Three to See: Central Coast Beaches

Soldiers Beach

Soldiers Point Drive, Norah Head.
Unspoilt by urban development, Soldiers Beach is a stunning patrolled beach (not through winter) ideal for swimmers and surfers. Known to locals as a surfer’s paradise, Soldiers Beach is home to the Norah Head Lighthouse which is a popular location for weddings and romantic picnics. Historic guides are available on weekends from 10am-2pm. Soldiers Beach is located nearby a café, general store and takeaway shop.

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Putty Beach

Putty Beach Drive, Bouddi (accessible via Bouddi National Park).
With Killcare Beach regarded as one of the top ten Australian beaches, it is no wonder that Putty Beach in Killcare is one of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets. Tucked away past the camping grounds in the Bouddi National Park, this calm family-friendly beach is pristine and peaceful. For the avid surfer, wander down the sand to Killcare beach where the barrels are perfect. As it is located in the national park, pets are not allowed at Pretty Beach, however they are permitted at Killcare Beach.

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Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Esplanade, Terrigal.
Terrigal Beach is home to one of the Central Coast popular towns, surrounded by fantastic restaurants, cafes and shopping. Patrolled all year around, Terrigal Beach is ideals for surfing, swimming, fishing and contains rock pools for the kids to explore. The Haven is a mini harbour area that is popular for boating and is increasingly becoming popular for diving since the scuttling of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide in 2011. Terrigal Beach is one of the most visited beaches on the Central Coast.


December ’13 Hot Offers



We have limited last-minute availability for the month of December and January. Call our offices to find out more – our friendly staff will be happy to help you: ​Terrigal: 4385 9564   ~   Ettalong Beach: 4344 6152

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We have two fantastic Central Coast accommodation deals for the month of December.
Just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney CBD, there are plenty of excuses to get away!


HOT OFFER: Blue Mist (ID #172)

Stay for one week at Blue Mist and pay the weekend rate of just $2,950! That’s a saving of over 30%.

*Conditions: Valued at $4,500 based on the property’s rack rate. Offer is available to the first 5 bookings only. Date of stay at this property must fall between the following dates: 1st December 2013 to 19th December 2013. Excludes December School Holidays. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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HOT OFFER: Araluen (ID #175)

Stay for four nights mid-week at Araluen for just $660 – that’s a saving of 50%!

*Conditions: Valued at $1,320 based on the property’s shoulder rate. Offer is available to the first 5 bookings only. Date of stay at this property must fall between the following dates: 3rd December 2013 to 19th December 2013. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Hardys Bay / Killcare

Welcome to Hardys Bay & Killcare.

Down in the Bouddi Peninsula lies two of the Central Coast’s most exclusive towns, Killcare and Hardys Bay. Loved for their private, secluded location, these picturesque towns are a cosmopolitan retreat for celebrities and the affluential. Named after Harry Hardy, a local vineyard owner who sold wine to local residents, Hardys Bay is home to a small array of cafes, restaurants, boutique stores, RSL club and marina. After British settlement the area was established as a fishing and farming community. The name Killcare seems to hail from early last century as “killing one’s cares”. These quiet residential seaside village is a short drive to neighbouring towns such as Wagstaff and Pretty Beach, and just ten minutes drive to Booker Bay, Ettalong Beach and Umina Beach.

Protected from high winds, Hardys Bay has long been regarded as a fishing resort for the serious and recreational fisherman and boating in the postcard perfect bay is a must. Surrounded by natural beauty, Hardys Bay and Killcare are within close proximity to Putty Beach, Tallow Beach and Bouddi National Park where visitors can take the walking track to Box Head. The Cockatoo Ferry runs to Hardys Bay Wharf seven days a week. Avid surfers and beach-goers will love Killcare Beach as well as Putty Beach which is tucked away in the Bouddi National Park.

Killcare and Hardys Bay look over the Brisbane Waters across to Booker Bay. Prior to European settlement, Aboriginals from the coastal Guringai (Ku-ring-gai) tribe occupied Hardys Bay and its surrounds. Evidence of their existence in the area can be seen via rock carvings scattered through the town.

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Directory: Things to do in Hardys Bay / Killcare

Hardys Bay Wharf 

Killcare Beach (Beach Rd, Killcare 2257)

Bay Beauty Escape (3/1 Killcare Rd, Hardys Bay 2257) 4360 2722

Bouddi Gallery (5/1 Killcare Rd, Killcare 2257) 0419 287 994

Garden 2 Plate (58 Araluen Dr, Hardys Bay) 4360 2364

Hardys Bay Club (14 Heath Road, Hardys Bay 2257) 4360 1072‎

Hardys Bay Yacht Charters (Cnr Killcare Rd and Araluen Drive, Hardys Bay 2257) 4360 1442

Hardy’s Bistro & Cafe (54 Araluen Dr, Hardys Bay 2257) 4360 1667

Manfredi at Bells Restaurant (107 The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights 2257) 4349 7000

Moochinside Homewares & Lifestyle (1/1 Killcare Rd, Killcare 2257) 4360 2257

The Fat Goose Café (Shop 3 Killcare Rd, Hardys Bay 2257) 4360 1888

The View Hardys Bay Woodfired Pizza (58 Araluen Dr, Hardys Bay) 0421 682 039

Yum Yum Dining (60 Araluen Dr, Hardys Bay 2257) 4360 2999


Featured Hardys Bay / Killcare Accommodation

Summer View

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Summer View is an idyllic holiday sanctuary with old fashioned touches throughout. Beautifully presented, stunning older style house gazes out to panoramic views of Hardy’s Bay.

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Ken Duncan

Three to See: Central Coast Art Galleries

Ken Duncan Gallery
414 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights, (02) 4367 6701.

The Ken Duncan Gallery is without a doubt the Central Coast’s most popular photographic gallery. Set in a stunning location with landscaped gardens and natural bushland surrounds, Ken Duncan Gallery is home to spacious viewing rooms, alfresco dining at the Sanctuary Cafe, an intimate 45-seat theatre which is ideal for conferences and plenty of on-site parking. The gallery foyer and showroom can be hired for weddings, birthday parties and other functions.

Ken Duncan Gallery is open: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily (closed Good Friday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day).

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The Bouddi Gallery
5/1 Killcare Road, Killcare, 0419 287 994

Bouddi Gallery was originally established in 2007 by Jody Deamer to help raise awareness of Indigenous culture and the contemporary issues facing Indigenous people today. Tucked away in beautiful Killcare, the gallery presents a brilliant, unique and affordable array of gift wares, home wares, books, music and handcrafts. Materials used include canvas, wood, paper, glass, ceramic and natural fibres. Bouddi Gallery showcases affordable work by new and emerging artists from the Central and Western Deserts, Arnhem Land, the Tiwi Islands and the Kimberley. Jody continues to bring awareness to Indigenous culture and issues by visiting artist’s workshops, storytelling and gallery film screenings.

The Bouddi Gallery is open:
Summer: 7 days a week from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Winter: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.

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Sanaa Afrika
2A/490 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights, (02) 4367 4421

Dedicated to promoting fairtrade African Art in Australia, Carina Bekkers and Samuel Mwakasendo started Sanaa Afrika online in 2005. The online store became so popular that its owners opened a gallery to showcase the wide array of African art which includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and African art forms such as pottery, masks and basket weaving. Both reputable and emerging artists are showcased at Sanaa Afrika and the business regularly participates in fundraising events as well as involving the African community to opening events.

Sanaa Afrika is open: weekdays 9.00 am – 4.30 pm and Saturday 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.