Three Sisters collapse leaves town reeling

Three Sisters collapse leaves town reeling
A rockslide has forever altered the Blue Mountains landscape.
A rockslide has forever altered the Blue Mountains landscape.

Errol Parker | Journalist | [email protected]


A catastrophic rockslide has claimed one of the iconic Three Sisters this afternoon as crews scramble to secure the scene.

The biggest Sister succumbed to gravity at 1:37pm EDST and has since come to rest on the valley floor.

Police and fire teams have confirmed that nobody has been killed or injured in the disaster but as a precaution, the National Parks authority has closed the park.

The collapse comes as rangers raised concerns over the growing rate of erosion on the southern side.

Prime minister Tony Abbott was quick to blame the disaster on global warming, climate change and Islam.

“The big three issues facing Australians today have been brought back in to the spotlight,” says Mr Abbott.

“We won’t be sitting idly by and let these Islamo-eco-terrorists threaten our way of life.”

NSW Premier Mike Baird says that while it’s sad to see one of them fall, it’s nature.

“It’s a real privilege to see something like that in your life time,” says premier Baird.

“It’s sad, but exciting.”

Katoomba residents have expressed their sadness and grief over losing not only one of their favourite landmarks, but also one of their biggest cash cows.

“I don’t know what to do,” says the owner of Three Sisters Cafe & Grille, Jane Watford.

“I’m going to have to change the name of my business,” says Mrs Watford.

“I’d rather end it all than deal with ASIC again.”

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46 Responses to "Three Sisters collapse leaves town reeling"

  1. Luke   October 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

    You will have to change the cafe name to the 2 sisters cafe

  2. rebekah   October 30, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I dont know how on earth Tony Abbott has linked Islamic terrorists to this natural “tragedy”???? Think about it and please use common sense…. how many of the iconic 12 apostles are actually still standing?? People still flock to see the treasures of nature along the great ocean road. There was also the arch that collapsed leaving visitors stranded there. Nature is a wonderful terrible thing.

    • tor   October 31, 2014 at 12:26 am

      oh wow! how stupid are you! this is a fake!

    • Jason   October 31, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Please don’t breed.

    • Scott   October 31, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Obviously Islam is somehow responsible for this. The Prime Minister is correct. The Muslims are working closely with global warming to end us all #ebola

      • Liza   October 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        Scott, you have made my day ! Thank you!

        • jack z   November 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

          dear dear rebekah.. don’t leave the house unescorted would be my recommendation.

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  4. Geoff   October 30, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    What a funny prank..I was nearly convinced this was real after Tony Abbott’s comments..Because that’s exactly what the drip would say if this actually happened.. Haha..good one!

    • Dave   January 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      You Geoff,
      are a moron.

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  7. Chris   October 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Looks like the collapse blurred everything behind it, and took out the mid portion of the cloud’s shadow.

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  9. brooke cameron   October 31, 2014 at 12:06 am

    this is a hoax

  10. Grey nomad   October 31, 2014 at 12:06 am


  11. Mary   October 31, 2014 at 12:12 am

    rebekah…get out much?

  12. Peter   October 31, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I hope you realise this article was written to take the piss……

  13. Grey nomad   October 31, 2014 at 12:23 am

    BULL SHIT! You Should learn how to photoshop shit for brains

  14. Brendan   October 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Photo looks badly photoshopped I say a hoax, either that or wrong 3 sisters.

  15. Fil Mackay   October 31, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I think terrorists are implicated in the 12 apostles. Look it up.

  16. Puke   October 31, 2014 at 12:45 am

    ^^ This idiot

  17.   October 31, 2014 at 12:57 am

    It’s nearly impossible to find well-informed people on this topic, but you sound like
    you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  18. Duckius Nuttius   October 31, 2014 at 1:06 am


    People are idiots if they believe this; it’s clearly a hoax. A very good one though.

  19. Ben   October 31, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I wanna know why they put a number for people thinking about suicide at the bottom of this . It isn’t devastating enough to kill yourself ?

  20. Rocco   October 31, 2014 at 3:46 am

    I doubt this is true, but really who cares (the three sisters). It’s not that good of a tourist spot anyway. I had friends from overseas who paid for a bus trip to see this “Iconic” tourist spot. They just laughed that they paid to see three rocks on a mountain….

  21. Colin   October 31, 2014 at 3:50 am

    New name… “The cafe formerly known as 3 sisters cafe”.

    U mean the Islamic terrorists didn’t spend the last 50,000 years secretly chipping away at the rocks? I suppose you are n going to tell me next that they didn’t cause the extinction of the dinosaurs.
    Give it a rest Tony. I have spent the last 20 years living in a very Muslim neighbourhood and have not once felt any reason to be concerned. For all Tony’s fear monte ring, my neighbours have never been anything other than friendly and courteous toward me, often inviting me into their homes. For the record, I am Anglo-Australian and an atheist.

    • David   November 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Or “symbol” as prince did!

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  24. Brianna   October 31, 2014 at 5:57 am

    As much as people are saying “you’re stupid if you don’t realise this is fake”…

    a) immediately attacking others for things they are unaware of reveals much more about the level of your intelligence than those you are attacking
    b) the reason why this is so believable is that as Australians we are unfortunate enough to be have a prime minster in power that is on par with Bush with the level of ignorant ethnocentrism and Islamic fear mongering presented in the public eye.

    It says much more about Australian government than the viewers of this article that people might initially deem this article to be factual.

  25. Jason   October 31, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Are you serious!?? Please for the love of God do not breed.

  26. Steve   October 31, 2014 at 6:46 am

    How funny are all the dumbarses that are banging on about political spin and bought this story?!?! Awesome work!

  27. Team Australia   October 31, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I was waiting for something like this to happen. Letting people with burkas into parliament, allowing Australians back into the country from Africa with their Ebola diseases… it wouldn’t surprise me if those people are just entering the country illegally just to steal our national symbols under their long flowing face-covering clothing to their islamic states in an attempt to brain-wash us all into thinking climate change is a really truely thing.

    Think about it sheeple.

  28. collette   October 31, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    You are obviously a very clever man and a shame you are wasting it on stories like this. With your intelligence and following, you have the power to do amazing things. Make a difference in someones life. But instead whilst stories like this may be funny to some their are those who will believe it and feel stupid when it is pointed out to them, especially if they are not strong minded and this is the thing that breaks them. You put helpline numbers on your page so I know you are aware of how fragile some people are. The world needs a good laugh and it appears you do that, the world is full of such anger and prejudism, that we need some positive stories to remind us of the good in the world. You have the POWER and I really hope you use if for good, change the world, make a difference, you are obviously smart enough.

  29. Mr Sherlock   November 1, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Threes a crowd.. the other two pushed her for sure.
    They got their rocks off on this one.

  30. John   November 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I bought aseason ticket for rides at Scencic worls. Where do I get my refund. I sippose I may have to settle for a third of it, but it was the biggest third. That sister got in the way of a beautiful view down the valley, so I suppose there is some upside to it.

    Must hve been a busy night for Sydney news bacause it has not made the news yet, here or New York.

    The shops in Katoomba don’t do very well out of tourists anyway, so i guess the place will recover.

  31. Megan   November 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    WTF Tony Abbott? Islam???

  32. Wiebe43   November 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Must have been a big weekend for the third sister. Looks like she’ll be coming down for a while

  33. Vanessa   November 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I have relatives from Denmark come over and only yesterday did they go see the 3 sisters and took photos there are still 3 standings in the pics that were taken.
    This story is all fake trying to make people warried for nothing

  34. Peter   November 4, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I’m disgusted one or more of the moronic Greens haven’t mouthed off already: It’s the Fluoride in the water. We warned everyone so long ago but still they persist. It’s great that we’re all hammering Tony Abbott as being responsible for all the evils we are enduring, Wayne Swan and Julia Gillard were doing such a wonderful job but I really must correct the record on Fluoride.

  35. Adrian   November 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I have always wondered about the issue of having three sisters… why not have one male in there and two women?

  36. Emma Salmon   November 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    i am wondering what is the meaning of the third sister falling down means the dreamtime story

  37. McEd   December 5, 2014 at 6:17 am

    This is clearly a fake as Tony Abbott does not believe in global warming and would have blamed the Rudd Gillard government. The truth is Joe Hockey has determined we can only afford two sisters to tackle Labours debt and deficit crisis and had one sister cut. Tony read this report and commented ‘one less prominent Sheila is a good thing’;-)

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  39. ping pong   June 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Dose nobody understand this is sacred land and means a lot to the aboriginal community this has made me fell so angry that nobody cares about this landmark.

    he 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.

    you should all be ashamed with yourself


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