Can't find what you're looking for? Try the Search box
THE THREE SISTERS
At the end of Lurline Street and Echo Point Road the Echo Point viewing platforms give unsurpassed views of the best known natural formations in the mountains - The Three Sisters - as well as - the Jamison and Megalong Valleys - and Narrow Neck Peninsula.
Reaching out starkly from the sheer rock face of the Katoomba cliffs, these multi-coloured rock pillars symbolise the Blue Mountains more than any other natural formation.
An aboriginal legend from the Dream-time gives a vivid explanation of the origin of this unusual rock formation as a drama involving three sisters: Gunedoo, Meenhi and Wimlah.
They and their father, Tyawan, lived happily in the Blue Mountains, afraid only of the bunyip who lived in a deep hole nearby.
To keep his daughters safe, Tyawan left them on a high ledge. Soon after his departure one morning, a large centipede suddenly appeared on the ledge surprising one of the sisters who reacted defensively, throwing a rock that crashed down into the valley below awakening the fearsome bunyip.
The highly enraged creature lumbered towards the three sisters
and Tyawan, hearing their cries, quickly pointed his magic bone and turned them to stone to protect them. The thwarted bunyip turned and chased Tyawan who transformed himself into a lyrebird. Unfortunately , in the excitement of the moment he lost his protective, magic bone. He scratched around looking for it everywhere, unable to turn himself or his daughters back into human form until it was found.
The cry of the lyrebird may still be heard today as Tyawan searched unceasingly for his bone.