2780 Katoomba & Medlow Bath

Take one parcel of land acquired by Edward Hargraves, the misattributed discoverer of payable gold in Australia. Add the dominating Edwardian indulgence of a 20th century Sydney retail mogul and an often lonely railway station, and you have Medlow Bath. In a quirk of nomenclature, Medlow Bath is also home to the Katoomba Airfield. For me, Medlow Bath is at its best when shrouded in wintery mists that stirs the imagination.

Pictures & words by Troy Shiels. He can be found on Instagram here @troyshiels73

Katoomba sits atop the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Coal and tourism fuelled the early town and, while coal fell away in the early 20th century, tourism endured. Millions flock to experience breathtaking, ancient natural wonder and a vibrant arts community thrives; these things are well documented. Less well-documented are the environments that are the sets on which tourist, commuter, artistic and residential lives are acted out.  Architecture jumbles, art deco cement, street art murals, houses on cliffs and a cliff that’s the biggest sister act in town. Welcome to Katoomba.

Pictures & words by Troy Shiels. He can be found on Instagram here @troyshiels73

Katoomba is the major town in the City of Blue Mountains, which is situated in a world heritage listed national park. It was developed as a tourist destination in the 19th century and still is today, with the main attractions being the amazing views, bush walks and the occasional dump of snow, the Three Sisters and Scenic World – which has the steepest railway in the world. It also houses a significant cluster of creative talent which includes writers, painters, sculptors and thespians. It’s population of 8,000 swells to over 50,000 during the annual Winter Magic, a festival celebrating the winter solstice.

Pictures & words by Marty Walker. His superb photography can be found at his website here www.mjw.photo and he can be found on Instagram here @martyjwalker and here @mjwstreet