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The Three Sisters

Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre

The Three Sisters watch over the land of the traditional country of the Darug, Gundungurra, Wiradjuri and Dharwal Aboriginal people. According to one Aboriginal legend, the pillars were once three beautiful sisters named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo who were turned into stone by a powerful tribal elder. You can learn more about how the Three Sisters were formed at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre at Echo Point. Aboriginal dancers and musicians perform on the hour from 10am until 4pm, telling the story of the Three Sisters and an introduction to Australian Aboriginal culture. Wander through the gallery which features prominent Aboriginal artists or enjoy the pretty wildflower display and traditional artefacts.

Explore the walking tracks at Echo Point

Soak up the waterfalls, forests, ravines and sheer cliffs on one of the 140 kilometres (87 miles) of walking tracks around Echo Point. Get up close on the Three Sisters Walk, a one kilometre (0.62 mile) walk from the main lookout. Descend to the valley floor on the Giant Stairway, a trail of more than 800 steps that leads to the base of the Three Sisters. At the bottom, follow the Scenic Walkway, a meandering 2.4 kilometre (1.5 mile) boardwalk that will take you through ancient rainforest. If you don't feel like walking, you can ride to the bottom and back again on the thrilling and steep Scenic Railway, or gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floors of the Scenic Skyway or giant aerial cable cars of the Scenic Cableway.

See the Three Sisters from a new angle

While you can get a fantastic view of Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo from Echo Point, adventure seekers will love the chance to abseil down Malaita Point to see them from a whole new perspective. Blue Mountains Wild Adventures offer half and full day abseiling adventures to Malaita Point. You don’t have to be experienced to try abseiling here, but you do need to be comfortable with heights because you’ll travel up to an incredible 200 metres (656 feet) down the sandstone cliff walls in a series of pitches. Or if you’d like to head up rather than down, the Australian School of Mountaineering offer guided climbs up from the Jamison Valley floor, on their Sweet Dreams climb.  

Grab a bite to eat at The Lookout

Once you’ve taken in the spectacular views, linger over coffee, lunch or a drink at The Lookout. Try the Milkbar for casual coffee, Bar NSW which features only New South Wales wines and an outdoor beer garden, or Restaurant 1128 for casual dining overlooking the Jamison Valley. The Echo Point Visitor Information Centre is also nearby, for local tourism information and maps.

Experience the Three Sisters by night and in luxury

As dusk falls, the Three Sisters change their look yet again, this time all lit up by glittering floodlights. Check in to the lavish Lilianfels Resort and Spa and enjoy an indulgent high tea or spa treatment, then take the short 15 minute walk to see the Three Sisters after dark. Against the backdrop of the black night sky, the Three Sisters sparkle until 11pm each night. Head back to Lilianfels for dinner in the hatted Darley’s Restaurant, or Echoes Restaurant nearby.

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