Located in Echo Point Katoomba, this magnificent and unusual rock formation is really famous around traveler. And lucky me I was there on August 2011 during my Return to Field School event (thanks to my friends at USYD that made this happen). Three Sisters, that is the way that people called this rock formation. Each of the Three Sisters stand at 922, 918, and 906 meters tall!
I heard that there are so many stories told by Aborigin people why this unusual rock formation formed. The famous one is about three beautiful sisters named Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’ lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. And all of them had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, which is tribal law forbade them to marry. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and kidnapped the three sisters. This kidnapping causing a major tribal battle and three sisters’s life were in danger. A witchdoctor from Katoomba tribe turned the sisters into stone to protect them and planned to reverse the spell until the war is over. Unfortunately, the witchdoctor was killed during the tribe war. That is why the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation and called “three sisters”.
There are a lot of version but according to earth science, this rock formation is formed because of the rifting process that happened approximately ninety two million years ago. The sculpting of individual stone are related to both vertical and horizontal joints or cracks.
Amazing eh? If you planned to visit Sydney, don’t forget to put “Three Sisters” on your itinerary. You can take Sydney Railway from Central Station and stop at Katoomba Station. Oh, don’t forget to bring warm clothes because the temperature especially during winter is really cold!