Perhaps the most recognisable landmark in the beautiful Blue Mountains of NSW, The Three Sisters are a series of striking rock formations overlooking the Jamison Valley.
Each formation is over 900 metres tall – that is more than 3000 feet above sea level.
The mystique of The Three Sisters is enhanced by Aboriginal dreamtime legend …
The legend has it that three sisters from the Katoomba tribe (“Meehni”, “Wimlah”, “Gunnedoo”) who lived in the Jamison Valley in dreamtime had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe – and that tribal law forbade them to marry.
In the best romantic tradition, the brothers were not prepared to accept the law and decided to use force to capture the sisters.
As the lives of the three sisters would be seriously threatened in any major tribal battle, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to ensure their safety. He intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over.
However, the witchdoctor – the only person who could reverse the spell and return the sisters to their natural beauty – was killed during the battle. The sisters remained in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of the futility of conflict for generations to come …
The Three Sisters and Echo Point overlooking the Jamison Valley remain one of Australia’s premier tourist attractions.