Killcare

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Killcare is a coastal village on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia.

The town boasts the stunning Putty Beach and many great walking trails.

Only 90 minutes from Sydney, Killcare is a popular getaway destination for Sydney siders. You can also get there by ferry from Palm Beach.

The village is ideal for those who enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming and surfing.

Many visitors come to this town to enjoy a relaxing retreat at Bells at Killcare. And there are several excellent restaurants in town.

Find out below all our favourite things to do in and near Killcare.

Things to Do in Killcare

1. Swim and Surf at Killcare Beach

Killcare Beach is a picturesque 1.6-kilometre stretch of sand.

The beach is backed by the natural bushland of Bouddi National Park. 

There's a Surf Life Saving Club and lifeguards patrol the beach from the September school holidays through to April.

You can swim between the flags and there's good surfing.

There's also a rock pool for small children at the end of the beach.

You'll find great facilities here:

  • toilets
  • water refill station
  • food kiosk and restaurant

To get there, follow Beach Drive to the end.  

2. Relax and Snorkel at Putty Beach

 The eastern end of the long stretch of sand is Putty Beach.

Putty Beach is in Bouddi National Park, so the beach is completely natural and unspoiled.

The water is calm – perfect for snorkelling and playing on inflatables. We used to take our kids there when they were little.

Also, the scenic Bouddi Coastal Walk starts right here, and a campground sits in the bush behind the beach.

To get there, follow Putty Beach Drive to the end.

Parking is $8 (national park entry fees). It’s worth it!  

Read our full post about Putty Beach

3. Walk Your Dog on the Beach

Putty Beach is one of the best dog-friendly beaches on the Central Coast.

You’ll enjoy walking your dog on this beach because the views are magnificent.

Dogs can run off the leash in the middle section of the beach only.

To access the dog-friendly area, follow Beach Drive and park in the first car park on the left. Then follow the sandy pathway to the beach with your pet.

4. Pitch Your Tent at Putty Campground

A popular campsite in Bouddi National Park, Putty Beach Campground sits right behind Putty Beach.

There are 20 tent sites, toilets, barbecue facilities and running water.

Book as early as you can if you want to camp in summer because the site is popular.

Follow Putty Beach Road to get there.

You can book here

3. Hike the Bouddi Coastal Walk 

Bouddi Coastal Walk is the most popular and scenic bushwalk on the Central Coast and it starts right at Putty Beach!

It’s an 8-kilometre trail between Putty Beach and Macmasters Beach.

Don’t want to walk the whole 8 kilometres?

Then stroll to Gerrin Point Lookout and back along the boardwalk. It’s a bit over 2 kilometres return. The views from the lookout are fantastic.

You can also continue walking to Maitland Bay which is 6 kilometres return. Maitland Bay is a beautiful and secluded beach.

Read our full post on the Bouddi Coastal Walk here

4. Walk to Maitland Bay 

Maitland Bay is a gorgeous beach hidden in Bouddi National Park.

You can only access it via a bushwalk – there’s no road access.

A few trails lead to Maitland Bay. They’re all great!

The Maitland Bay track is short and quick but steep. The track is well-maintained and has plenty of stone steps.  

You can also get to Maitland Bay on the Coastal Walk (see above) or the Mount Bouddi walking track.

Read our full post on Maitland Bay here

5. Ride a Mountain Bike

There’s good mountain biking to be had in Bouddi.

Have fun riding these trails:

  • Ride Strom Loop
  • Rocky Point Trail
  • Bouddi Ridge Explorer 

Boat Bike Paddle Hire hires out mountain bikes for adults and children if you don’t have your own bike. Located at 39 Araluen Drive. 

Here's a mountain biking trail map

6. Admire the View at Marie Byles Lookout

Marie Byles Lookout offers fantastic coastal views. You can see Killcare Beach and even Sydney's skyline at a distance. 

The lookout is easily accessible. You can drive directly to it and there's plenty of parking.

Located along Scenic Road between Maitland Bay Drive and Wards Hill Road. 

You can stop to the lookout on the way to the Maitland Bay track from Killcare. 

Where to Eat in Killcare

Beautiful sunset at Hardys Bay

There are many great places to eat in Killcare. Here are some of our favourites. 

The View serves tasty woodfired pizza made with fresh ingredients. You can eat the pizza across the road if you like to admire the sunset – they’ll bring the pizza to you! 58 Araluen Drive. 

Hardy’s Bistro is the locals’ favourite cafe. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can enjoy views over Brisbane Water from the verandah. 54 Araluen Drive. 

The Lucky Bee serves tasty food inspired by the streets of Southeast Asia. The menu is seasonal, like steamed pork buns, duck spring rolls and papaya salad. 60 Araluen Drive. 

Where to Stay in Killcare

You'll find a variety of accommodation options in this town ranging from luxury to holiday rentals to camping.

Here are fabulous places to stay:

  • Bayscapes @ Killcare is located a short walk to cafes and shops and a quick drive to the beach. There's a massive deck and stunning views over the bay. 
  • Casa de Pueblo is close to the beach. A great house to share with family and friends. The large yard is perfect for kids and dogs.
  • Amazing View from the Deck is great for a relaxing stay with your loved one. You’ll enjoy the incredible views over the bay and the location close to restaurants and cafes. 

Getting There

Ferry: The Palm Beach Ferry travels from Palm Beach to Wagstaffe, which is 2.6 km from Killcare. Read our full post about the Palm Beach Ferry here

Car: 1 hr 35 min from Sydney via the M1 Pacific Motorway (F3). 

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