The 3 Sisters of the Blue Mountains: Katoomba, Australia
This was the 7th post (Day 7) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.
8th July 2014 – Blue Mountains (Katoomba), Australia (Day 7)
Three sisters. Lusting and luscious, they called.
Scandalous as it may sound, I was still sold.
But despite their enamouring curves and warm bosom,
the trees, they screamed into the twilight, “No! We are awesome!“
When on a trip to Sydney, if you plan to make a side-trip to Blue Mountains, many will tell you that it is best to make Katoomba your base.
The blue mountains is a mountain range to the west of Sydney, but is a world apart from it. Not just in terms of the landscape, but also the tranquil mode of life and the abundance of serenity. And if you plan to explore this UNESCO world heritage site, you have to choose a base. There are a few options for you to consider here. There is Laura, which is quite artsy and full of cafes. There is Mount Victoria, the highest point of the blue mountains.
But my recommendation would be Katoomba, the largest town in Blue mountain. And the one that gets the most visitors.
Located just 100km away from Sydney, Katoomba is easily reachable through Sydney Trains. A 2 hours train ride costs only about 12 AUD, and goes through some splendid mountainous views. And the Katoomba railway station is almost at the center of the town itself, close to everything. I stayed at the flying fox hostel, and after a quick check-in, I was off to wander and find out for myself what Katoomba was all about.
I just had to walk 2.5km from the train station to get to the famous Echo point. And it was not a bad walk at all. Rustic and elegant houses lined the main street of Katoomba, also called Katoomba street.
My first point of interest was the visitor information point. I was not with any tourist company, and was going to explore echo point and the 3 sisters alone. The least I should prepare with – and so should you – when exploring these mountain regions, was a map of the local neighbourhood. The visitor information point is open between 9 am to 5 pm. (Note that the sun tends to hide sometimes as early as 5 pm in these parts)
The 3 sisters
Legend goes that 3 sisters – namely ‘Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’ – were members of the Katoomba tribe who fell in love with 3 brothers from the nearby Nepean tribe. Their marriage was not possible due to tribal conflicts, and a witchdoctor converted the 3 sisters to mountains, in order to save them. He was killed before he could reverse the spell, and the 3 sisters remain just that : 3 mountains etched against the backdrop of Jamison Valley.
Whatever the legend is, they are a sight to behold. Each of them are atlas 3000 feet, and change their colours according to the time of the day and the weather.
The best way to view and enjoy the 3 sisters, is by taking the 3 sisters walk, which takes you through multiple lookouts, offering contrasting views. There is the Oreades lookout, and the lady game lookout, which gives an up close and personal view of the 3 sisters. You can even reach the first sister by taking a steep giant stairway and connecting to the so-called ‘honey moon bridge’.
I ended the day back in Echo point, but not before entertaining myself with the glorious sunset in the Jamison Valley.