The Three Sisters Blue Mountains

We have recently visited The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains at Echo Point in Katoomba. an approximately two hour drive (110k) from Sydney. This is a major tourist attraction visited by people from all over the world, attracted by the scenery and climate. People have been visiting the area since the 1890s as tourists, in what was predominately a mining area for shale and coal.  As the mining dropped off, The Great Western Hotel was built which became The Carrington Hotel. Since then it has been a holiday destination for Sydneysiders looking for fresh mountain air.

The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

Echo Point is a lookout approx 500m above the Jamison Valley floor and looks south down the Great Dividing Range and is part of The Blue Mountain National Park. Here at the lookout you are nearly one kilometre above sea level and in inclement weather can be enshrouded in low cloud and mist.

From this vantage point you can also view The Three Sisters, a rock formation of great significance to the Aboriginal people and their Dream Time. During a tribal war over three sisters who had fallen in love with three brothers from a neighbouring tribe, a witch doctor, who believed them to be in danger, turned the three beautiful sisters into stone to protect them. Unfortunately the witch doctor was killed and The Three Sisters were left in stone for time in memorial. You can walk onto the First Sister by following the path from Echo point.

The Giant Staircase to The Scenic Railway Bush Walk

Many bushwalks start from Echo Point. A very popular walk is from The Giant Staircase to the Scenic Railway, allow at least 3-4 hours. It is about five kilometres one way, only for the fit, you will descend 861 steps past The Three Sisters into the Jamison Valley, following the valley track to the base of The Scenic Railway. The last train is at 4.50pm, if you miss the train, it is a long set of steps to the top. A more sedate and less demanding walk is The Prince Henry Cliff Walk which is wheelchair friendly to Kedumba Lookout. This walk also goes east towards Leura. There are also Guided walks up to three days available in The Blue Mountains area.

Picnic Area

The actual lookout has no picnic tables. Lilianfels Park on the corner of Echo Point Road and Panorama Drive 60 metres south of Echo Point, has picnic tables and shelters and toilets. The Blue Gum Cafe and Panorama Brasserie is adjacent to the park.


There are many accommodation places available nearby, ranging from five star hotels to motels, B&B and cottage rentals.


There is a Visitor Information Centre at the lookout which sells clothing, maps and souvenirs. There are toilets, baby change rooms and disabled facilities onsite.

Parking and Transport

Parking is available, at $4.40 per hour, this also applies to nearby streets. Read signs carefully, especially if you intend to do some bush walking.

There are many transport options to The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, train, bus, coach or private car. There is a Trolley Shuttle and Explorer Bus around the major tourist attractions, daily tickets can be purchased.

Jeff – Parks In and Around Sydney.

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  1. I absolutely love the three sisters in the Blue Mountains. I have been there a couple of times and have marveled at the rock formations. Thanks for telling the story of how they evolved and hope to get down there again one day.

  2. I love visiting the three sisters in the Blue Mountains, although it has been a long time since I was last there. Thanks for the information and it has reminded me that it would be a great place to take the children :) .

  3. Hi Jackie

    I also love going to the Blue Mountains whether it is a day trip or a weekend away.

  4. Hi Hilary,

    The Blue Mountains are lovely this time of year, as long as it is not raining. The children would love it and there is so much to do.

  5. Janette and I love Sydney and want to venture out further next we visit family, I used Google Earth to check out Katoomba and it is amazing from the satelite as it is up very high over looking a huge plateau, I would like to see it from the ground. The biggest problem is finding information, this site has information plus, I got all the details I need just using my finger tips. Janette asked me to bookmark it and I put it on my facebook and others.
    best regards

  6. Thanks Keith, The Blue Mountains is a beautiful place to visit, you and Janette will love it.

  7. Gosh we walked down that track many years ago…our oldest was in a baby sling, and I carried him all the way down. On the return trip we decided to catch the train back up. So glad we did because my legs were like jelly by then!
    Love the Blue Mountains and love the three sisters.

    thanks for sharing Kerry and Jeff :)


  8. Great info on the Blue Mountains. We are really keen walkers and often visit the Blue Mountains. We’ve done the Giant Staircase a few times now – both ways – and always enjoyed it.

  9. Hi Jan

    The Blue Mountains is a great place for keen walkers, plenty of bushwalking tracks. I remember years ago walking out to the old ruined castle.

  10. Hi,

    I love to travel hill station, forests, adventure sports, sandy blue beaches. Please let me know whats the best time for bush walking. We have planned our trip for Cradle Mountains this time, hope it will be awesome.


  11. Hi
    Bushwalking is usually good all year round in Australia. It depends which type of temperature you prefer to walk in and what part of Australia you are planning your walk. I am located in Sydney NSW and Cradle Mountain is in Tasmania, which is the most southern part of Australia.

    I would suggest you contact the Cradle Mountain website. They will be able to give you information on what you can expect at different times of the year.

  12. Hello Kezzali,
    One day we will be tripping around the blue mountains as well it is in our plans for future development.
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