The Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia (near Sydney) is a large plateau surrounded by ridges. The reason for the name is due to light being scattered by the terpenoids the eucalyptus trees emit into the atmosphere. A blue haze engulfs the entire area because of it. The eroding sandstone resulted in some rather interesting rock formations, the most famous being the Three Sisters. Apparently there are aboriginal stories explaining the Three Sisters. The most common story is that some men wanted to marry the chief’s three daughters. He said no, so the men tried to steal the daughters. The chief turned them into rocks to prevent it, but in the process lost his magical staff and was unable to return them to normal. I took a day trip to the Blue Mountains from Sydney. I added on an extra cable car ride as well. The tour ends at Sydney harbor after a ferry ride, which makes for a nice additional excursion.

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