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ECHO POINT - BLUE MOUNTAINS ATTRACTIONS:
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 - and - the Jamison and Megalong Valleys - and Narrow Neck Peninsula.
The Giant Stairway
From 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". At the bottom, follow the Scenic Walkway, a meandering 2.4 kilometre boardwalk that will take you through ancient rainforest dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
Rising from the sheer rock face of the cliffs at Echo Point, on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley, are multi-coloured weathered sandstone rock pillars - formed over thousands of years and towering more than 900 metres high. They symbolise the Blue Mountains more than any other natural formation in the region.
The Three Sisters were formed by land erosion - the soft sandstone is easily eroded over time by wind, rain and rivers, causing the cliffs surrounding the Jamison Valley to be slowly broken up. The lighter coloured orange - yellow patches show rock recently exposed by erosion.
The Three Sisters are floodlit each evening creating a dazzling display against the night sky.
Accompanying Governor Macquarie on his historic 1815 journey to Bathurst along the road that Cox had just completed, was naval surgeon and pioneer pastoralist Sir John Jamison.
During the journey, Macquarie named many of the geographical features in the Blue Mountains and on reaching the area known as Weatherboard Hut (now Wentworth Falls), he came upon a high tableland overlooking a vast valley.
He renamed the valley Jamison Valley for his companion and also gave Jamison's name to the creek that runs beside the valley.