The History of the Three Sisters

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The Three Sisters are one place you must visit when taking a Blue Mountains tour . Their sheer size is incredible and their story even more so. Here, we unravel some of the important information about this fascinating formation. If you haven't already after reading this you'll be itching to visit this incredible site:

Some interesting facts:

  • The Three Sisters vary slightly in height. One is 922 metres tall and the other two are 918 and 906 metres in height. 
  • The Three Sisters each have a name. They are called Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo.
  • The Three Sisters tower over the Jamison Valley which is located near Katoomba.
  • They are made of sandstone, like the walls of the surrounding Jamison Valley.
  • The three formations were created by wind and rain which is constantly sculpting the soft sandstone of the Blue Mountains.
  • It's said that eventually The Three Sisters will be completely eroded away.

The best vantage point to view The Three Sisters

Echo Point is the most popular point at which to view the The Three Sisters and take in the beauty of the surrounding valley. You can then take the Giant Stairway into the valley to enjoy the views of the bottom of the cliffs. This is a great way to experience the full beauty of the mountains. And you don't have to worry about walking your way down and having trouble walking back up. From the bottom you can take the world's steepest railway back to the top!

The legend

There is a fascinating Aboriginal dream-time legend that explains the story of the sisters and how they got there:
The story tells of three sisters who were part of the Katoomba tribe who lived in the Jamison Valley. The three young women, Meehni, Wimblah and Gunnedoo had fallen in love with three boys (who were also brothers) from the Nepean tribe. However they weren't able to marry because of tribal law.

The brothers upset by this decided to capture the three sisters, which started a battle between the two tribes. A witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to protect the sisters from harm, but turning them into stone for protection. He was killed during the battle so he was unable to turn them back to flesh like he planned to, after the battle was over.

The sisters are still beautiful in their rock formation and remain there as a reminder of the battle that took place between the two tribes.

The Three Sisters are truly a magical place to visit. With plenty of day tours available in the area, you can experience this amazing formation from a number of different vantage points to really immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Jamison Valley.

I hope our brief history of this iconic Australian landmark has given you some insight into its significance to Aboriginal people and all Australians as one of our most treasured natural wonders.

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