About noon the clouds started to break and we decided we would try to stick around Katoomba and see the sites, Three Sister's, Giant Stairway, Wentworth Falls, Leura, Echo Point Lookout and a few more tourist traps. Just when we were giving up hope in finding decent lodging in the smaller centres, we stumbled upon the 3 Explorers Motel. Sounds suspect but we were very pleasantly surprised. The rooms were updated, spotless, free wireless, and hot breakfast and they actually appreciated your business. Our previous attempt after leaving the Guest House was the Katoomba Town Centre Motel, where owner/operator basically told us to "take off", she was too busy to deal with us and has bus loads of tourists coming today so she really didn't care about our business.
The decision to stick around was well worth it as the sites were spectacular. We met an English couple next door and shared a few coctails on the patio. Their feelings about Australia were pretty much on par with ours and Hugh complained that the prices on everything were outrageous. Can you imagine a "Brit" saying that, considering the costs in England, which we know only too well.
Looking forward to another day in Katoomba before heading to Sydney tomorrow morning.