Explore Killcare


​Situated on the southern end of the spectacular Central Coast, Killcare, Hardy’s Bay and Wagstaffe are neighbouring coastal suburbs, just a short 90 minute drive from Sydney.  Surrounded by Bouddi National Park with it’s many secluded beaches and stunning bush walks, this area is great for those looking to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature.



Killcare and the surrounds is all about the pristine beaches and beautiful bushwalks. You can explore the Bouddi National Park on foot or by car making it great for visitors of all ages, fitness and abilities. 

Many of the beaches, such as Killcare and Putty have direct car park access but if you’re looking for a little more seclusion then there are plenty of beaches such as Lobster Beach or Maitland Bay that can only be accessed by foot or boat. For those with young children, the southern end of Killcare beach has a wonderful natural rock pool that is great for swimming and foraging for sea creatures. The Killcare Surf Club & Kiosk is also a winner for a beach breakfast/lunch or cheeky ice cream. 

​If you’re looking for a local to show you around the stunning coastline, we recommend Girri Girri Tours. ​Walk in the footsteps of Australia’s first people and feel their living connection to the 21st century. Hear timeless stories, see original rock carvings and feel the power of connecting with this beautiful country.


Although you’re tucked away in the national park, don’t fear, you can still get your hands on a decent coffee, top shelf wine and food that’s worth writing home about.

For a casual breakfast our pick is to head to the Fat Goose Bakery in Hardy’s Bay where you’ll find artisan bread, fresh pastries and fantastic coffee. For a casual bite to eat check out the Hardy’s Bay Bistro, The View Pizza or Hardy’s Bay Club (dog friendly plus live music). If you’re in the market for something a little more fancy then you can’t go past The Wild Flower at Bells Killcare for fine dining and cocktails set in a stunning boutique hotel.

If you’re looking for a little more action then nip over the water to Ettalong (via the Wagstaffe Ferry or 15 min drive) for hatted restaurants, cocktail bars and classic beachside watering holes.


We all need a little retail therapy at times and being in the National Park does not mean you need to go cold turkey. Here are a few local suggestions that should dazzle and delight!

Make sure you pop into Moochinside at Hardys Bay for unique and interesting homewares with a story. For Aboriginal arts, crafts and homewares the Bouddi Gallery at Hardy’s Bay is a must. If you want something a little different head over to the Galleria at Ettalong for an ecclectic array for boutique shops and market style stores. For the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, visit Bells Day Spa – a luxurious spa sanctuary with treatments that have been thoughtfully designed to rebalance the synergy between mind, body and soul.

If you need to grab a bottle of wine or stock up on a few basic’s then Killcare Cellars and General Store have you covered. Otherwise, head over to Kincumber Shopping Village (15 minute drive) for larger shops such as Coles and Bakers Delight.


If you’re travelling with the kids then the Central Coast has much more than beaches and bushwalks to keep the littles ones entertained. Here are a few activities that will win you some brownie points! ​

  • Australian Reptile Park – If you’re not one for tramping the tracks then get your guaranteed wildlife fix at The Australian Reptile park where you can cuddle a Koala, pat a python or even book a private tour.
  • Glenworth Valley – If you’re little ones need a bit more adrenaline in their day then head out to Glenworth Valley for Quad Biking, Laser Skirmish, Horse Riding and Abseiling. 
  • Treetops Adventure Park – If you have a bunch of little monkeys in your tribe then you definitely need to head over to Tree Tops Adventure park where they can swing, leap and bounce the day away.
  • The Chocolate Factory – Explore an immersive world of chocolate, nougat and much, much more. Have a sneak peak of your beloved treats coming to life through the porthole windows, or take part in a guided tour of the factory floor, and learn how our products are made. You can even get hands on with a Junior Chocolatier Workshop!


If you’re travelling with your four-legged friend then the Central Coast will be as fun for your fur babies and it is for the family.

The Central Coast has to be one of the most dog friendly places in NSW with heaps of pet friendly accommodation. With an long list of dog friendly beaches where Rover can and run and rumble with his buddies your fury friends won’t want to go home! After a long run at the beach, both doggo and owner will be hungry/thirsty so here’s a great list of Dog friendly watering holes

For Killcare and the surrounds we recommend:


Beach Retreats Central Coast have carefully selected a portfolio of beach abode accommodation either on the beach or within a stones throw to the beach.

We have self contained holiday properties for singles, couples or extended families. On the beachfront or in the trees, with pools, hot tubs, fireplaces or pet friendly properties. We are always happy to curate the perfect holiday for you so please reach out to us to arrange your next Beach Retreat. Yes our properties are also listed on AIRBNB and STAYZ but we will be able to provide the best deal when booking direct.