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Renting (hiring) a car near Sydney - or not

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We're staying IN Sydney at a hotel in the CBD. The overnight parking rates nearby are . . . astronomical. This raises two questions: (1) where are overnight parking areas with reasonable (for Sydney) overnight parking rates (35AUD or less) that are on or near City Rail or a short ferry/bus ride from Hyde Park and Castlereagh street area; (2) are there good wildlife tours for Blue Mountains and for whale-watching that depart/launch from Sydney that would render hiring a car daft?

We have two miniatures with us so taking a 2-hour (each way) train ride to Katoomba to see the BMNP would be a bit much.

Thanks in advance.

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