there.
Stop off at the chocolate shop
I’ve included this one separately because I think it deserves its own point. Leura has it’s very own chocolate one – and a highly rated one at that. It’s called Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, and if you happen to have a sweet tooth, it’s likely right up your street.
Unfortunately, given the summer heat and the fact I happened to have all of my luggage with me throughout the trip, I was unable to overindulge. Maybe next time, eh?
Nip to the static loo
After a couple of hours on the coach contending with the tiny cubicle on board you’ll be happy to know that, like many Australian towns, Leura has public restroom facilities. Bonus! I’d really recommend taking advantage of these while you can, they’re almost dead centre to Leura, and you’ll likely need to walk past them from wherever your coach parks up. They’re right by Woolies in case you have trouble locating them.
As you’d expect from such a small town, you can easily get around and entertain yourself for a couple of hours, but much longer and you’ll be wanting to jump back onto the coach and continue into the Blue Mountains, or visit Katoomba at the very least.
Hopefully you’ll have gained some inspiration here, but ultimately Leura is a perfectly placed pit-stop to stretch your legs, grab a drink, empty your bladder and maybe indulge in a little retail therapy.
If you’ve found a hidden gem in Leura, please do share and I’ll be happy to add it in!
Otherwise, check out more of my 1-day tour to the Blue Mountains.