Insider's Guide to Killcare Beach 

Killcare looks and feels like some of Sydney’s beach suburbs... but smaller and much more peaceful. 

This Central Coast beach town is located on the northern side of Broken Bay and opposite Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Killcare Beach

The village is bordered on all sides by the Tasman Sea, Hardys Bay and Bouddi National Park.

It's a relaxing beach town for couples and a perfect starting point for both water and national park activities. 

Here you can:

  • Swim
  • Surf
  • Fish
  • Bush walk
  • Mountain bike

Welcome to one of my favourite places on the Central Coast NSW. Below you'll find out tips on things to do, where to eat, and where to stay in this beach town.  

The Beach

Killcare Beach is a picturesque 1.6 km beach bordered by the bushland of Bouddi National Park.

Killcare 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 surfers and there’s a small rock pool for children...


There are toilets, a water refill station, a food kiosk and a restaurant with great food and water views.

Dogs can walk freely on the beach in the middle section. This beach is very dog-friendly.

The eastern side of the beach is called Putty Beach. It’s part of Bouddi National Park.

This beach is completely natural. And the water is calm and sparkly blue – it’s one of the locals’ favourite beaches...

Putty Beach

Putty Beach campground and the start of the Coastal Walk are located at Putty Beach. Parking at Putty Beach costs $8 (because it’s part of the national park).

Bouddi National Park

Bouddi National Park offers plenty of walks and lookouts with amazing coastal views. You can even walk to five secluded beaches. My favourites are Maitland Bay and Little Beach

The best and most popular walk is the 8-km Coastal Walk. If you can only do one walk do this one. 

You don't have to do the whole walk. The first section from Putty Beach is the best. 

If you want to do a lot of bushwalking, check out this page. You'll find out about the top 10 walks in Bouddi National Park. They all start near here. 


There's a cluster of shops in the village with an art gallery, great cafes, a bottle-lo and Yum Yum eatery.

Yum Yum Eatery is a fine restaurant. Try sashimi, tempura and pot stickers while enjoying the sunset over Brisbane Water.

Brisbane Water seen from Hardys Bay

Hardy’s Bistro is one of the locals’ favourite cafes. Enjoy the view of the water from the verandah.

The Fat Goose is another cafe in town. They sell deli, fresh bread and pastries.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly place to eat, try Hardys Bay Pub. They make great fish and chips.

Early morning walk at the beach.

Accommodation in Killcare

Bells at Killcare

If you'd like to stay in a relaxing retreat, check out Bells at Killcare. This accommodation is great for couples who want to unwind.

The luxury cottages are located near the beach, the bushwalks and it's in the tranquil bushland beside Bouddi National Park. 

Check photos and reviews on TripAdvisor OR check prices.


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, you will get a $55 discount if you sign up through here.

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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