I'm seeking suggestions for my wife and myself. We are making our first trip to Australia and will fly into Sydney on a Friday am in December. After spending the day exploring Sydney & spending Friday night there, I was thinking of driving to Blue mtns for the weekend and ending up in Newcastle late Sunday evening. We love the outdoors, beautiful vistas, swimming, and animals.
1. What route would you suggest for Saturday and Sunday? How many hours of driving might this take?
2. With only 2 days, What are the best moderate hikes, attractions along the way?
3. What town(s) would be a good mid-point for lodging?