Darley's Restaurant - Leura
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Coming soon… There are many more places I would recommend to eat in the Blue Mountains, from cheap and cheerful to special-occasion restaurants. I’m getting around to writing full reviews of them all, but in the meantime, you’ll have to be content with this little list: Fine dining restaurants:  Darley’s, Leura: A continuous award-winner in the Greater Sydney fine-dining […]

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Cosy, friendly, independent bookstores abound in the Blue Mountains, with well-read staff and shelves teeming with everything from bestsellers to rare finds. Pop into one of these beautiful bookshops or visit their websites to find your next treasured read. MEGALONG BOOKS – LEURA Where: 183 The Mall, Leura NSW 2780 When: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm Phone: (02) 4784 1302 Visit Megalong Books’ website. […]

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Don’t let travel restrictions and social isolation stop you from journeying to the Blue Mountains (virtually) for beautiful, locally made gifts. Artisans and makers of the Blue Mountains are coming together online to host a virtual online market just in time for Mother’s Day. The Blue Mountains Makers Mother’s Day Virtual Market will see 40 […]

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While plans to visit the Blue Mountains may have been put on hold due to COVID-19, that doesn’t mean you can’t see it… One of the Blue Mountains’ most celebrated photographers – Gary P. Hayes – has a landscape photography and drone video portfolio to make any nature lover giddy with awe. If these images don’t get you excited […]

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The Baker’s Wife café in Springwood offers a colourful array of salads, wraps, turkish rolls and raw treats.  Conveniently located across from the train station, The Baker’s Wife is brilliant for grab-n-go brekkies, lunches and snacks as you run for the Central Station express; or if you’re not in a rush, there’s plenty of tables (it seats about […]

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This buzzing bar and restaurant turns up the cool-factor of the mid-Blue Mountains yet another notch. It’s slightly exciting when talented people with very good taste team up to open a bar and restaurant in your neighbourhood. Mesa Barrio is the work of some clued-in local lads with plenty of skill and no pretensions. Yet their Lawson […]

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A Blue Mountains children’s book – Leonard the Lyrebird – will come to life as a musical performance in Katoomba in February 2019. Mountain Concerts and Scenic World Blue Mountains are thrilled to present the world premiere of Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story. Held at Scenic World, Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story is an original composition […]

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Asian street food with style in the Blue Mountains. It’s hard to pigeonhole Miss Lilian Tea House in Katoomba, even with the myriad birdcages and feathered taxidermy hanging from the ceiling. It’s Asian street food but with a more sophisticated edge – in the menu, service and decor – and that makes it a one-of-a-kind […]

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Leonard the Lyrebird is an award-winning children’s book set in Blue Mountains, Australia, written by Jodie McLeod (me!) – a Blue Mountains local and longtime creative writer, journalist and editor (also editor of this website) – and illustrated by the very talented Katoomba artist Eloise Short.  Leonard the Lyrebird at a glance: Winner: 2019 Whitley Award for Best […]

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Sustain Cafe - Lawson
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New café, bar, restaurant and retail openings in the Blue Mountains town of Lawson have made bypassing this village a thing of the past. When driving to or from Sydney through the Blue Mountains you’d be forgiven for not really noticing Lawson. But for a pub and a row of shops-for-lease lining the Great Western Highway, there […]

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