If you’re planning a trip to the Blue Mountains you might find it useful to look at a few things to do in Leura. Leura is a picturesque township, and many a day tour to the Blue Mountains will stop by.
Depending on your tour operator, you may find yourself with a little extra time and be unaware of the kind of things to do in Leura. There are plenty more activities to indulge in, but you’ll need a little longer if you wish to partake in those.
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 stopover. Particularly true 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 and trips to get up to. Rather the opposite. But if you do decide you want to spend more time here, I’d suggest planning it in advance and taking a look over at trip advisor. That will help you to find all the hidden gems that aren’t within Leura itself. There are a fair few things to do near Leura that will need a little extra planning, such as visiting the Jenolan Caves.
So let us take a look at some of the things to do in Leura, to help you get started.
Grab a coffee and a bite to eat
After an early morning start, you’ll 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. 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. That worked well 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 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 antique shop for example.
If the old and odd doesn’t 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 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. Besides, a good book is a travel essential.
Stop off at the chocolate shop
I’ve included this one because it deserves its own point. Leura has it’s very own chocolate shop – 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 my luggage with me throughout the trip, I was unable to overindulge. Next time, eh?
Nip to the static loo
This will likely strike you as an odd point, but if you despise coach toilets as much as I do, it’ll be a godsend.
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 recommend taking advantage of these while you can, they’re almost dead centre to Leura. There’s a good chance you’ll 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 get around and entertain yourself for a couple of hours. 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.
I hope you’ll have gained some inspiration here. Leura is a perfectly placed pit-stop to stretch your legs, grab a drink, empty your bladder and perhaps 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.