Another winter month is about to end and it goes without saying that even cold months in Australia can be quite rewarding for travel enthusiasts. One of the best winter getaways from Sydney is Blue Mountains.
Listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000, the region is one of the best examples of Australia’s wilderness, dotted with waterfalls, rainforests, valleys and nature reserves. This was my second visit to Blue Mountains and needless to say, that you discover something new every time you are here.
We stayed in Leura over the weekend, which is a popular suburb in the city of Blue Mountains with a population of 4000+ , just 2 hours 40 minutes away by train.
We booked a vintage house in Leura, with 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room and a studio. The house was great and well maintained with a fireplace, pool table, linens, good quality kitchen essentials, board games. It was an excellent choice booked through www.stayz.com.au ; if you are travelling with family or friends, I recommend booking an accommodation such as this, that allows you flexibility when you don’t wish to follow a fixed itinerary. The rates can vary depending upon weekends, holiday season.
Cost: $360 per night
Lookouts and Trails
There are nearly 30 walking trails in Blue Mountains, the most popular are the Charles Darwin Walk and Three Sisters Walk. These trails vary from a 30-minute to 4 hours and you can choose any depending on what you’d prefer. Unfortunately, for us the weather wasn’t favourable to go for a longer trail, so we chose the Leura Cascades, from Leura Park to Gordon Falls. This 1 hour 15 mins walk is a moderate track, where we crossed some waterfalls and many look outs. The stand out was the Elysian Rock Lookout which is also part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The lookout gives a stunning view of the Jamison Valley.
Thats’s me at Elysian Rock Lookout
Its always better to be equipped with water, packed food and the right dress code. So make a backpack checklist.
Choose your trails on the Blue Mountains website here
The Big Breakfast at Lily’s Pad Cafe
Lily’s pad cafe in Leura is a must visit if you a love a good brekkie
A hearty breakfast before a trek is a must, and what better than Lily’s Pad Cafe in Leura. The quaint cafe located close to the Leura Mall is bustling with travellers and locals alike. If you are in Leura, your itinerary is incomplete without a visit to Lily’s Pad Cafe which has been recommended by many illustrious Australian food guides.
Their breakfast menu is unique highlighting fresh ingredients and of course, the house breads of Lily’s Pad Cafe. We ordered a an array of breakfast varieties like avocado toasts, mixed mushroom breakfast with poached eggs, Canadian breakfast, lamb pie with couscous salad, scrambled eggs, besides coffee and bengali chai. Enjoy the snapshots
Specials at Lily’s Pad Cafe
Mixed mushroom breakfast with poached eggs and house bread
Lamb pie with couscous salad
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum
Enjoy a tour of teapots and tea wares spanning five centuries. Besides admiring 5,500 teapots collected from all over the world, you can also go shopping for tea collectibles, tea boxes, silver and gold jewellery or simply savour varieties of tea in their tearooms. The Devonshire tea is the in-house specialty. Check their website here
image courtesy: teapotmusuem website
Cnr Grose & Megalong Streets
Leura NSW 2780
Open 7 days a week, 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.
Also visit the Toy and Railway Museum, also a heritage listed home dated built prior to World War I , check the website here
How to get there
Blue Mountains is easily connected, you can drive or catch a bus or train. Check the Sydney Transport website for schedule here
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