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.
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.
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.
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