Medlow Bath is a small mountain village located between Katoomba and Blackheath. It was originally named just 'Medlow'.
One of the most extravagant buildings - and the best known building in the Blue Mountains is located at Medlow Bath.
The grand old Hydro Majestic Hotel sits on the edge of the escarpment capturing stunning views over the Megalong Valley. It has been a landmark at Medlow Bath in different forms since the mid 1800s. First as a home for Edward Hargraves, then as the Belgravia Hotel with new construction on the land next to the house. In the early 1900s, with further expansion Mark Foy developed a grand continental style sanitarium resort offering the very latest hydropathic therapies from Europe.
In 1903 Mr Foy successfully applied to have the name of the township changed to the more appropriate "Medlow Bath".
Since the high days of the early to mid 1900s the Hydro has changed ownership a number of times. It has operated as a Hotel Resort but in approximately 2008 it closed its doors
In 2013 the Hydro Majestic Hotel’s multi-million dollar revitalisation began with it scheduled to open in two stages, with stage one of the public areas to be completed in 3rd Quarter of 2014. The hotels iconic buildings, interiors and gardens, will be revitalised to a world-class standard. There will be a lookout, dining, an interactive history centre and providores that will showcase the best regional gourmet food and wine of the area “A Taste of The Blue Mountains”.
Majestic Point Lookout
A key element in making the Hydro Majestic available to the general public is the creation of a new Majestic Point Lookout – public entry and gateway to the largest new component of the Hydro Majestic.
The Hydro Majestic is not only a vast hotel, stretching more than 1.1 kilometres across the Megalong Valley escarpment; it is also a vibrant part of Australian history and an iconic symbol of the Blue Mountains for generations.
The Katoomba Airfield is actually located at Medlow Bath. Travel along Rutland/Grand Canyon Road - the airfield offers pilot training within the Blue Mountains.
To the rear of the Hydro walking tracks were constructed in the early 1900s - the majority are still in reasonable condition and can be explored today. The tracks take you to several lookouts, one being Tucker's Lookout with great views of the Megalong Valley and Shipley Plateau. Other sites of interest are the Three Brothers, the remains of the old flying fox from Valley Farm to the Hydro and the Colosseum, a large amphitheatre under the cliff. Extra care needs to be taken on some of the tracks, especially when wet.