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A BLUE TRAIL: Natural and cultural experiences in the western Blue Mountains
Number 8: “The Lovers’ Walk”, Medlow Bath
Costumes of any era will do when two adventurous spirits are ready for the opportunities of the Lovers’ Walk. Interpretive bushwalkers Sandra Jaroslav and Jenny Miller dress in costumes borrowed from the Blackheath Rhodo Review, with a parasol from Glenbrook Players.
Photo by John Turner.
In the far extremities of the 1904 holding (which has since contracted) was the track known as the Lovers’ Walk. Its specification was that a gentleman and a lady in evening dress must be able to walk along it arm in arm without the lady’s ankle-length garment being soiled. In 2015 the route of the Lovers’ Walk is very overgrown but it is still possible to locate and revisit it.
The ambience of this location remains highly romantic (at least to someone who appreciates the Blue Mountains bush). It is on the border of open forest and heath vegetation communities.
There are multiple species of Banksia with B. ericafolia and B. marginata particularly prominent. Acacia and Leptospermum species abound.
In the new incarnation of the Hydro Majestic, there is an understandable focus on the heritage buildings and the hospitality. But reflection in the quieter extremes of Mark Foy’s original extensive domain remains inspiring.
Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath—History Highway Inns. Drawing by Juliette Palmer-Frederick 1998 (http://www.bluemts.com.au/historyhighway/hotels/ hydro.htm); As in Mark Foy’s day, this walk has beautiful scenery ready for those who love each other. Banksia ericifolia flowers on the Lovers Walk.
Photo by Don Morison.
© Don Morison