Killcare is a oasis surrounded by national parks, bays and ocean. Situated on the southern edge of the Central Coast, it is only 10 kms from Palm Beach and 90 kms from Sydney.
Its natural beauty, outdoor lifestyle and village-style social infrastructure make it a very attractive place to live.
There are many architect-designed, innovative and uniquely interesting houses in the area.
Killcare offers great value for your property dollar with abundant water views of ocean or bays for a fraction of Sydney prices.
Where is it
Stand on Palm Beach and look north across Pittwater and you will see the spectacular Killcare peninsula.
There you will find unspoilt beaches, pristine national parks, and the atmospheric villages of Killcare, Hardys Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe.
This peninsula is absolutely unique and unquestionably one the most interesting coastal areas just outside Sydney.
Who lives here and what do they do
The Killcare peninsula has an eclectic residential mix of commuting Sydney professionals and Sydney weekenders, as well as locals residents of retirees, yachties, surfers, and local professionals.
The natural beauty has always attracted artists, photographers, actors and writers, as well as dog owners who love the dog-friendly beach.
The area has a visible community spirit that produces a calendar of colourful local events for beach, music and art lovers. There is also an vibrant gay community.
The peninsula has great appeal to anyone who wants a coastal lifestyle without losing an immediate connection with the city.
By road it’s1.5 hrs from Sydney.
There are seaplane flights from to Rose Bay which take half an hour.
Woy Woy station is 20 minutes away and then it’s a 70 min train trip via to Central via Strathfield or North Shore lines.
The Palm Beach Ferry has many daily services. Wagstaffe to Palm Beach takes 20 mins.
State of the market
For the cost of an apartment or tiny house in Sydney, you get a big house in one of the most beautiful environments close to the city.
Land starts at about $400,000, houses start at about $600,000. At the top end (with commanding coastal views), land fetches $1million and houses up to $3 million.
Your renovation dollar also goes a lot further than it would in Sydney.
Unique residential architecture
There is an interesting mix of houses from original beach shacks, renovated cottages, architect designed homes and modern steel and timber pole houses, all often with commanding views.
Restaurants and Cafes
There is a swag of restaurants including:
The buzzing Fat Goose restaurant, deli and baker
The popular Hardys Bistro
Pachamama, an alternative eatery with great pizzas on Friday nights
The Yum Yum restaurant for fine nouvelle Australian cuisine
The Point Cafe at the Killcare Surf club for fine food with a great coastal view
Empire Bay Nursery Cafe for food amongst tropical gardens
The RSL Club for tasty food and local music
A regular weekly gourmet sausage sizzle at the village centre
Killcare Cellars is a mini supermarket a comprehensive range of fine wines and gourmet foods.
Moochinside is an unique gallery with an inspired mix of fashion clothing, gifts and objet d’arts for sale.
The Bouddi Gallery specializes in Aboriginal art, books and home wares.
There is a local hairdresser and beauty salon. There are 5 supermarkets within 15 minutes of the villages and two fish suppliers for local and Sydney Market fish.
The original and charming Wagstaffe Store doubles as a Post Office and fish and chipery.
Once a month at the Pretty Beach School there is a colourful local market of handicrafts.
Hardys Bay has a busy marina. It’s a safe haven for yachts with guest moorings. Both sailing and kayaking are popular in the bay. There is even an annual regatta for old timber sail boats.
Killcare and Putty beaches offer both body surfing and safe protected swimming.
Killcare Beach has an active Surf Club with Nippers.
Being close to a Marine Reserve, both the bay and beaches provide exceptional fishing.
Bouddi National Park provides excellent bush walking along its spectacular ridges. Its network of coastal trails leads to pristine beaches such as secluded Maitland Bay and dramatic Tallow Beach. There is an abundance of Australian native flora such as angophora trees, cycads and blackboys, native flowers and a wealth of bird life.
For the sports minded there is a local tennis court with a fine view of the bay and a gym 15 minutes away at Ettalong.
There are clubs and groups for retirees, gardeners, bird-watchers, book readers, yachties, kayakers and surfers.
The Wagstaffe Hall has yoga, pilates, tai-chi, jujitsu, bridge and mah-jong.
“The Wharf at Wagstaffe” is a popular music night for the local and weekend community. This great monthly event features local, Sydney and visiting international musicians and singers.
The peninsula has a beautiful, newly built pre-school and very popular and well respected primary school at Pretty Beach. Both are focal points of the community. There are two secondary schools within 10 mins of the peninsular.
Buses service a number of private schools including Central Coast Grammar School which is a 35 mins drive and near the huge Erina Shopping Centre.