Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains
Overlooking the Jamison Valley with the Three Sisters to the left

$15 and a 2.5 hours train ride West from Sydney lands you into Katoomba to see the Blue Mountains, known for their slightly blue tint over the lush green forests around dusk and dawn. The landscape is adorned with escarpments, waterfalls, and vast valleys that span the horizon. This area is easily accessible and has something for everyone ranging from avid hikers to people who just want an amazing view without the effort. Also not forgetting to mention, here is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Note: Katoomba is not the only town you can go to in order to see the Blue Mountains, but it is where you go if you want to see the Three Sisters.

The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters

The largest attraction of the Blue Mountains are the Three Sisters. Aboriginal legend has it that these rocks were once three sisters named Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo who had a father named Tyawan, who was a witch doctor. Nearby there lived a Bunyip, an aboriginal mythical creature, inside a deep hole. One day, Tyawan went out in search for food. While he was gone, a centipede came and frightened one of the sisters, who then threw a rock at it. The stone ended up landing into the hope of the Bunyip, thus awakening it from its sleep. The Bunyip then started chasing the sisters. To protect them, Tyawan turned the sisters into stone with his magic bone. The Bunyip became angry and began to chase Tyawan. To save himself, Tyawan turned himself into a Lyre Bird, but loses the magic bone in the process. Even after the Bunyip had gone, Tyawan was still unable to find his magic bone. And to this day, the Lyre Bird continues its search for it’s magic bone in order to turn the Three Sisters back again.

Witch's Leap
Witch’s Leap
Katoomba Falls
Katoomba Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

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