This is the aboriginal story of the 3 sisters…
Long ago in the Blue Mountains 3 aboriginal sisters named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, lived with their witch doctor father Tyawan. The lived happily in the mountains but shared one fear – the bunyip that lived in a deep hole nearby. So to proctect his daughters when he was away, Tyawan would leave them high up a cliff behind a rock wall.
One day, after Tyawan waved goodbye to his daughters he went into the valley. However, when a large centipede appeared on the cliff top sanctuary, it so frightened Meehni that she threw a stone at it. But the stone rolled over the cliff.
Suddenly all the animals went silent and the rock behind the three sisters was split open, leaving them isolated on the thin edge. There was a rumble below and all the creatures began to flee saying “Quick, here comes then Bunyip!”. The three sisters huddled together.
The angry Bunyip which had awoken from his sleep looked up at what had rudely awakened him. He saw the sisters on the thin ledge and furiously lurched towards them.
In the valley, Tyawan heard the commotion and looked up to see the Bunyip had almost reached his daughters. Frantically the witch doctor pointed his magic bone to his daughters and turned them to stone. It would keep them safe there until the Bunyip left, after which Tyawan would return them back to their normal selves.
The Bunyip became even more enraged when he realised what had happened and turned on Tyawan and chased him. While fleeing, Tyawan became trapped by a rock he could neither climb nor circle, so he changed himself to a Lyrebird and dissapeered into a small cave. But alas, although everyone was safe, Tyawan lost his magic bone!
After the Bunyip returned home, Tyawan crept out of his cave and began searching for his magic bone and still is to this day.
Meanwhile the Three Sisters still stand on the ledge, hoping he will find the bone so he can bring them back to life.