Natural monuments in Leura

Three Sisters (Australia)

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The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. They are close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains' most famous sights, towering above the Jamison Valley. Their names are Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m).

The Sisters were formed by erosion. The soft sandstone of the Blue Mountains is easily eroded over time by wind, rain and rivers, and the cliffs surrounding the Jamison Valley are being slowly broken up. Formations like the Three Sisters are created when water seeps into small cracks in the rock, gradually enlarging them over time to form large indentations. Eventually, the Sisters will be eroded away completely.

The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. Battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back. This legend is falsely claimed to be an Indigenous Australian Dreamtime legend.

From the nearby Echo Point, a bushwalking trail leads to the Three Sisters and down to the valley floor via more than 800 well-maintained steel and stone steps called "The Giant Stairway". Then a 1.5-hour walk on The Federal Pass trail leads to the base of Katoomba Falls and the Katoomba Scenic Railway. Walkers who don't wish to climb back to the top can take the Scenic Railway back to civilization for a small fee.

See also

  • Australian Landmarks

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Murray Stevenson
14 July 2012
It gets alot colder here in winter than you'd expect. The wind coming in through the valley over the lookout will chill you to the bone. Bring a jacket.
Lyn
19 April 2014
If you're going at night, bring along a torch light or use your phone light. It's so dark, you won't be able to see the concrete columns and could seriously injure yourself.
FangFang Cang
24 November 2015
Took most of my relatives here whenever they visited Sydney, a scenic view that always makes successful wow factor, do your own tour and walk the towny for a little bit before heading off
Antonio Gelonesi
25 April 2019
Ok , so walk down the steep steps and follow the path to the steepest train ride back and think about the last two hours wear comfortable shoes , carry water and think about a cool drink at the end !
Peter Robilliard
12 January 2014
Great tourist spot , expensive park but well work the trip. The blue mountains are really blue :0)
David Bennett
10 April 2017
Well worth a visit, walk suitable for the unfit with many hard walks for the fit and keen. Take water with you.
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0.1km from The Giant Stairway, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW 2780, Australia

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