The Blue Mountains rise up in a delightful show of velvet forests and lush, dipping valleys. They makeup one of the best-loved parts of Australia, and bring visitors a range of unique attractions to enjoy in the vicinity.

Perhaps the biggest draw of the area is the Three Sisters, a spectacular natural monument that can be found at Echo Point Katoomba. Every year, millions of tourists venture to see this unique structure and learn more about its fascinating cultural heritage.

How the Three Sisters Were Formed

Land erosion over millions of years has formed the Three Sisters. Made out of soft sandstone, they have been slowly eroded over time by the elements, including harsh winds, rains, and plunging rivers.

Each of the structures stands at almost 1,000 metres tall, making them an impressive part of the Blue Mountains’ horizon.

The Legend of the Three Sisters

According to Aboriginal dreamtime legend, the Three Sisters were formed by a unique and fascinating story. The Three Sisters were known as Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo, and they all resided in the Jamison Valley as part of the Katoomba tribe.

The story has it that the three sisters soon fell in love with three brothers from a neighbouring tribe, the Nepeans, but tribal law meant they couldn’t marry those they had fallen in love with.

The brothers did not want to accept this fate, and so hatched a plan to capture the three sisters. A battle of the tribes ensued, which saw the three sisters’ lives put in great peril. Their own tribe called in a witchdoctor to turn the sisters into stone in order to protect them from any potential harm.

The plan was to turn them back from stone once the battle was over, but the witchdoctor was killed, leaving the sisters to remain in the stone states for generations to come.

The Giant Stairway at the Three Sisters

Exploring the landscape surrounding the Three Sisters is an incredible experience. From the nearby landmark of Echo Point, you can take a walk along a bush trail that leads straight to the Three Sisters via the lush valley floor. To get there, you have to descend 800 steel and stone steps that have been dubbed The Giant Stairway. From there, you can take a 1.5-hour walk along a trail to the bottom of the mesmerising Katoomba Falls and onto the Scenic Railway – another top attraction in the area.