KILLCARE / HARDYS BAY At A Glance
A peaceful pocket of the Central Coast, Killcare/Hardys Bay is all about slow and steady living. Locals have beautiful beaches and the Bouddi National Park on their doorstep, as well as a sprinkling of shops and restaurants. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, the area is popular with weekenders looking to escape the city grind in seaside style.
The expansive Bouddi National Park, with its many bushwalking, mountain biking, swimming and fishing spots.
The coastal walk in Bouddi National Park is amazing, be sure to cool off at Maitland Bay Beach along the way.
As the story goes, the suburb's name was meant as a pun – "kill all cares." Given it’s a beachside paradise, we'd say that's appropriate!
Picturesque and peaceful, Killcare and Hardys Bay offer an idyllic coastal lifestyle. Residents have beaches and bushland at their disposal and they take maximum advantage of both. Putty Beach is a firm favourite, and the Bouddi Coastal Walk, which stretches all the way to Macmasters Beach, is a local go-to. Bouddi National Park is a natural delight, with walking trails, mountain biking tracks, fishing spots and beautiful beaches that are a world away from the daily grind.
Killcare Village caters to basic shopping and service needs and features an art gallery, general store, hair salon, and boutique shops. It is a factor in the low-key, community feel the suburb is known for, and bigger shopping malls are just a short drive away. When it comes to dining, Killcare and Hardys Bay is a hidden hotspot. There are fine dining restaurants like Manfredi (located inside Bells at Killcare), as well as relaxed beachside eateries such as The Fat Goose and Hardys Bay Bistro.
Most travel to nearby suburbs or further for work. There are daily bus services, but many choose to take the scenic route – the ferry from Wagstaffe Wharf.
Thanks to its laid-back lifestyle, this Central Coast area attracts established families, as well as empty nesters and retirees. There are good schools in the area for parents to choose from, and many adults commute to nearby hubs or Sydney. On the weekends, city folk escape to their second homes by the sea, bringing a buzz and a sense of diversity with them.
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BELLS AT KILLCARE
A boutique hotel, restaurant and spa, Bells at Killcare is the area’s pride and joy – an oasis for residents and visitors alike. It boasts lush, Hamptons-style accommodations, as well as a luxury day spa and Manfredi, an authentic Italian restaurant that highlights the produce of the region.
BOUDDI NATIONAL PARK
The sprawling and serene Bouddi National Park gives locals the chance to choose their own adventure, or simply admire the view. It has a few great bushwalking and mountain biking tracks, as well as secluded beaches (such as Lobster Beach), fishing and camping areas.
Locals are spoiled when it comes to gorgeous stretches of sand, and Putty Beach is a favourite. Perched on the foreshore of the national park, the beach is famous for its rockpools and sandstone cliffs. It’s ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing, and it has an off-leash dog area.
Like neighbouring suburbs on the Central Coast, the Killcare and Hardys Bay’s property market is diverse, but it’s the homes that capitalise on the panoramic views that attract the most attention. The area offers a mix of freestanding houses, workers’ cottages, terraces and apartments, though they’re the minority. More stunning, modern homes have popped up over the years. Many homes sit on large blocks, some featuring pools, and there’s a noticeable trend in weekenders - Sydneysiders investing in properties for leisurely use on the weekends.