8.6 out of 10

Leura

Ranked 180th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful town in beautiful location"

Leura is undoubtedly one of the nicest places in NSW. Living in a World Heritage National Park has huge advantages, as there are some of the country's best bushwalks right on hand. In South Leura particularly, the magnificent Jamison Valley is your backyard. It's like living on the north shore of Sydney only friendlier and much, much cheaper. You can stroll to fantastic coffee shops and restaurants while breathing crystal clear air. While there are lots of tourists on weekends, who would deny them the pleasure of sharing this wonderful place. I've lived here for years and now our well kept secret is out. Gorgeous traditional properties abound, which would cost you twice or three times as much in the better parts of Sydney. And now the highway is being upgraded and will soon be finished, the city is only one and a quarter hours away. And to top it off, there's a genuine sense of community, where your neighbours actually speak to you and invite you in.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful town in the Blue Mountains"

A beautiful town in the mountains with great dining, walks and shopping. Fantastic place to live, as long as you have good heating for the winter!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Best move I've ever done"

I moved to Leura from Brisbane a couple of years ago and I really love it. I had very fond memories of the Blue Mountains, having lived in Katoomba several years ago and I was keen to leave the heat of Brisbane for the much cooler, cleaner mountain air. I don't drive so I rely heavily on public transport and living less than 5 mins from the bus stop and the station is fantastic. A few things worth mentioning about living up here, sure it does get cold in Winter and it's often overcast but the sunny days and the much cooler Summers are so wonderful that they more than make up for it. Also my pets haven't had one flea since I've been here and we rarely see a cockroach or a mosquito. As mentioned some of the shops are expensive but the shops are unique which I think make up for it and if you want the usual shops you'll probably find them at Katoomba which is only a few kms away. There are several expensive restaurants but there are also a few decent bakeries, an excellent butcher, a very good/cheap Chinese restaurant and an excellent fish/chicken/chips/burger takeaway. If you want to escape the tourists just go to the pub, they rarely go there and you can get good counter meals and in the evenings they often have live music.
Leura is very friendly and I like living in a place that attracts tourists from all over the globe.
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lauraf7
lauraf7 I'm 26 and have just finished my primary teachers degree, currently live on the Gold Coast with my dog. I love the beach but equally love waterfalls/bush walking for the outdoor fix. I'm looking at moving to spring wood where my sister is based and just wondered what it is like socializing for a young, single person, is it quite "clicky" or is it easy to make friends? Just sounds more family orientated/older more settled area but I am in need of a change and do love it when I go for holidays.
Jun 04, 2017
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4/5
2yrs+

"Living in Leura"

I live in Leura. It's important to know that there is north Leura and south Leura, where the shops are. The price difference is pretty big between the two. I like living in Leura because my daily walk is part of the Cliff Walk where I take in the Blue Mountains most days - you can't beat that. Also, the mountains generally is an easy place to get to know people and good if you don't mind running into people you know. I have lived in Leura 6 years and know my neighbours. It's true there are lots of tourists and locals shop early or late to avoid the crowds.
Katoomba is the main shopping centre for daily living with the local libraries etc. Leura is known for its gardens which are on display every year and generally large lot sizes.
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2/5
2yrs+

"Too much of a tourist town"

Leura is located at the Blue Mountains and is quite a pretty town. The roads leading into Leura are wide and new; there are also many pretty and cute houses around this area. However, it is too much of a tourist town and on the weekends, it does get very very crowded as tourists flock here for a weekend away or for antiques.

Nonetheless, Leura is a great place to wine, dine and shop. There are many cafes, shops and restaurants to choose from. You will need to pay top prices in Leura in order to get a feed. Expect to pay about $15 a head for lunch at a cafe with a view of the valley. I dined at the French restaurant in Leura and did not think it was good value for money. You are better off with Blackheath for a fine dining experience.

In all, Leura is too "touristy" and does not really provide a sanctuary away from the city. It is wiser to head further north if you are keen for a quieter Blue Mountains experience.
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AnneCurrie
AnneCurrie Clearly, you seem to be an expert on all towns. who made you an authority??? I think you mean to say head further west- you can't head north!
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"A Weekend Nightmare"

Leura is a very pretty town, with delightful speciality shops – and tourists love it. That’s why it is a very busy village on the weekends, when it is hard to park your car and get a seat at one of the highly regarded cafes. The homes in Leura vary from new, mundane homes with great gardens, to dilapidated big old homes needing some TLC.
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