|The majestic Three Sisters of the Blue Mountains have been immortalised in many works of art.|
Long ago in the Blue Mountains, three Aboriginal sisters - Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo - lived with their father, a witch doctor named Tyawan.
There also lived one creature feared by all - he was the Bunyip. Tyawan who knew where he lived would leave his daughters high on the cliff behind a rocky wall where they would be safe while he would collect food.
One day, waving goodbye to his daughters, he descended the cliff. On the top of the cliff, a big centipede suddenly appeared and frightened Meenhi. She picked up a stone and threw at him. The stone rolled away over the cliff and crashed into the valley below. The rocks behind the three sisters split open, leaving the sisters on a thin ledge.
There was a deep rumble from below and the angry Bunyip emerged from his sleep. He looked up to see who had rudely awakened him and there, perched on the thin ledge he saw the sisters cowering in fear. Furiously he lurched towards them.
In the valley, Tyawan heard the cry and looked up to see that the Bunyip had almost reached his daughters. Frantically the witch doctor pointed his magic bone at the girls and turned them into stone. They would be safe there until the Bunyip was gone and then Tyawan would return them to their former selves.
The Bunyip became angrier when he saw what had happened and he turned on Tyawan and began to chase him. Running away, Tyawan found himself trapped against a rock which he could neither climb nor go around. He quickly changed into a lyrebird and disappeared into a small cave. Everyone was safe but Tyawan has dropped his magic bone. The Bunyip returned angrily to his hole.
Tyawan crept out of the cave and searched for the bone, still seeking it today while the Three Sisters stand silently waiting, hoping he will find the bone and turn them back to their former selves.
We can see the Three Sisters today from Echo Point and in the valley we can hear Tyawan, the lyrebird, calling them as he searches for the lost bone. The Blue Mountains is just one-hour drive away from Sydney. Anytime is a good time for a visit, unless it's a rainy or foggy day.
|They are the tourists' favourite backdrop at Echo Point.|
Brad's 2-cent's worth: What if I go search for the magic bone? If I could return the sisters to their normal selves, I'll marry all three. har har har *evil laughs*