Leuralla is located within the quaint Blue Mountains township of Leura. It is around a 10 minute drive from Katoomba and offers a convenient location within a multitude of mountain views, hotels and restaurants. We accessed Leuralla through following the Scenic Drive from Katoomba. A variety of bus stops are located across and around the site. The Hop On Hop Off bus also stops at Leuralla. Directly across from the main house of Leuralla, there is a public amphitheatre that offers a scenic view of the surrounding Jamison Valley, a self-claimed "most spectacular view of the Blue Mountains ". However, this fee is not included in the main price. From memory, the price to access this view was $2 per person.
The Barbie collection was a highlight of the museum. Barbies from all eras decorate the walls and claim the greatest Barbie collection within the Southern Hemisphere. Other rooms of the museum showcase generations of toys and collectables, including dolls, military replicas, infamous figures (Bond, Tin Tin, etc), and so on. The toy displays are not that extensive, only really taking up about 2.5 rooms. I think the toys would be geared to younger children or adults that have grown up with the toys in their childhood. Teenagers might find the museum a hardship to enjoy.
The house is a historic residence within Leura, encompassing the history and prestige of the Evatt family, including prominent Australian political figure Doc Evatt. The house displays a gorgeous abundance of genuine antiques, including the original furnishings and fixtures. Even the curtains on the doors are authentic! Each room of the house displays an intriguing setting, including bedrooms exhibiting period costume or the loungeroom which holds an atmosphere of mystique. Unfortunately, photographs within the house are not allowed. Also, most rooms are roped off at the doorway, which only provides a brief observation and prevents a detailed exploration. This was a bit of a let down and could be improved.
The house and gardens are a stunning focal point of your visit. I was visiting during Winter and the immensity and complexity of the garden was amazing, so a Spring or Summer visit would be outstanding. A casual walk will display various artifacts of vintage heritage whilst providing a brisk and exciting stroll around a beautiful location within the Blue Mountains. A focal point within the gardens includes the imposing steam engine. Other displays within the gardens include model train replicas, includin the Matterhorn Mountain railway system. Young children will especially appreciate the train displays, which, for a fee of $2, the train will replicate journeys and provide light enterintament for the young and old alike.
One adult ticket is $14. I think for the price, the museum is not really worth it. The house and grounds are lovely. The history is very appealing. However, the toy museum is enjoyable yet small. Various exclusions (including the roped off rooms and lack of photography) did not allow me to enjoy the full experience. Leuralla is enjoyable and entertaining but improvements need to be made.
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