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Three Sisters (Australia)

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Travel Guide Oceania Australia New South Wales Blue Mountains Three Sisters

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Three Sisters at dawn

Three Sisters at dawn

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The Three Sisters is a well-known sandstone rock formation in the Blue Mountains in Australia. Jutting out about the Jamison Valley on the edge of Katoomba, they tower to over 900 metres.

The most common lookout from which to appreciate the Three Sisters is at Echo Point, from where you can take in the Sisters, the vast Jamison Valley and the distant mountains. If you'd like to get away from the crowds (which you can reasonable expect at Echo Point), try doing the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, which trails along the cliff's edge and affords plenty of great vantage spots to enjoy the scenery of the Jamison Valley and Three Sisters. For a more adventurous option, it's possible to walk out to the first Sister and descend into the valley from there with the Giant Stairway - but beware that it's very steep and requires you to be a fairly strong walker, especially when coming back up!

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Aboriginal legend of the Three Sisters

According to Aboriginal legend, the Three Sisters are the Aboriginal sisters Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, whose father was a witch doctor. When the oldest of the three, Meenhi, upset the Bunyip (a mythical devil common in Aboriginal legend), the sisters' father turned them into rocks for their safety. To flee from the approaching Bunyip, he then turned himself into a lyre bird. In the process, he dropped the magic bone which allowed him to perform these transformations - leaving the three sisters to become permanent rock fixtures.

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