Three Sisters Lookout and Echo Point
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You will feel as if you are at the top of the world as you gaze out at hazy, blue-tinged mountains, lush forests and jagged towers of yellow sandstone. On some days, the clouds hang beneath your feet in the valleys. The Three Sisters rock formation in front of you is one of the most photographed scenes in Australia. Encourage your kids to imagine how it would feel to be an explorer or Aboriginal person standing here in the days before the solid, fenced-in viewing platform was built, and read them the legend about the Three Sisters while you are all surrounded by this spectacular setting.
Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre, Echo Point, Katoomba; 1300 653 408
■ Exploring the valley – a magical world of waterfalls and rainforest plants. Anyone with loads of energy can descend by the Giant Stairway – about 900 steps. If the return trip is too daunting, follow the Scenic Railway signs (part of Scenic World) for a ride up instead; the last train departs at 4.50pm.
The legend of the Three Sisters: Three beautiful sisters, Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, fell in love with three brothers from a neighbouring tribe, but Aboriginal law forbade the marriages. When the men went into battle to try to capture their brides, a witchdoctor turned the girls into stone to protect them. Unfortunately, the witchdoctor was killed in the battle and no one has ever been able to reverse the spell.
■ There’s a gently sloping track that leads from Echo Point to the Three Sisters – you end up actually standing in a niche in one of the rocks.