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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
The Legend of the Three Sisters ACCORDING TO GUNDUNGURRA DREAMING, three beautiful sisters named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo once lived with the Gundungurra people in the Jamison Valley. The maidens were in love with three brothers from the neighbouring nation of the Daruk people, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were warriors and decided to take the maidens by force. Tribal war forced the Kuradjuri (clever man) of the Gundungurra people to turn the sisters into stone. He intended to restore them after the danger had passed and the war had ended. Unfortunately, the Kuradjuri (clever man) was killed in the battle and to this day nobody has been able to break the spell and turn the Three Sisters back to their natural form. [This is one of a number of versions of the legend]. Legend reproduced with permission from: * Sharon Brown Burragurrang Clan, Gundungurra Nation * Merv Trindal, Chairperson Gundungurra Tribal Council You can visit the sculptures of Meehni, Wimlah, Gunnedoo and the Kuradjuri at Scenic World. SAVE WITH A FAMILY PASS! Travel by cable car to the forest floor! The Cableway is Australia's steepest passenger carrying cable car. On the way up or down you will enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle in the Jamison Valley as well as the world-famous Three Sisters, Orphan Rock and spectacular Katoomba Falls. Katoomba is an Aboriginal word meaning “shiny, tumbling water”. Cnr Violet St & Cliff Drive Katoomba Phone 1300 SKYWAY | 4780 0200 spring 2008 Stroll through ancient rainforest! Buy a return ticket and travel down on the Scenic Railway and walk 300 metres through beautiful temperate rainforest along the southern hemisphere’s LONGEST elevated timber boardwalk — the Scenic Walkway. Return to the top on the Cableway, or take your time and explore the entire 2.5 kilometres of boardwalk in the valley. Interpretive signs describe the many tree species you will see as you wander along. Enjoy the sounds of native birds, and drink from a mountain spring where the water has been filtered through 200 metres of sandstone. www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 11