On the map, it looks as if Sydney is surrounded by huge mountains, in fact they are quite distant and part of the Great Dividing Range that separates most of the eastern coast from the inland. It's amazing to think that pioneers actually forged their way through this forest of gum trees to reach rich grazing land in the west but they did.
For us, it's a boring 1 hour trip on the freeway or a lovely hour and a half trip along the scenic route. If you ever visit Sydney, well worth the trip to this rather trippy mix of hippy and old school. Once a summer retreat for delicate Victorians (of the era not the state) it's now an odd blend of uber alternative and establishment. Lovely restaurants, weird architecture, a taste of yesteryear and delightfully expensive boutique deli's, clothing shops, Christmas shops, and warm pubs with big open fires. And frankly, amazing views although my last few visits have been in either doomsday cloud or evening. . .Come along and see . . .
Mount Victoria and typical style of housing in the area . .blue is a little unusual . .they have a penchant for 'peach'
Scruffy but quaint Imperial hotel but a fire in every room. . way cosy
Old Baby Grand in the lounge . .this hotel is very Fawlty Towers . . .
Their formal dining room . . quaint and old and musty . . .
Angel Hair Falls at Govett's leap is pretty gorgeous after recent rain
View? What view?
That view . . Govett's leap lookout over the Gross Valley
Leura Lollie Shop . . everything from a Hershey Kiss to a Fry's Mint Chocolate . .
The girls even found "Hello Panda" sweets from Japan . .ah a the memories!
Fun chocs but Kath, at $9 a bar for 100gms, no, I didn't buy . . .
Tea and Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch sauce and I don't actually have a sweet tooth . .
Too true, too many boutiques, kitchen shops, stationery, candles . . .
Leura main street . . we decided that although the shops are lovely it's the old fashioned small shop front that's appealing . .so distant from the big malls of today . . .
Country Women's Association sale . .They're everywhere, bless their souls . . .
Typical knick knacky shop window!