The Leura to Katoomba hike is probably the first one I ever did in the Blue Mountains and for a quite short walk it provides a wonderful variety of scenery. It is also a very public transport friendly hike, so leave your car in town and chill out on the train instead – I find reading on the train very relaxing, like your weekend starts the second you board.
In Leura you should stop at the Wayzgoose Cafe for a flower pot scone. Leura has some other nice looking cafes but this is a family tradition so I can’t pass it up. $6.50 for one giant scone and a mound of cream.
The walk goes from Leura Cascades to the top of the Three Sisters in Katoomba. It is basically this walk, but instead of taking the scenic railway you take the stairs. It’s a pretty walk from the train station through Leura and to the start of the walk – basically walk down Leura Mall and then follow the signs to Leura Cascades.
It’s not a long walk – maybe 2 hours at a proper speed, 3 hours if you stop and photograph every lyrebird… The path is well signposted, just make sure you go via Dardanelles Pass and Leura Forest rather than the Cliff Walk.
The 900+ stairs up the 3 Sisters are good for getting the blood pumping, but ultimately going up is so much nicer on the legs than going down!
The waterfalls are lovely and all, but the middle earth feel of Leura Forest gets me every time. Just magic.
One of 4 lyrebirds we spotted poking around looking for bugs.
And the proof that Summer is here – first cicadas climbing up out of the ground.