Three Sisters Hike in the Blue Mountains

Three Sisters Hike in the Blue Mountains

Australia
Australia

When Is the Best Time

The Three Sisters rock formation and Echo Point are the most popular part of the Blue Mountains. To avoid the crowds, come here early morning. The sunlight for your perfect picture is best from midday until the afternoon. Due to the popularity and the easy accessibility, the Three Sisters are utterly overrun with tour buses from Sydney. The hike itself is quiet and peaceful and the ideal way to enjoy the Blue Mountains' nature. Fewer crowds during winter.

Weather

Rain occurs throughout the year and sometimes snow in the higher area, but it's decreasing the last years. Overall, the winter months are a little drier and sunnier. The amount of rainfall in the Blue Mountains is similar to Sydney. The day temperatures depend on the area you are in the mountains. The summer is more bearable in the mid-20'°C than in Sydney, and the winter is chilly. Nights cool down even in the summer to an average of 12°C. Nevertheless, each season is different and can be marvellous for hiking in the Blue Mountains.

The Australian love their Blue Mountains to escape the urban heat. During the summer holidays from mid-December until late January, it's busy here, and accommodations have to be booked far in advance. 

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Location and Tips

Katoomba
Australia
Australia

The Three Sisters are located close to Katoomba. The names of the three rocks from left to right are Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m).

Of course, there is an Aboriginal legend behind. The beautiful three sisters of the Katoomba tribe felt in love with three brothers from the neighbouring tribe. Their law forbade marriage between different tribes. The brothers wanted to capture the sisters. To protect the sisters, they were turned into rocks by the tribal elders. In the battle, he got killed, and no one else could turn them back.

For an exceptional day in the Blue Mountains combine the Three Sisters view - Echo Point with a hike from Leura Cascades. Parking at Leura is free. The waterfall and Three Sisters hike is approximately 8 km long and takes less than four hours. Proceed from Leura Cascades to Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass, up to the Three Sisters and back to the parking via Prince Henry Cliff Walk. We began our hike at 11 a.m. at the end of the summer. We saw and heard several lyrebirds at Leura Forest. Lyrebirds are shy and start to hide as soon as they notice people. Remain quiet if you want to spot different birds. Have an eye on the trees, and you may spot parrots as well. One rosella took a bath in a paddle. This was a marvellous hike out in nature with lots of birds around. 

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Micha Herber-Bleich
Micha Herber-Bleich
I love adventurous trips and my husband…