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Getting ‘Out of the Nest’ is often easier said than done right?

My heart is to make it easier for you. So, I have created some Day trip guides for some of the suburbs in the Blue Mountains.

I have based these guides loosely on:

Places to PLAY, EAT, WALK, SHOP and any additional extra activities. Ill also give a brief of a day trip plan that I particularly like based on my family of 4 (11,8,6 and 3).

I will link to as much as I can and add as many helpful insights as I know of.

If you have additional insight/ideas, please do let me know. I can add them in for the benefit of everyone.

Lets look at….



The Bunker Leura. At the northern end of Leura Village shops, just past the train station, The Bunker is set on a beautiful block of land with lush gardens and relaxing views of the valley. They also have a swing set if the kids feel inspired, as well as colouring on the kids menus.

Wayzgoose. This sweet cafe is located in Leura Mall. You will find a little library, chalk colouring and the sweetest little cupcakes. There is an outdoor area if that feels more child appropriate and also gives you access for a pram.


Bloome Park Leura. This playground is on a small reserve, with room to run and spots to picnic. Located just a short walk down from the Mall, you could grab some lunch at the mall and head down.

Grose St Reserve Playground. This is a simple residential park, but I included it as it is not too far a walk from Leura Mall, should you need to engage the kids in some play while you are in the village.

Gordon Falls Park Leura. This playground is on the peripherals of Leura, but it is the gateway to some bushwalking so for this reason I thought it was worth a mention. The available facilities mean you can make a day out of being here and sometimes that is just what we are looking for.


Leura Cascades. This is a popular walk and for good reason. The waterways are beautiful, and you can commit to a shorter or longer walk depending on who you are with. We have often walked in just to the first lookout and that has been enough for our littles one as there are stairs to walk up and down. There is a swing set, toilets and picnic tables just off the carpark too, which is helpful.

Gordon Falls lookout and bushwalks You can opt to just walk to the lookout or you can choose to venture further should you and your family feel able and motivated., largely dependant on the age of children and bushwalking ability. You can spend some time at the playground before and after, which adds to this destination.

The hop on hop off Bus comes near to both of these destinations, if you are looking to add a bit more fun. See here for Map.


Leura Mall, is of course a wonderful place to shop. Among all the beautiful Boutiques, kids will love the famous The Candy Store, Megalong Books and Toy Store.

Fairmont games room


Fairmont Resort. There is SO much to do here. You can purchase a day pass and get access to all the facilities including pool and playrooms. There is an Iceskating rink and Adventure park with tree top climbing available on the grounds as well tennis court and a playground next to the pond. Several places to eat if you spend the day. This is a pricier option but really is a lovely destination.

Everglades. For the family that loves wandering through gardens- this is a beautiful property. On weekends the tea house is open and you are welcome to set up a picnic on th lawns.

My Favourite Day trip plan:

As always I can’t choose, so I am giving you 2.

1/ Train trip in- you can find the timetable here. The train station is at the top end of Leura Mall, where you will also find the Bunker if you wanted to get a meal, but I would likely walk down to Wayzgoose Cafe to grab a delicious cupcake and milkshake with the kids, followed by a trip to the Lolly shop just around the corner. We would likely grab a pastry or pie from Bakers on Wentworth, down the end of the mall on our way to Bloome Park for a play. Or, if we were feeling particularly keen- hop on the big Red Bus to Gordon Falls for a play and maybe even a walk- But we we would need a lot of stamina for all that, so maybe not with my 3yr old :).

2/Fairmont. If you are willing to spend a bit more money on a day trip- Fairmont really is a one stop destination for fun. Places to eat, play, walk and adventure. Something for everyone here


I hope this is helpful. Let me know if it is.

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Rachel xo



Author Rachel

I am Mum to 3 little ones, aged 6,3 and almost 1, Wife to my high school crush, Midwife at our local hospital and Creator of 'Out of the Nest'. I hope more than anything to do all these things well and maybe empower and encourage others along the way. Though its quite the juggling act, and balls do drop ALOT, so I am happy to talk about that too. xx

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