A Majestic Landmark of the Blue Mountains
On your tour of the Blue Mountains, one of the must-see attractions is the iconic Three Sisters mountain formation. This majestic landmark in Katoomba comprises three distinct peaks, each towering over 900 meters above sea level. The Three Sisters is not just a breathtaking natural wonder but a sacred site of the Gundungurra and Darug people, who have lived there for tens of thousands of years.
A unique geological formation
The Three Sisters is a unique geological formation believed to have been created by erosion over millions of years. The three towering peaks, Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo, are made up of sandstone initially deposited as sediments in a shallow sea over 300 million years ago. Over time, the sandstone was uplifted and eroded by wind, rain, and water, creating the distinctive peaks we see today.
Visitors to the Three Sisters can take in the stunning views of the peaks from several vantage points, including the Echo Point lookout, which provides a panoramic view of the Jamison Valley and the surrounding Blue Mountains. From here, you can see the peaks of the Three Sisters looming in the distance, their colours changing throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky.
The Spiritual Significance for Indigenous Australians
As mentioned earlier, the Three Sisters hold great spiritual significance to the area’s indigenous people. According to legend, the Three Sisters were turned to stone by a tribal elder to protect them from harm, but the elder passed away before turning them back to human form. The story is a reminder of the deep connection between the land and the people who have lived on it for thousands of years.
An Awe-Inspiring Experience
The Three Sisters is a majestic and awe-inspiring natural wonder to be enjoyed during your visit to the Blue Mountains. Take the time to explore see this incredible landmark and marvel at the beauty of nature.