“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.”
Many famous and notable Australians stayed at the resort including Australia’s first prime minister Sir Edmund Barton (he actually died there), Author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a handful of opera singers and the first Australian to ever win a gold medal (in Paris, 1900), all presumably taking in the “health benefits” of the retreat.
Our rooms were definitely worn out Victorian luxury, especially the bathrooms which looked straight out of the turn of the century, but we loved even this tarnished ambiance. I’m glad this amazing hotel is being renovated because even in need of a lot of TLC, I could see it was a special place. I hope they are able to retain its historic feel! If you would like to read more about their redevelopment vision, go to The Hydro Majestic Hotel website.