I'll be in Sydney for 6 days in November. I'm planning a day trip to the Blue Mountain area and I'm trying to figure out if doing an overnight trip, instead of a day trip, and going to the Jenolan Caves is worth it. Right now I'm not planning on hiring a tour. I was planning on taking the train to Katoomba and wander around the area on my own, utilizing the hop on hop off bus. If I work in going to the Jenolan Caves, I would likely book accommodation in Katoomba, spend day 1 in and around the area, then day two spend on a few tours at the caves, then hop the train back to Sydney.
At this point, I'm just not sure if I want to lose a day in Sydney (and possibly forfeit a day trip to Hunter Valley) to work in a trip to the caves. Is it worth it to see them? Or is it overhyped? There seems to be mixed reviews on this forum, so I'm trying to gauge whether it's a "must see" or more of a "it was kind of cool". Since I'm in the Sydney area for just a short period of time, I want to make sure I maximize my time and see as much as I can. Any advice or thoughts would be so nicely appreciated!
Thank you in advance!