Take refuge at Bells, Australia’s most distinctive boutique resort and just an hour north from Sydney. Designed in a style that brings Hampton’s elegance to an Australian setting beside the beach and bush, Bells at Killcare features luxury accommodation for adults, with private cottages, a world class multi award winning restaurant, day spa, manicured grounds and a refreshing lap pool, making it the perfect place for your next holiday, special event or wedding celebration.
Killcare is located on the scenic Central Coast of NSW, an hour and a half’s drive from the Sydney CBD. However, it is just across the water – and less than 20 minutes by ferry – away from Sydney’s Palm Beach. The local area is typical of coastal peninsulas. It has scenic character, is appreciated for its extensive waterways & natural vegetation and it remains well preserved by a caring community. In essence – a step back in time to how coastal communities used to be. Killcare is on the tip of the Bouddi Peninsula National Park with seven pristine beaches and many well-documented walking trails around Maitland Bay, Pretty Beach, Killcare Beach and the villages of Killcare, Hardys Bay, & Wagstaffe. Enjoy typical Australian surfing at the southern end of Killcare Beach. With its Surf Life Saving Club it is a patrolled beach with the iconic red and yellow flags. Further north is Putty Beach, and around various headlands are the secluded Tallow, Lobster and Maitland Bay beaches.
The coastal bush trails of the Bouddi National Park criss-cross the Park, and arrive at all of these beaches. Walkers can enjoy spectacular views of Broken Bay and the Pacific Ocean beaches. All guests are supplied a map of these walking trails on check-in. Our friendly & helpful Reservations and Reception team can assist with the arrangement of leisure activities, including boating and tours of the local area.
Order a signature Bells at Killcare gourmet picnic backpack and explore the Bouddi National Park. The territory around Bells at Killcare is surrounded with well-marked bushwalking trails, all offering many stunning coastal views. We can set you on your way with local maps, and a delightful Gourmet Backpack, filled with Chef’s culinary delights for lunch and also including organic juices, sparkling water and more! Walks range in difficulty from the very easy broad walk at Putty Beach, to the 7km steep decent walk of the Mount Bouddi, Bombi Moor and Little Beach Circuit.
2013 -Third place at the Mr and Mrs Smith annual awards for the category of BEST RESTAURANT IN A HOTEL. Voted by the public and then by a panel of global experts in Hospitality and Tourism. Winner was Bastide de Moustiers, Provence, France and runner up was Lake House in Daylesford Victoria.
2013 - Nominated at the Prestigious Star Awards, by Prestigious Venues, Celebrating quality, performance and reputation
2013 - RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR in the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence, for the region Central Coast to Byron Bay, NSW
2013 - 3 Wine Glasses at the GOURMET TRAVELER Wine List of the Year Awards
2013 - ONE CHEFS HAT Retained – SMH Good Food Guide
2013 - Finalist Luxury Travel Magazine GOLD LIST AWARDS - Best Australian Property within 3 hours of a city
2013 - Finalist at the Qantaslink Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards (Luxury Accommodation)
2012 – Winner of Silver Award in NSW Tourism Awards - Luxury Accommodation category
2012 – Winner of Luxury Category in Central Coast and Hunter Tourism Awards
2012 – SMH Good Food Guide – Best regional wine list
2012 – SMH Good Food Guide - Good Living Sustainability Award
2012 – Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
2012 - 3 Wine Glasses AGT Wine List Awards
2011 – Listed in AGT top 10 regional restaurants
2011 - 3 Wine Glasses AGT Wine List Awards
2011 - Named in the top 50 restaurants in Australian in The Australian
2010 – Listed in top 10 Gourmet Retreats The Luxury Travel Bible
2010 Best Restaurant in a hotel – NSW RCA AWARDS
2010 Rest of the year – NSW RCA AWARDS
2008-2010 Fine Wine Partners – Listed in Australian Wine list of the year
2008 until present – SMH Good Food Guide - ONE CHEFS HAT EVERY YEAR
2008 - Australia Traveler Mag – Listed 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences
2008 Best New Restaurant (Central Coast Region) NSW RCA