The Three Sisters at Katoomba, NSW

by Rosemarie John on September 3, 2012

Just an hours drive from the heart of Sydney, lies the beautiful rock formations called the Thee Sisters. Located in the Blue Mountains at Katoomba, a visit to this panoramic region is a must for a refreshing break out of the city.

A World Heritage site and consisting of mainly a sandstone plateau dissected by gorges up to 760 metres deep, the Blue Mountains is home to the famous Three Sisters. Towering over the Jamison Valley, the Tree Sisters were formed over time by erosion of wind and rain. However, the locals have a different tale…

The legend speaks of three beautiful sisters called Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo who lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. When they fell in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, problems arose for tribal law forbade them to marry. With the intention to kidnap the sisters, a battle ensued. The tribe’s witchdoctor turned the sisters into stone with the intention to reverse the spell when the battle was over. However, having been killed in battle, the sisters remain in stone forever.

There are several other versions of this legend on the reason for the rock formations in aboriginal lore. Weather you choose to believe them or otherwise, the beauty of the Three Sisters set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Blue Mountains and the Jamison Valley below will not fail to impress. Standing at 922m, 918m and 906m respectively, the colours of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day as sunlight shines upon them.

Scenic World  Blue Mountains in Katoomba offers visitors many ways to gaze upon the Three Sisters. The following options can be found at the park: The Scenic Skyway, Cableway and Railway.

An ideal way down to the rainforest floor would be to descent 301 metres with the steepest incline railway in the world. The ride will not offer you views of the Three Sisters but it is an exhilarating ride nonetheless. Once at the bottom, you can enjoy the Scenic Wallkway that immerses you into the rich flora and fauna of the rainforest floor along with the beauty of the rock formations from a different angle.

To return, choose the Scenic Cableway  that will take you out of the rainforest in a much slower and smoother journey to enjoy the views of the Three Sisters one more time. The Scenic Skyway on the other hand offers a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and the never ending expanse of the Jamison Valley.

The best time to visit would be in the mornings when the fog blankets over the valley creating a very dreamlike perspective.

The Scenic Railway

The Scenic Walkway

The Scenic Cableway

The valley covered in fog

For more information on cost of tickets, click HERE. Located at 1 Violet Street, Katoomba, NSW 2780 Australia, Scenic World Blue Mountains is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

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