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Killcare bush and beach retreat
Entire guest suite · 4 guests · 4 beds · 1 bath
Killcare bush and beach retreatGreat location nestled between Bouddi National Park and Killcare Beach. One block from the beach, sit on the huge balcony and enjoy the view and the sound of breaking waves. If the weather is cooler explore the national park and come home to a roaring fire. A short stroll to the cafes at Hardy's Bay.
BIRDSONG Chic spacious private cottage Water views
Entire guesthouse · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
BIRDSONG Chic spacious private cottage Water viewsBathed in natural light seperate spacious private cottage with its own entrance offers a stylish tranquil vibe overlooking the treetops to the water. Wake up to the chorus of birdsong in the super comfortable king sized bed. Large balcony with modern gas BBQ and teak furniture. A perfect retreat to watch an amazing sunset and unwind. Take a hike through spectacular walking trails in the national park or visit pristine surf beaches which are all on our door step within walking distance. Bliss!
BayHouse@Hardys Bay
Dome house · 6 guests · 4 beds · 2 baths
BayHouse@Hardys BayAn easy commute from Sydney, Bay House is a great place to stay in summer and winter. You will find that life's questions settle into an easy rhythm: Beach or bay? Surfing or snorkelling? Boardwalk or bush walk? Netflix or novel? Coffee and cake or the catch of the day? Hardy's Bay has it all. Importantly, to protect guests and staff, our cleaning company Divine Domestics has introduced new procedures and safety measures to meet the Covid 19 demands. Jim and Wendy

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The Bearhouse at Pretty Beach
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Beautiful Booker Bay Retreat
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Charlottes Cottage Oasis. In the heart of Ettalong
$195 AUD per night
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Barefoot Retreat walk to water restaurants markets
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Your guide to Pretty Beach

Welcome to Pretty Beach

A small, relaxed waterside suburb on the New South Wales Central Coast, Pretty Beach doesn’t actually have much of a beach at all. Hugging the shores of the Brisbane Water barrier estuary, Pretty Beach’s attractive, protected bay makes it a more popular place to moor (and launch) boats. However, there is a tidal ocean bath at the eastern side of the bay, opposite the local public school, for swimming. And the calm and secluded Lobster Beach, part of Bouddi National Park, is just a short walk southwest of the bay via a walking track accessed via High View Road. This trail links up with the 2.9-kilometre-return Flannel Flower Walking Track, named for the beautiful white flowers that bloom alongside the trail in spring. While there are no dining options in Pretty Beach, there are several cafes and restaurants in the neighbouring suburbs of Hardy’s Bay and Killcare.

How do I get around Pretty Beach?

Pretty Beach lies 105 kilometres (or about 90 minutes’ drive) north of Sydney. The closest train station is Woy Woy, on the Central Coast and Newcastle Line. From here you can take the number 59 bus to Pretty Beach, which takes around an hour. You can also opt to take the 53 bus to Ocean View Road, near Ettalong Wharf, and catch the ferry to Wagstaffe, which neighbours Pretty Bay, but ferries run less frequently than buses. The same ferry also runs to Sydney’s Palm Beach. While it is possible to get around this corner of the Central Coast easily enough by bus, you’ll be able to cover more ground, and access more areas of Bouddi National Park, with a car.

When is the best time to stay in a holiday rental in Pretty Beach?

The Central Coast buzzes during the summer months, but if you don’t mind the chilly winter water, it’s possible to swim at its beaches year-round. The cooler months are ideal for exploring the walking trails of Bouddi National Park, particularly the 8.5-kilometre Bouddi Coastal Walk from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach, which has a beautiful wildflower display in spring. A 40-minute drive northwest of Pretty Beach, Kariong’s Mount Penang Parklands plays host to the South Coast Food & Wine Festival every August, showcasing more than 100 food and wine vendors. Another hit with foodies, Ettalong sets the stage for the Brisbane Water Oyster Festival in November. Also in November is The Lakes Festival, a celebration of the Central Coast’s waterways, hosted at several hubs around the region.

What are the top things to do in Pretty Beach?

Bouddi National Park

Home to one of Australia’s first marine protected areas, significant Aboriginal sites, wildlife and wildflowers, and even an old paddle steamer wreck, Bouddi National Park is one of the most superb national parks in New South Wales, and it’s right on the doorstep of Pretty Beach. Leave your car at the Wards Hill car park, less than 10 minutes’ drive from Pretty Beach, and follow the Daleys Point Walking Track along a ridgeline to admire the sandstone engravings at the Daleys Point Aboriginal Site.

Palm Beach

Get a taste of Sydney without hitting the road by taking a 30-minute ferry ride from Wagstaffe to Palm Beach, the city’s northernmost suburb. The ferry runs roughly every hour from early morning to early evening, with more services on weekdays. Palm Beach’s iconic surf beach lies within walking distance from the ferry wharf, with several lunch options close by.


Just five minutes’ drive from Pretty Beach, Killcare is one of the Central Coast’s favourite surf beaches. Popular with families, there’s a small rockpool at the southern end of the beach perfect for small children to splash around in. Lifeguards patrol the beach from September until April.