The Three Sisters is a rock formation located in Katoomba, a popular Blue Mountains region of New South Wales.

Situated on the northern escarpment of the Jamison Valley, the Three Sisters each stand over 900 metres tall.

A local folk legend explains the names of the Three Sisters: Meehni (922 metres), Wimlah (918 metres) and Gunnedoo (906 metres).

Made of sandstone, the Three Sisters have been formed over thousands of years by various land erosion and are now a popular tourist attraction.

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How and Where to see the Three Sisters

Echo Point Lookout 

Echo Point Lookout is one of the best places to see the Three Sisters.

It is a popular lookout in the area.

This spot was specifically created for a better view of the Three Sisters.

At Echo Point Lookout, there are walks treks leading into the Blue Mountains National Park.

There is a visitors information centre and parking on site.

The Giant Stairway and Walking Trails 

From the Echo Point Lookout, you can walk closer to the Three Sisters.

In the untouched National Park wilderness, there are a number of walking treks available.

One popular walk close to the Three Sisters is the Giant Stairway.

It takes you some 980 steps down into the Jamison Valley.

Alternatively, you can take a 1.5 hour walk on The Federal Pass trail that leads to the bottom of Katoomba Falls.

Scenic World

At Scenic World, you can see the Three Sisters from a different perspective.

This privately owned tourist attraction offers four ways for you to enjoy the surrounding natural environment.

You’ll be able to experience a few unique and unusual views of the Three Sisters.

These include the Scenic Cableway, the Scenic Skyway, the Scenic Railway and the Scenic Walkway.

This is a paid attraction, but it offers visitors a chance to see and learn more about the surrounding area of the Three Sisters.

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Tips

Weather 

Katoomba can have vastly different weather throughout the year.

Most of the year, the area is warm and you will need a hat and sunscreen.

Extra clothing is recommended during winter months June, July, August) since there are strong winds across the valley.

Avoiding Crowds 

The Three Sisters is an ever-popular attraction, and you should be aware that crowds are common at the site during the school holiday periods and weekends.

If you’re hoping to avoid the crowds don’t travel in peak periods and try to arrive at the Three Sisters early in the morning.

Timing Your Visit 

The Three Sisters can be visited anytime throughout the day.

However, at sunrise and sunset the landmark is even more spectacular.

The Three Sisters are also lit up at night, which means night visits provides a unique experience as well.

How to get to the Three Sisters

Car

The Three Sisters is within easy reach of Sydney.

A car trip takes around 90 minutes on a well signed road via the M4 and the Great Western Highway.

Public Transport

It is also possible to catch a train on the Blue Mountains train line to Katoomba Station.

From here, catch local tour buses. 

Tours

There are a wide range of tour options from Sydney to see the Three Sisters.

This is the easiest way to explore Three Sisters and the Blue Mountains surroundings without the hassle of navigating to various attractions on public transport.

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History

In the 1920s, local legends told stories of the Three Sisters: Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo.

They lived in the Jamison Valley in the Katoomba Aborginal tribe.

Each sister fell in love with three men from the neighbouring Nepean tribe, but tribal law forbade the unions.

The brothers did not want to accept this law and decided to capture the three sisters by force.

A battle ensued, and an elder witch doctor turned the sisters to stone in order to protect them from the fighting.

However, the tribal violence that followed unfortunately killed him.

There was nobody else with the power to turn the sisters back to normal.

Interestingly, although this legend was claimed to be a legitimate Indigenous Australian Dreamtime legend, studies completed in 2004 indicate that the story was in fact fabricated by early European residents to add interest.

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