This is the busiest part of the Blue Mountains, and parking can be limited. Be sure to arrive early, especially on the weekends.
In a mountain range famed for its stunning geography and spectacular views, Echo Point arguably has the pick of the bunch. From the wide viewing platform you can gaze out over the mighty Jamison Valley, its floor carpeted in thick vegetation, undulating over the topography of innumerable little gulleys. It’s also a great spot to take in the famous bluish haze for which the range is named. The phenomenon results from the abundance of Eucalyptus trees in the area, whose leaves release very fine droplets of oil into the surrounding air. When the sunlight strikes these droplets, it scatters into mostly blue-tinged rays of light. On a clear, sunny day, it cannot fail to impress.
This is also the best place to view the Three Sisters, the most famous rock formation in the Blue Mountains. Supposedly they were members of the Katoomba tribe who were turned to stone for their own protection during a battle by an elder who was killed shortly afterwards, thus meaning that they could never been turned back. They now stand proudly on the northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley.
Further Afield to the Giant’s Stairway
If you want to view the Sisters up close, an easy bushwalking trail will lead you there from Echo Point. When you arrive, you will also find yourself at the top of the Giant’s Stairway, a set of over 800 steel steps which will take you down to the valley floor. From there, you can walk the 90-minute Federal Pass Trail all the way to the base of the beautiful Katoomba Falls.
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