The Blue Mountains

The Story

How the Blue Moutains were formed.

The Blue Mountains are the remains of a plateau that has been mostly washed away by rivers and creeks. About 250 million years ago the rock that makes up the plateau was laid down as layers of sand, silt and the remains of plants in a vast coastal inlet. Rivers flowing into the trough eventually filled it with sediment, creating deltas and swamps, in which they continued to deposit sand.

The Dreamtime Story.

A long time ago in The Blue Mountains there lived three beautiful 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 he accidentally disturbed the Bunyip who awoke to see the three beautiful sisters playing in the valley. Tyawan saw the Bunyip close to his daughters so he pointed his magic bone at the girls and turned them into stone. They would be safe there until the Bunyip had gone and then Tyawan would return them to their former selves.

The Bunyip then chased Tyawan who found himself trapped. A fight ensued in which the Bunyip gained the upper hand. Tyawan then knew that he could not win the fight so he turned himself into a lyrebird and fled.

The Bunyip searched the valley for Tyawan and the girls but could not find them. Tyawan searched and searched for his magic bone so that he could change his daughters back. Sadly

to this day he has not been able to find it.

The Three Sisters stand silently watching from their ledge, hoping he will find the bone and turn them back to Aboriginal girls. As you look at The Three Sisters you can hear Tyawan - the Lyrebird - calling his daughters as his search for the bone continues.