We are planning a four-day trip from Sydney the first part of February: Two nights in Blue Mountains and two nights in Huskisson. We have already booked our reservations on Jervis Bay. Now, where to stay in the Blue Mountains?
My first question is -- It looks like the two towns with the most accommodations are Leura and Katoomba. I was wondering if anyone has any information on the two towns -- how are they different, is one less touristy than the other, what kinds of restaurants/shops can we find at both? We are looking for something as a base from which we can explore the sites, do some hiking and generally relax. We are a couple traveling without children. We would enjoy being able to walk to restaurants and town centers.
My other question is -- do you suggest we rent a car to explore the Blue Mountains, or do you feel that with our limited time, we could explore many of the beautiful areas (including hiking) without a car. I see that the train goes from Sydney to both of these towns and it looks like public transportation/buses are plenty.
Is traffic/parking an issue in these towns during the month of February?
Our original plan was to rent a car from Sydney for 5 days and drive around and tour the area. I'm just trying to make a good estimate whether or not we need to rent a car for the Blue Mountains.
Thanks in advance!!!