We spent day 5 an hour west of Sydney in the Blue Mountain’s National Park exploring and hiking.
The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales, Australia. It borders on Sydney‘s metropolitan area, its foothills starting approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the state capital. The area begins on the west side of the Nepean River and extends westward as far as Coxs River. Geologically, it is situated in the central parts of the Sydney basin.
Consisting mainly of a sandstone plateau, the area is dissected by gorges up to 760 metres (2,490 ft) deep. The highest point of the range is Mount Werong at 1,215 metres (3,986 ft) above sea level. A large part of the Blue Mountains is incorporated into theGreater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site, consisting of seven national park areas and a conservation reserve
We began our day with an hour hike to Wentworth Falls. The falls are three-tiered and total 187 metres. It is impossible to see the entire falls from the ground but they were beautiful from above. It was so windy that the mist was making, what looked like, a rainbow of fire; A very interesting phenomenon.
Then we drove to the “Three Sisters”
The Three Sisters are a rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. They are close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains’ best known sites, towering above the Jamison Valley. Their names are Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), andGunnedoo (906 m).
The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters (Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’) lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighboring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back. This legend is claimed to be an Indigenous Australian Dreamtimelegend.
However, Dr Martin Thomas, in his work “The artificial horizon: imagining the Blue Mountains”,clearly shows that the “aboriginal” legend is a fabrication created by a non-Aboriginal Katoomba local, Mel Ward, presumably to add interest to a local landmark. The story originated in the late 1920s or early 1930s and is unknown prior to that date.
The Aboriginal traditional owners, the Gundungurra, have a legend that includes the Sisters rock formation. They are currently developing a website which will include these traditional stories.
It was a beautiful day exploring and hiking. Our route:
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Enjoy the photos!