The Central Coast is located one hour north of Sydney and covers 86 kilometres of beautiful coastline. The region is a mix of bays, inlets, pristine beaches, lakes and lush hinterland. It is well known for its coastal lifestyle and culture including surfing, swimming and fishing. There are large areas of protected bushland to explore, kayaking on its waterways or houseboats for hire on the Hawkesbury River. Gosford and Wyong are the gateway cities, and picturesque coastal towns include Pearl Beach, Ettalong, Hardy's Bay, Killcare, Avoca Beach, Terrigal, Forresters Beach, Toowoon Bay, The Entrance, Norah Head, and Toukley. The surrounding hinterland offers horse riding, quad biking and abseiling. Accommodation ranges from camping to backpackers to luxury resorts to suit every budget and travel style.