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A Week Split Between Sydney and the Blue Mountains - Best Way?

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We are planning a trip for next September that will take us to Sydney for one week and then on to Bali for a few days to visit with friends. We arrive by air early on a Friday morning and depart by air late afternoon the following Thursday. I think I have a pretty good idea of what we want to see in Sydney but am wondering about the logistics of a trip to the Blue Mountains.

We don't want to do a tour, so it seems our best option is to rent a car and drive. While in the Blue Mountains, we would like to see the major sites (Wentworth Falls, etc.), do a couple of hours hiking, explore Katoomba and possibly visit the Jenolan Caves. A stop at the Featherdale Wildlife Park on the way to or on the way back would be a plus. I am thinking that with a 2-night stay, we could accomplish this and not give Sydney short shrift. I'd like to time it so that we depart from Sydney some time on Tuesday and return directly to the airport on Thursday (we would need to be there at about 3 PM for our international flight).

Can anyone recommend a logical itinerary for this? Note that rising at the crack of dawn to accomplish any of this is not an option (we are on vacation, after all...).

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