Elderly couple killed while trying to reach popular tourist spot

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The bodies of an elderly couple have been retrieved from the water, after being swept off the cliffs en route to a scenic tourist spot in NSW.

The couple were attempting to reach the Pink Caves by scaling the cliffs along Catherine Hill Bay on Monday afternoon.

The popular spot is often featured on social media, but police warned the trek to find them is "treacherous".

On Monday at around 2.30pm, the body of a woman believed to be in her 80s was found in Lake Macquarie in NSW's Hunter District.

Police were called to Moonee Beach and while the woman was treated at the scene, she could not be revived.

The Pink Caves, a popular tourist spot on the Central Coast.
The duo were reportedly headed to the Pink Caves along the coast. Source: Google/Dinesh Gamage

On Tuesday, following an extensive air and sea search, the body of a man aged in his 70s was found about 2.5km south of Birdie Beach.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Detective Chief Inspector Vromans said the woman "was washed into the ocean" before she drowned.

“This is the tragedy of it. The Pink Cave is actually quite popular and can be found on social media," he said.

"Obviously they get a lot of interest. However, that stretch of coastline from Catherine Hill Bay to the south to Wyong can be very treacherous.

“And from speaking to the surf lifesavers, they explained that the conditions can appear quite calm for a few minutes. But then a large swell can come through and take people unaware.”

Couple were 'fit' and had walked the cliffs before

The couple, reportedly from North Epping, were "reasonably fit" and "seasoned walkers", Chief Insp Vromans said.

"They’ve done this trip a number of times before so they know the location which really goes to illustrate the danger of it – that they’d been in numerous times, but were still taken off guard," he said.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, NSW Police said a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Footprints in the sand can be seen at Birdie Beach.
The man's body was found washed up on Birdie Beach on the northern Central Coast. Source: Google

Woman died visiting Pink Caves in April

Earlier this year, a woman died after being swept off the rocks by a wave while visiting the Pink Caves.

Two women were swept into the ocean in April, and one woman washed back onto the rocks and suffered minor injuries.

A 26-year-old man tried to rescue the other woman, however, he also came into trouble in the water, NSW Police said.

The man and woman were rescued by lifesavers and brought to Moonee Beach. The woman was treated by paramedics, however, she sadly died a short time later.

The man suffered minor cuts and abrasions.

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