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  Late afternoon in Leura Mall
by iandsmith

In many ways Leura is the most urbane and sophisticated of all the villages in the Blue Mountains. Its Mall is full of chic coffee houses, emporia (gift shops) and eateries; its streets are tree-lined and elegant; its houses are attractive and there are an abundance of English and European style gardens.
Where Katoomba has to a large degree rested on its laurels, the boutique B&B market has gathered around Leura.
The fact that Leura is only 100kms from Sydney has made it a comfortable weekend getaway destination though it maintains a certain sense of exclusivity by being separated from the Great Western Highway by the railway.
The first Europeans in the area were Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813 who probably spent a night camped near where the Leura Railway Station now stands.
The town experienced some development after the construction of the road across the mountains but it was slow and settlement was sparse. Between 1885-87 there was some coal mining at the Gladstone colliery which was located near the present site of the Leura golf course. The coal was sent to Sydney from a railway siding which was located near the mine.
The Leura village railway station was constructed in 1891. At the time the area was known as Lurline but the station was officially named Leura dubiouly claimed by some to be a local Aboriginal word meaning 'lava'.
By the 1920s the area was a popular holiday destination for Sydneysiders eager to escape the heat and humidity of the city. By the 1970s it had become popular with Sydney's artistic community as a weekend escape destination though it is doubtful some of them could afford the upmarket accommodation that predominates today.

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  • Written Jun 15, 2005
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