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The Three Sisters

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The Three sisters are one of the most famous landmarks of the Blue Mountains. Legend has it in the Aboriginal Dream time to rival tribes were at war. One of the chiefs, fearing for his three daughters safety, magically turned them to stone, to protect them until the war was over. Unfortunately the chief was killed before he could undo the spell and his daughters remained trapped in stone forever.

 

This section of the great dividing range west of Sydney is known as the Blue Mountains and are one of the famous landscape views of Australia. They are named after the blue mist that gives the mountains it's hue. The mist rises from Millions of eucalyptus trees and hangs in the air, painting the mountains and sky alike. The Mountains are actually a series of canyons, the Plateau is around 1000m above sea level and over millions of years rivers carved great canyons into it. It was thought to be an inpenitrable barrier to the west., until finally traversed in 1813 by explorers Wentworth, Blaxland and Lawson. It is now home to many small outback towns but sees huge tourism from rockclimbers, canyoneers, hikers, horse and bike riders and those who just want to enjoy the view. It is flooded by tourists and Sydneysiders alike trying to escape the bussell of the city.

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Taken on July 15, 2012