8.Having tea at Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum
Hidden in Leura is the Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum. It has the world’s largest private collection of tea wares including more than 5,500 teapots from all over the world, most which were collected within Australia. Some collections are five centuries old.
You can enjoy a cup of English style tea with scones in this museum. There is an admission fee of A$5.50 per person which is redeemed with an equivalent purchase or spending in the tea rooms.
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms Address:
20-22 Grose St, Leura NSW 2780, Australia
Hours: Open daily – 10AM-5:30PM (Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Phone: +61 2 4784 3117
9.Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum
This is something different from the usual toy and railway museums. There are two sections and with 12 acres of garden.
Let’s start with the toy section. There is no photography or videography allowed in the toy section. What is interesting here are the vintage toys on display. We are not talking about Japanese toys or robots but more towards the Western type of toys and dolls. This is something you don’t see in Asia and the toys are mostly from the 1970s and earlier.
For the railway museum, it is something more for the train lovers. There are many exhibits of railways from the past like the signs and tracks. There is also a miniature section that is quite impressive (if you like miniatures). The owner definitely put a lot of effort in creating this diorama with miniatures. This is something different from the usual tourist attraction sites in Australia.
Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum Address:
36 Olympian Parade, Leura NSW 2780, Australia
Hours: Open daily – 10AM-5PM
Phone: +61 2 4784 1169
If you think you can only find good food in Sydney, well you will be surprised what the Blue Mountains can offer! Let us share three restaurants that are worth a visit based on our experiences. One of them is in Leura and two in Katoomba.
Lily’s Pad Café
This is a lovely café to visit in Leura, Blue Mountains. What we love about this place is their all-day breakfast and lunch in the courtyard.
This is a good place for coffee and food. Their breakfast menu comes with generous amount and the food here is tasty too. Not forgetting the food prices here are very reasonable.
We went to a few restaurants in Leura but this is we liked the most overall. They also offer homemade breads and cakes and they are yummy too.
Lily’s Pad Café Address: 19 Grose St., Leura NSW 2780, Australia
Open Daily: 8am until 5pm, Sunday: 8am until 4pm
Phone: +61 2 4784 1033
Yellow Deli is one of the popular deli restaurants in Blue Mountains. They are located on Katoomba Street in Katoomba. We went there for dinner and it was packed. We read many good reviews on this restaurant especially on their salads and sandwiches.
The ambiance of the restaurant here is dark but it is very comfortable. The food here is good especially their signature burgers and sandwiches.
Do take note that they close early at 8pm so do book your table for reservations to avoid disappointment.
Yellow Deli Address:
214 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
Hours: 10am to 8pm, closed on Saturday
Phone: +61 2 4782 9744
Unique Patisserie is probably the biggest surprise for foodies like us. Unique Patisserie looks like a cake shop but they are actually a Malaysian restaurant too. The owners are a couple from Penang, Malaysia. They have been around Australia for years. The husband is a multiple award-winning pastry chef and the wife’s expertise is on Malaysian food.
Their signature food here is Penang Assam Laksa. This is one of the best assam laksa we tasted. It is rich in flavour and it is hard to imagine having such good quality Malaysian food in the Blue Mountains.
Other Malaysian food you can try is the Nasi Lemak and Curry Laksa. Their cakes and desserts are equally good too. The Unique Patisserie is located on Katoomba Street, Katoomba near the Yellow Deli restaurant.
Unique Patisserie Address:
169 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
Hours: 8:30am to 9pm, closed on Sunday
Phone: +61 2 4782 7887
When is the best time to visit the Blue Mountains?
Anytime, any weather and any season. You can visit in cheerful Spring or cosy Autumn and the landscape remains beautiful but the colour of the trees and flowers might change. That’s why we highly recommend the Blue Mountains as there is no excuse for not visiting it.
Our stay and our experiences in the Blue Mountains were memorable. You don’t expect this type of scenery and weather since Sydney is much like a city. The Blue Mountains offer you a journey closer to nature. The houses here were built decades ago and remain the same. The food, the view and the weather, this is truly New South Wales as its best at any time of the year.
How to go to the Blue Mountains?
You can take the train to the Blue Mountains from Sydney Central Railway Station, a 2-hour ride from the city. In the Blue Mountains, you can purchase tickets for the hop on hop off Explorer Bus so it covers all the tourist attractions. Taking a taxi is an alternative, though expensive.
Self-drive to the Blue Mountains. Make sure you have an International Driving License or check with the car rental company if your driving license can be used. Driving to the Blue Mountains is easy with either GPS, Google Maps or Waze. Driving around the Blue Mountains is also relaxing as there is not much traffic in this part of New South Wales. Most parking spaces in the Blue Mountains are free of charge including tourist attractions.