Subversive Femme

Blue Mountains Road Trip (plus sneak peeks of the Hydro Majestic)

This weekend Jakk and I packed the car and headed on up to the Lady Luck Festival in Katoomba for some dancing and antique-ing.

While we didn’t take any photos of the festival (mainly cars this year, not so much fashion) we did have a great time dancing and hanging out.

We stopped overnight in a little guesthouse in Medlow Bath, which is just down the road from the newly re-opened Hydro Majestic.

hydro majestic medlow bath vintage 1940s 1950s

The Hydro was opened in 1904, originally as a sanitarium for the wealthy to come and bathe in the mineral springs. Unfortunately the springs dried up and the owners had to truck in mineral water from Germany!

The Hydro went through a few owners, and declined in the 1990s – it’s been pretty much abandoned for the past 10 years until a new owner bought it in 2012.

A lot of the hotel is off limits to non-guests, but we snuck around a bit, trying to look like we belonged.

Most of the renovation has been tastefully done, but some of it was a bit over the top like the black perspex chandeliers (why??). The gardens are still lovely though.

And of course the amazing view never changes! Amazing waking up to that every morning.

We’re hoping to come back and have High Tea for our wedding anniversary (prices start at $50 per person in case you’re interested).


  • Lurex top – opshop
  • Sailing ships skirt – Sail Away by Retrospec’d
  • Shoes – ReMix Vogue
  • Belt – opshop
  • Handbag – Mimco bowler
Hope you had a grand weekend too!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    January 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I love your tee + novelty print skirt ensemble. That's something I'm starting to wear more and more myself, too.

    What a fun day full of sublime vintage architecture and decor. Thank you for taking us along on your travels, dear gal.

    ā™„ Jessica

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    January 21, 2015 at 12:55 am

    That hotel looks really amazing. I love the first exterior shot – it's got such a classic, deco/modern feel to it, with the stark white color and the prism glass window. Very cool.
    Jessica, Zella Maybe

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    January 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This looks INCREDIBLE. So much fun. Definitely do it for your anniversary!

  • Reply
    January 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    what a great place and story behind it.
    your sail away skirt is beautiful … haha, the ships don't need german spring water to swim. šŸ™‚
    thanks for sharing!

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