A Local's Guide to Killcare & Hardys Bay

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Killcare and Hardys Bay are relaxing neighbouring suburbs on the Central Coast NSW Australia. 

Killcare Beach

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. 

Attractions

Killcare Beach

Killcare Beach

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...

The Rock pool at Killcare Beach is great for kids.

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. 

Putty Beach

Putty Beach has calm water.

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.

Killcare Beach is dog-friendly. You can go for walks with your dog in the middle section of the beach.

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).

Find out more about Putty Beach here.

Bouddi National Park

The Coastal Walk is the best bush walk near Killcare.

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

Amazing view of Killcare Beach from Bullimah Spur Track in Bouddi National ParkAmazing view from Bullimah Spur Track in Bouddi National Park

If you like mountain biking, try these trails in Bouddi National Park:

  • Rocky Point Trail – 1 km; 30 min; easy
  • The Bouddi Ridge Explorer – 10 km; 4 hrs; medium, or a smaller section...
  • Daleys Point Trail – 1.7 km
  • Strom Loop – 5 km
  • Macmasters Ridge Trail – 1.6 km

Here's an official mountain biking trail guide

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.

Marie Byles Lookout

Marie Byles Lookout

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. 

Restaurants

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!

Beautiful sunset at Hardys Bay

Accommodation in Killcare

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

  • As one of the most luxurious hotels in Australia, Pretty Beach House offers an unforgettable experience. This relaxing guesthouse is situated in a secluded setting beside Bouddi National Park. It even made Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Gold List. Check guest reviews and pricing
  • If you'd like to stay in a relaxing retreat and unwind, check out Bells at Killcare. It's located in a relaxing setting near the beach and bushwalks. Check guest reviews and pricing
  • Granny's Cottage is a lovely cottage located at walking distance to Putty Beach and Coastal Walk. Enjoy the bird life and the seclusion. Check guest reviews and pricing.  
  • There are also holiday homes in this town which you can find through a website like Airbnb. If it's your first time using Airbnb, here's $55 off on your first stay.
  • If you like camping, check out Putty Beach Campground in Bouddi National Park. There are 20 sites in a natural setting near Putty Beach. Find out more

Getting There

Ferry: The Palm Beach Ferry departs from Palm Beach and stops at Wagstaffe, which is 2.6 km from here. 

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

Killcare Photos

View of the beach
Nice touch for kids
Bouddi National Park sign
View of the beach
Hardys Bay
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Rock pool
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View of the beach
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Hi! I'm Christine.

When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bushwalks and hidden gems, so we set out to explore as best as we could. Now that we have visited every town, beach and secret spot, I'll help you discover this stunning region! 

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