The Blue Mountains

March 1 and 2. We spend 2 nights at Katoomba in the heart of the blue mountains, whose foothills start about 50 Kms west of Sydney. Why the Blue Mountains ? The numerous eucalyptus trees emit their oil which gives the whole area a blueish haze. One of the most famous views is that of the ‘Three Sisters’, a stunning rock formation. 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 the neighbouring Nepean tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this 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.

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