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Admire the gardens, plan your own and support a charity
Now over 50 years old, the annual Leura Gardens Festival will be back again in 2019, taking place across six days over two weekends at the beginning of October. The event is a chance to get inspiration for your own garden, admire the beauty of Leura and help raise money for some worthy causes.
This year's event will showcase ten different cool-climate spring gardens. Some are small, some are large, some are new to the festival and some are old. They include The Braes, Nesuto Leura Gardens, DeadEnd House, Fairmont Resort and Spa, Hill of Grace, Ewanrigg, Fairways, St Annes, Glenshiel and the Everglades.
Some of the gardens will have special events taking place. For example, music performances will take place at 1pm each day of the festival at Neruto Leura Gardens (entry costs a gold coin), and artists will paint live throughout all gardens, with works exhibited and judged on the last Sunday. Plants will also be on sale off Watkins Street.
A lot of the gardens featured in the festival are within easy walking distance of each other but if you need help getting to this area in the first place, or want to go to some outlying gardens, there will a festival shuttle bus doing a loop around Leura and its featured gardens (as well as Leura Station) every 30 minutes on festival days. A ticket allowing you to get on and off all day costs $10.
A ticket to the festival itself costs $30 if you want to visit all of the gardens. This ticket is valid for the length of the festival and you can buy one at the entrance to any garden, at stands in Leura Mall or Leura Station, or at the festival headquarters outside Leura Fairways Retirement Village. Single garden tickets are also available, costing $8.
The Leura Gardens Festival is a registered charity run by volunteers and all the money raised by the event will go to the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital and other local health organisations. This year, a big goal is to raise money to help build the hospital's proposed Outpatient Therapy Centre and provide computer-generated artwork for its Renal Dialysis Unit. To see what the festival has achieved in the past, click here.