Friday, April 20, 2012

Around Australia in a van: Three Sisters with my one sister

Three sisters? That would be a bit much for me - I think I was lucky to visit the Three Sisters with my one and only sister! Of course, it was almost twenty-five years ago ...

I've been terribly neglectful in continuing my Australia in a van series but here we are again, moving on from skateboarding dogs in Sydney to one of the most popular New South Wales tourist attractions outside Sydney, the Three Sisters. The three-pronged rock formation is part of the Blue Mountains close to Katoomba and as I understand it lots of people visit them on a day-trip from Sydney - we, however, were en route to Canberra (a tale for another day!).

There are several versions of how these rocks came to be called the Three Sisters but my favourite version is the lovely tale they mention first on the Blue Mountains tourism site - it's a legend from the Aboriginal dreamtime:
Three sisters, 'Meehni', 'Wimlah' and Gunnedoo' lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle. As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come.
So there you go, men: don't try to break the law to marry the women you want to or they might get turned into stone forever! Although at least they are immortalised and a great tourist attraction?

Anyway, this is a really beautiful part of Australia and if like many tourists you only get a chance to hit some main spots like Sydney, then the Blue Mountains are an easily accessible day trip to take you out of the big smoke for a while. And you don't necessarily have to take your sister with you :-)

Modern day Three Sisters by loop_oh


  1. At the end of last year I did a spontaneous trip to the Red Centre with three sisters!
    Not my three sisters, so it was three sisters and I :)
    We went on the most amazing camperbus trip from Uluru to Cairns -
    Travelling with family (or friends that are so close its like family) is such fun!

    1. LOL, so you were kind of like an honorary fourth sister? Uluru to Cairns would be a fabulous trip.


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