Our home is at Leura in the Blue Mountains, 100km west of Sydney. It is a traditional Australian timber cottage. There is a wide verandah at the front, from which there are views across the Blue Mountains. The interior has a lounge/dining room, a family room and kitchen that look out over the front and back gardens. The kitchen has an electric oven, gas stove top, microwave oven, dishwasher and refrigerator. There are two flueless gas heaters for heating in winter, as well as two wood burning stoves. It sometimes snows!
The three bedrooms are all carpeted and the two bathrooms are fully tiled. We would retain one of the three bedrooms for our personal items. The ensuite bathroom is quite large, with a triangular spa bath, glass shower recess, wash basin and toilet. The other bathroom has bath, shower recess and wash basin. There is a separate toilet and hand basin adjacent to the bathroom. On the western end of the house is a laundry, airing cupboard and attached garage for two cars. Remotely controlled roller doors at each end of the garage allow easy access. The Digital TV receives five free to air channels. An ADSL connection gives access to broadband internet services.
Leura village is on the next ridge to Katoomba, which is the main town of the district and centre for touring the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. It has lots of shops, supermarkets, local bus services and adventure tour companies offering canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling and bushwalking activities. Katoomba/Leura is 1,000 metres above sea level, so is cooler and drier than Sydney. A scenic railway and cablecars provide easy access to the extensive boardwalks in the rainforest of the Jamieson Valley below.
The village of Leura is a very popular tourist destination, with its own specialty shops, tearooms and B&Bs. There are golf courses, a lake and several resort hotels, fitness and aquatic centres in the area. We are in a quiet, residential area among lots of English trees and gardens. The National Trust property, “Everglades” is within 100 metres of our front gate. There are walking tracks into the World Heritage National Park, whose boundary is five minutes walk from our home, where you can enjoy the undisturbed native environment of the unique Australian landscape.
Electric trains run every hour direct to Sydney Central, a journey of two hours. The western edge of the Sydney metropolitan area is about 35 minutes drive from Leura, but it can take up to two hours to drive right in to the City centre.
The exchange would be with myself and my wife, Joy. My name is Tony and I am a retired Civil Engineer. I was born in London and emigrated with my parents to Australia. My wife’s name is Joy and she is now retired from her work in hospital administration. Our son, Peter, is a school teacher and he and his family live 3 km from our home, in the village of Wentworth Falls.
We enjoy the outdoor life and we attend our local church and its functions. There are many retired people resident in the area, so there are activities including golf, bush walking, and tennis as well as indoor activities, art and cultural groups. We have many friends locally, who would be delighted to introduce visitors to the area. We would be prepared to offer a car for general use.