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“Interesting but not a must-see”
Review of Leuralla

Leuralla
Ranked #7 of 19 things to do in Leura
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Location:
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.

Toy Museum:
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.

House:
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.

Gardens:
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.

Overall:
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.

4  Thank bankr0bber
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We were on our way home from Blackheath and were a few hours ahead of schedule so decided to stop for an hour or so... We only wanted to visit the gardens to give the kids a runround, before the drive to Sydney - so decided on the combo i.e. toy museum and gardens.

As it was 2 degrees, enjoying the gardens was always going to be a challenge, however I can imagine they are stunning on a summers day and my wife and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane i.e. old training seats, signs, old platforms, etc.

As to the Toy museum - well, that is another matter. Like the gardens, we enjoyed seeing toys we grew up with and I can imagine the work and effort that has gone into compiling so many collections i.e. barbie, star ways, popeye, etc must have taken years and is probably still a work in progress... It made me think of simpler times when iPads weren't the go-to choice.

However, this beautiful house, accompanying gardens and expansive collection of toys is no excuse for cranky and rude service and I can't count the number of times on two hands that the house guide wasn't telling some visitor off for touching the glass, taking pictures, moving too close to the rope, touching the curtain, taking their bag with them, touching the glass (yes, said that).

I get you need to protect the collection - but OMG, you are in tourism. If you can't be a little welcoming or at a minimum, NICE, I would suggest you keep the doors closed. Its a shame, as there are so few places in Australia like this and some drastic change in visitor interaction would make this an extremely FUN and MEMORABLE visit.

As to the price. Given the service, its overpriced. Given the collection, its probably worth it.

Oh, one last piece of advice. Would think twice about about taking young kids or if you don't mind someone watching every move you make - then you should be fine.

3  Thank NZBred
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

This is an interesting attraction is so far as it hosts an interesting toy collection within a magnificent historic property (house and gardens) which celebrates the life of arguably Australia's most significant (and academically honoured) political leaders on the world stage - Dr H V Evatt, President of the United Nations Assembly 1948, noting however that the house (once occupied by a distinguished member of the Evatt family) was not Doc Evatt's home.

In reality, to do justice to the cultural heritage value of the site, the toy and railway collection ought to be housed somewhere else in the Mountains. But that is an issue that needs to be addressed by the owners of the site!

The collection of toys (including dolls and teddy bears) is interesting particularly to those visitors that were children of the 1950s and earlier generations, as is also various memorabilia of Australia's railway history.

But the substantial collection of historic photos and 'Evatt memorabilia' which adorns the walls and mantle places is also of interest to visitors with a keen appreciation of the political history of Australia.

Given the cost to the private Trust of maintaining the collection, the house and gardens, the relatively high cost of the entry fee is understandable. But for the average visitor, it might be considered somewhat prohibitive. From a marketing viewpoint, not so sure that charging an extra $2 to enjoy the scenic views from the cliffside viewing area across the road from the museum is such a good idea - this should be included in the entry fee!

All in all, the museum is well worth a visit, and will be enjoyed particularly by older generations of Australians.

2  Thank AngusMRobinson
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

This was the worst experience in the blue mountains, unfriendly overpriced $40.00 2 children 2 adults. Dusty rooms with do not touch signs everywhere after you pay the exsorbedent fee you have to keep paying to see the exhibits. Mostly junk and the dioramas are probably the worst you will ever see. 4 different scales in 1 diorama. Also the owner has got signs on them with his own political views. If you want a feeling of being ripped off then visit this discracfull place.

8  Thank Wolfgang K
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

if you are a family or a couple or an individual interested in -Gardens, Trains,
Toys over the last 90 years and spectacular views this is a lovely place to go.
A tad on the pricey side for a family i fear. the House and Garden for 2 was
$28 and $2 each for the amphitheathre across the road -which is a must.

Thank Frank N F
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