With beautiful beaches and the magnificent Bouddi National Park, Killcare and surrounds on the charming Central Coast of NSW are perfect for a secluded escape. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see, including bushwalking, mountain biking, swimming, surfing, fishing and whale watching.
The Bouddi Peninsula encompasses Wagstaffe, Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay and Killcare, bordered by the national park’s natural beauty. Inside the park are significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, mountain biking and walking tracks, picnic areas, campgrounds and a protected marine habitat.
At low tide you can see the remains of PS Maitland, shipwrecked in 1898. The paddle-steamer is at the eastern end of pretty Maitland Bay. To get to the wreck, you can take either the Maitland Bay track or the Bouddi coastal walk, a spectacular 8km trail that can be broken into shorter sections.
Along the coastal walk are breathtaking views. A great vantage point to spot whales on their annual migration is Gerrin Point lookout, near the north-eastern end of Putty Beach. At the other end of the golden beach is Killcare Surf Life Saving Club, where the Horizon Cafe delights with a stunning vista.
For a sheltered sandy beach, Lobster Beach curves around tranquil Broken Bay and is a popular for swimming, snorkelling and fishing. You might even spot dolphins in the sparkling waters. Nearby is the Box Head track, which leads to a lookout with sweeping views of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Getting to peninsula is easy by car or ferry. The drive from Sydney is 90 minutes, and the ferry from Palm Beach to Wagstaffe about 30 minutes. Bring your mountain bike for the exhilarating trails in the national park, such as the Bouddi Ridge explorer, a 10km loop which combines several tracks.
In addition to camping, places to stay include a guest house, beach houses and Bells at Killcare, a boutique hotel with a day spa and restaurant. There are more delicious restaurants and cafes in the area, such as Bistro 14 at Hardys Bay Club and the Fat Goose, a scrumptious cafe, bakery and deli.