7 Top Things to Do in Killcare

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Killcare is a relaxing beachside village on the Central Coast of NSW. 

It makes for a fantastic weekend getaway from Sydney. 

The village is near beautiful beaches and Bouddi National Park. Enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming and surfing. 

Best Things to Do in Killcare

1. Swim and Surf at 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. 

Lifeguards patrol the beach 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 good facilities at this beach. There are 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. 

2. Relax and Snorkel at Putty Beach

If you prefer swimming in calm water, head to the eastern side of the beach. 

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

Take your snorkels and inflatables!

The popular Coastal Walk starts right next to this beach. 

To get there, follow Putty Beach Drive to the end. There's plenty of parking, but parking costs a small fee because it's in a national park. 

3. Walk Your Dog on the Beach

This beach is fabulous for dogs! Walking along the coast is enjoyable for owners too because the views of the coastline are magnificent.

Dogs can run free in the middle section of the beach.

To get there, follow Beach Drive. Park in the first car park on the left and walk along the sandy pathway to the beach with your furry friend.

4. Pitch Your Tent at Putty Campground

Putty Beach Campground is a popular campsite in Bouddi National Park. It's located metres from Putty Beach. 

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

It's a popular campground in summer, so book as early as you can. 

To get there, follow Putty Beach Road to the campground. 

3. Hike the Bouddi Coastal Walk 

Bouddi Coastal Walk is the most popular bushwalk on the Central Coast. And it starts right beside Putty Beach! 

If you can only do one walk, do this one. 

If you don't want to walk the whole 8 kilometres, head to Gerrin Point Lookout and back (2.4 kilometres return). Gerrin Point Lookout offers fantastic ocean views.

If you can walk a bit further, continue walking all the way to Maitland Bay (6 kilometres return). Maitland Bay is a beautiful secluded beach. 

The Coastal Walk ends at another gorgeous beach, Macmasters Beach. 

4. Walk the Maitland Bay Track

Maitland Bay is a well-loved hidden beach in Bouddi National Park. You can only get there by walking through the bush. 

A few tracks lead to Maitland Bay. The shortest and quickest is the Maitland Bay Track

It's a short but steep 900-metre track which is well-maintained and has plenty of stone steps.   

You can also get to Maitland Bay on the Coastal Walk or Mount Bouddi Walking Track. 

5. Bushwalk in Bouddi National Park

View of Bullimah Spur Track

There are plenty of other beautiful walks in Bouddi National Park, all starting near Killcare. 

Many walking tracks pass secluded beaches or lookouts with stunning views. Check out Box Head Walking Track, Bullimah Spur Track and Little Beach Trail. 

6. Mountain Biking

If you like mountain biking, have fun riding the trails in Bouddi National Park. Ride Strom Loop, Rocky Point Trail and Bouddi Ridge Explorer. 

Here's a mountain biking trail map

If you don't have a mountain bike, Boat Bike Paddle Hire hires out mountain bikes for adults and children. It's located at 39 Araluen Drive.

7. 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 very accessible. You can drive directly to it and there's plenty of parking. It's located along Scenic Road between Maitland Bay Drive and Wards Hill Road. 

It's a worthwhile stop on the way to Maitland Bay Track or the Bouddi Information Centre. 

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. 

  • Enjoy tasty woodfired pizza made with fresh ingredients at The View. Eat your pizza in the restaurant, in your home, or sit across the road and admire the sunset—they’ll bring the pizza to you!
  • Hardy’s Bistro is the locals’ favourite cafe. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner while admiring the view of the water from the verandah.
  • Enjoy a fabulous cuisine and a stunning sunset at The Lucky Bee. The food is to die for. The menu is seasonal like steamed pork buns, duck spring rolls and papaya salad. The food is inspired by the streets of Southeast Asia but has no regional boundaries.

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:

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  • Sit on the massive deck and enjoy stunning views over the bay. Bayscapes @ Killcare is located a short walk to cafes and shops and a quick drive to the beach. It’s a perfect house to share with friends and family. 
  • If you’d like to stay close to the beach and share a cosy and airy house with family and friends, check out Casa de Pueblo. The large, secured yard is perfect for kids and dogs.
  • Looking for a relaxing stay with your loved one? Check out Amazing View from the Deck. You’ll enjoy the incredible views over the bay and the location close to restaurants and cafes. And it’s a 15-minute walk to the beach.

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). 

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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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