From BlueMountainsAustralia.com: "The Aboriginal dream-time legend has it that three sisters, 'Meehni', 'Wimlah' and Gunnedoo' lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle.
As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come."
The Scenic Railway is the steepest passenger railway in the world, with a 52° incline. The ride down was pretty exciting, though not super fast so it didn't bother me too much. I don't do roller coasters! According to Scenic World's website, the train "descends 310 meters through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor. Operating since 1945, the Scenic Railway has thrilled 25 million passengers on just under 700,000 journeys." We had one of the last rides on the railway as it is being refurbished and updated.
Yes, please watch your limbs!
I couldn't really get a good photo through the chain roof, but here you go.
I loved these interesting trees with long, looping moss-covered branches. The forest contained a wide variety of eucalyptus trees (I had no idea there were so many different kinds), coachwoods, sassafras and turpentines, among others. The most common were the Blue Gum trees.
We road the train down into the rainforest, hiked around for a good little while, and rode the sky tram back. After a fun and full day, we drove back to Katoomba and Leura for dinner and a good night's sleep before the next day's adventure.