The Three Sisters, about 2 hours west of Sydney, is the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark. Located at Echo Point Katoomba, around 2.5 kilometres from the Great Western Highway, this iconic visitor attraction is experienced by millions of people each year.
The Three Sisters is essentially an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend were turned to stone.
The soaring weathered sandstone cliffs of the Blue Mountains will make you feel small, especially when you consider they’ve been here for more than 50 million years. This rugged range to the west of Sydney is home to the much-loved Three Sisters, the towering rock formations that constantly change as the sun crosses the sky, casting beautiful shadows and creating a spectacular colour palette as the day goes on.
The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours.
The family-friendly Three Sisters walk treats you to ever-changing views of the grand Siblings, rising nearly a kilometre above sea level.
Pass through the archway, next to the Echo Point Visitor Centre, and you’ll soon be surrounded by soaring eucalypt forest, bird calls and fresh mountain air. Keep an eye out for the superb lyrebird and crimson rosellas as you walk the gently sloping path for 450m to Oreades lookout. Marvel at the incredible views of the Three Sisters’ weather-eroded sandstone turrets, and the hazy ‘blue’ Jamison Valley stretching to Mount Solitary.
From here, steps lead a further 50m to Lady Game lookout, for a closer view of this remarkable rock formation. A short but very steep set of stairs at the top of the Giant Stairway leads to Honeymoon Bridge, which connects to the first sister.
On the way back, enjoy the short signposted detour to Spooners lookout. If you’re feeling energetic, there are plenty of longer walks nearby, including Prince Henry Cliff walk, Dardanelles Pass loop walking track, and the Three Sisters Walk to Scenic World via Giant Stairway.