Three Sisters

Three craggy sandstone outcrops form the Three Sisters: Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo.

TravelCurious Tip

If you want to view the Sisters up close, an easy bushwalking trail will lead you there from Echo Point.

Probably the most famous natural formation in the Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters jut out of the rocky northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley. They are impressive from any angle, but the best way to see them is from Echo Point, from which you can get a spectacular vista of the blue-tinged, undulating valley beyond.

A Heart of Stone

Scientifically-minded types may be satisfied with the so-called explanation that the Sisters were formed as the soft sandstone of the mountains was eroded over time, slowly breaking up the valley sides. However, those of a more romantic disposition will be pleased to hear that the native Aboriginal population have their own version of the story. The legend tells that three sisters of the Katoomba tribe, Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, fell passionately in love with three men from the neighboring Nepean tribe. Unfortunately, a longstanding feud between the two factions meant that their proposed marriages were forbidden.

This was not good enough for the three men. They attempted to take the sisters by force, resulting in all-out warfare between the tribes. Fearing for the lives of the sisters, an elder turned them all to stone for their protection, but he was killed in the subsequent fighting. Since he was the only one who could reverse the spell, the sisters were doomed to a stony eternity, and have stood there ever since.

Nearby Attractions

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Blue Mountains
Rising to the west of Sydney, this mountain range owes its distinctive blue sheen to the indigenous Eucalyptus trees.
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Home to a comprehensive menagerie of native Australian wildlife, on the way to the Blue Mountains.
Cliff Drive
A scenic drive highlighting the beautiful scenery of the Blue Mountains.
Echo Point
A fantastic viewpoint in the Blue Mountains, looking out over the sandstone trio of the Three Sisters.
One of the small townships nestled within the Blue Mountains, Leura is a self-styled 'Garden Village.'
The main centre for those making daytrips to the Blue Mountains, with spectacular scenery on all sides.

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