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Trip: Leura & Katoomba


After working about so many days straight in a row after a while you just want to zone out and obtain some tranquility away from all the interactions that come across your busy day.

Mr. Bump and I planned a spontaneous overnight trip to the countryside and took the city train outbound by CityRail which took 2 hours each way but was a little bit scenic itself, going through suburbs I've only vaguely heard of growing up once we skimmed by Strathfield, Parramatta then came Penrith, Emu Plains, and then all stations up the Blue Mountains where everything to me felt like I was crossing unknown territories.

Each hour the trains run from Central. Alternatively if you drive it would be about 90 minutes on the roads or perhaps go via a Coach bus if you were inclined.

We left midday and got to Leura in the afternoon to be greeted by a down pour of rain when we disembarked from the little train station. Up a few stairs and down a slope of road you are within the Leura Village, a busy strip of street that has the prominent stores, bakeries, cafes and post office for locals and passer-by's to mosey around in.

Being hungry from sitting on the train for two hours and with the rain bucketing down, we decide to take refuge in the corner cafe Loaves and the Dishes. The windows were slightly fogged from the working fireplace on the side of one wall and the other plastered with colourful text and photography of food and drink. The counter is a rather long L shape front and the kitchen is bustling with their staff prepping handmade meals such as hot dogs, burgers and salads and greek specialties like Spanakopita.

Mr. Bump orders their classic beef burger with a pile of thick and crispy fries whilst I go for their Greek Lamb Burger with tzatziki, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. With a bit of hot tea pots added to the table we were good to go despite the continuing drizzle beyond the window pane.

Coats on, scarves fastened onto necks and beanies up! We did a quick scope of the Leura Mall stores, including the Candy Store which has a plethora of local and imported sweets on offer to tickle any tastebuds or sweet toothed kid. Namely, I enjoyed seeing the Simpsons featured Flaming Moes energy drink and below that there was Duff Beers to purchase.

Bit further ways down Leura Mall was Bakehouse on Wentworth. It was ultra warm inside which was so welcoming coming from the rainfall. Beautiful pastries and homemade pies, we went for the pepper beef and the pumpkin, fetta and lentil. Each pie weighs a whooping 320 grams which is a nice, huge generous amount of chunk and flaky pastry in your hands to warm you up.

After walking up and down a few hills we reach the cosy B&B resort that we booked for the night. Cute room, all newly furnished and in the morning there was a complimentary hot buffet breakfast to devour before we left for Katoomba to go see the Blue Mountains on a clear, blue sky day.

In Katoomba's own village of stores, shops and coffee shops there's plenty more on offer. A lot of different shops to walk past and poke your head through and then down the road towards Scenic World and Echo Point the observation deck to sightsee the terrain and see the most popular Three Sisters. 

We also did the 35 minute walk towards the Cascade Falls which was a delight. Quite a moderate walk with a lot of steps but the views are gorgeous on a good day like we had. We bought some cream buns and ate them overlooking the views before heading back to do the return trip from Katoomba station towards Sydney's Central. 

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