Leura in focus
The picturesque village of Leura, with its Cherry Blossom-lined main street, is one of the most recognisable villages in the Blue Mountains.
The villages of Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine offer a unique array of experiences including spectacular cool climate gardens, nature walks and lookouts.
As you drive through Mount Wilson, majestic old trees line the roadside. With distinct seasonal changes, these trees offer a brilliant display of colour particularly during autumn and spring.
One of the must-see features of this area, are its privately owned gardens. At various times during the year, locals open their properties to visitors for a small fee, allowing them to explore these grand gardens with their magnificent landscaped lawns, flower beds, water features, ponds and bridges.
A great way to appreciate the rainforests of the area is through the Cathedral of Ferns and Mount Wilson Waterfall walks. Here, you will see an abundance of tree ferns and old growth forests including species of sassafras, giant coachwood and corkwood.
Other highlights of the area include the camping and picnic facilities at Cathedral Reserve.
Anyone interested in history and historical buildings will enjoy visiting the Turkish Bath Museum, located within the Wynstay Estate at the end of The Avenue, Mount Wilson. Built by Richard Wynne in the 1880s for his wife who was sick at the time, this building is an extraordinary example of the late Victorian style of architecture, with polychrome brickwork and Italianate details.
For family outings, the nut orchards in Mount Irvine and Mount Wilson are great way for your family to spend time outdoors while picking up some good quality chestnuts and walnuts for cooking and eating.
Photo credit: Destination NSW