leura falls kiosk
The site has had a long and important history and is deeply etched in the memories of countless diners and visitors to the Blue Mountains.
Originally built as The Leura Falls Kiosk in 1913, the kiosk was built to service the swimmers and picnickers who would flock to the Leura Baths, now the Leura Cascades picnic grounds.
Captain J.J. Pannell who over-saw the building of the kiosk was the first tenant of the site when it opened in October 1913. It served tea and scones, ice-creams and apple pie.
From 1942-1948 the Cox's operated Leura Falls Kiosk while their father was away at the war. Warren Cox reminisces:
"Mum and my brother and I lived in a house called 'Sunnyside' in Warne Street. The postman delivered the mail on horseback and the milkman brought fresh milk in a tank, by horse and cart. Our backyard ran down to a creek where we climbed fruit trees and ate fruit till we were sick. We would swim at the Leura Baths and walk up the hill for an ice-cream at the kiosk. Mum worked at the Leura Falls Kiosk on weekends making afternoon teas. We picked blackberries for Mum to make into jam for the kiosk. We also made "Mountain Devil Dolls" from the seed husks of the Honey Flower tree. The husks made the devil's head and we would use pipe cleaners for the bodies, and red wool and material for their capes. We sold them at the Kiosk. They were the most popular souvenir of the Blue Mountains. The Jamison Valley was our backyard and we ran wild.
We used to hide in a cave under the original top lookout at Echo Point and when tourists would call out waiting for their echo back from Mount Solitary we would call back, which rather startled them and really amused us! We would ride on the workers flying fox down to the old sewerage works in the Jamison Valley and in the miner's coal bins down to the Katoomba coal mine, which is now the Scenic Railway. I'm sure I had the best childhood and the most tolerant, loving mother a child could possibly have."