Killcare and Hardys Bay are relaxing neighbouring suburbs on the Central Coast NSW Australia.
The villages are surrounded by the Tasman Sea, Hardys Bay and Bouddi National Park.
It makes for great weekend getaway from Sydney as you can enjoy fine dining, five star accommodation, great bushwalking and water activities.
Find out more about Killcare and Hardys Bay below.
Killcare Beach is a picturesque 1.6 km beach bordered by the bushland of Bouddi National Park.
The Surf Life Saving Club is located on the western side of the beach.
The beach is patrolled from the start of the September school holidays until the end of the April school holidays.
It's popular with families, couples and surfers.
Children enjoy playing in the small rock pool...
You'll find great facilities at this beach: toilets, a water refill station, a food kiosk and a restaurant with great food and water views.
To get there follow Beach Drive to the end.
If you prefer swimming in calm water, head to the eastern side of the beach.
Putty Beach is part of Bouddi National Park. This beach is completely natural, it’s one of the locals’ favourite beaches.
Take your snorkels and inflatables!
If you'd like to walk your dog, the middle section of Putty Beach is dog-friendly. Park on Beach Drive in the first car park on the left and follow the sandy pathway to the beach with your furry friend.
To get there to Putty Beach, follow Putty Beach Road to the end. Parking costs $8. Or park for free on Beach Drive and walk along the beach to the end of the beach.
There's also a campground and a coastal walk that starts at this end of the beach (more later).
Bouddi National Park is the best place to go for bushwalks on the Central Coast. And it's right beside the beach!
The best and most popular walk is the 8-km Coastal Walk. If you can only do one walk do this one. The Coastal Walk begins at the eastern end of the beach.
If you don't want to walk 8 kilometres, walk only to Gerrin Point Lookout and back (2.4 km return). You'll get great ocean views from this lookout!
Or keep on walking past Gerrin Point Lookout to Maitland Bay (6 km return). Maitland Bay is a beautiful secluded beach.
There are plenty of other walks in Bouddi National Park that lead to stunning lookouts and secluded beaches. Find out about our 10 favourite bushwalks in Bouddi National Park here.
If you like mountain biking, try these trails in Bouddi National Park:
If you need to hire a bike, Boat Bike Paddle Hire hires out mountain bikes for $56 per day for adults and $24 for children. 39 Araluen Drive; 02 4360 2958.
While here, do not miss visiting Marie Byles Lookout.
You can drive directly to this lookout. It's on the Scenic Road between Maitland Bay Drive and Wards Hill Road.
The ocean and coastal views from Marie Byles Lookout are breathtaking . You can see Killcare Beach and Sydney at a distance.
Hardy’s Bistro is the locals’ favourite cafe. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and a view of the water from the verandah.
For dinner enjoy a nice ambience, delicious food and a great wine list at Bells at Killcare.
Or head to Yum Yum Eatery and have sashimi, tempura and pot stickers while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the bay!
You'll find a variety of accommodation options in this town ranging from luxury to holiday rentals to camping...
Car: 1 hr 35 min from Sydney via the M1 Pacific Motorway (F3).