23 June 2009
I have lived in Australia for over five years and in all that time, I've never seen the Blue Mountains. Every tourist website and many Aussies talk about the lovely mountains and Rohan and I decided to remedy the fact that I had yet to see them.
We set off in the morning, probably not as early as I would've liked to, but we got going before noon, which is a bit of an accomplishment these days (sad, I know). With the croissants Auntie Lay picked up for as breakfast, we headed off on the two and a half hour drive to reach the Blue Mountains. And what a day! The sun was shining, the birds were chirping. Of course the day we leave Sydney, it decides to be sunny!
We stopped off at Wentworld Falls and had a walk around there. We unfortunately didn't have all day, so we just went for a couple of the shorter jaunts, but time permitting, would've loved to have done one of the four or five hour walks. To get the really good views of the falls, one of the longer walks are necessary, as they take you down lower. The short walks leave you on level with the falls, which is good, but I reckon falls are always best looked at from below.
After Wentworth, we went to Leura. From there we stopped off at the Three Sisters. There are several versions of the Legend of the Three Sisters, but the one I liked the best (and the one posted at the site) goes like this (borrowed from www.aussie-info.com):
Long ago in the Blue Mountains there lived three little Aboriginal sisters. They were Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, whose Witch Doctor father was called Tyawan.
Only one creature was feared by all – the Bunyip who lived in a deep hole. When Tyawan had to pass the hole, he would leave his daughters safely on the cliff behind a rocky wall. One day, waving goodbye to his daughters, he descended the cliff steps. On top of the cliff a big centipede suddenly appeared and frightened Meehni, who threw a stone at it. The stone rolled over the cliff and crashed into the valley.
Birds, animals and fairies stopped till as the rocks behind the three sisters split open, leaving them on a thin ledge.
The angry Bunyip emerged to see the terrified sisters. In the valley, Tyawan saw the Bunyip close to his daughters, so he pointed his magic bone at the girls and turned them to stone. The Bunyip then chased Tyawan, who found himself trapped, so he changed himself into a Lyre Bird. Everyone was safe, but Tyawan had dropped his magic bone. After the Bunyip had gone, Tyawan searched and searched for his bone – and he is still searching.
The Three Sisters stand silently watching him from their ledge, hoping he will find the bone to turn them back to Aboriginal girls.
As you look at the Three Sisters, you can hear Tyawan – the Lyre Bird – calling his daughters as his search for the lost bone continues.
The sun was setting by the time we'd finished looking around the Three Sisters, so Rohan and I hit the road headed for Singleton, just near the Hunter Valley.