Arrival & the town of Leura
Sydney Airport…also known as Kingsford-Smith Airport...is an international airport located approximately five miles south of the city center. It is one of the oldest continuously operated airports in the world, the busiest airport in Australia and the 31st busiest airport in the world (2012).
The town of Leura (colocated with Katoomba) is located 68 miles west of downtown Sydney in New South Wales. It is one of a series of small towns stretched along the Main Western railway line and Great Western Highway that bisects the Blue Mountains National Park.
The name Leura is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "lava”…which is rather interesting (Aussie like?) in that no volcanoes have erupted in New South Wales for at least 10 million years.
Leura Mall is the village center which is divided by a historic streetscape defined by a wide grassy median strip planted with flowering cherry trees. There are a substantial number of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops along Leura Mall, among the boutiques, gift and antique shops.