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THE BEST WAY From LAX to Sydney, United, Qantas and Air New Zealand offer direct service; US Airways and American offer connecting (change of planes) service. Round-trip restricted fares start at $1,278. Connecting service from Sydney to Maroochydore airport, about half an hour from Noosa Heads, is offered on Jetstar Airways ( and Virgin Blue ( Round-trip restricted fares from Sydney to Maroochydore begin at $94.

TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 61 (the country code for Australia), 7 (the regional code) and the local number.

WHERE TO STAY Netanya Noosa, 75 Hastings St., Noosa Heads; 5447-4722, One-bedroom beachfront suites (low season) start at $340.25 per night; one-bedroom garden suites start at $267.35 per night.

Sebel Resort Noosa, 32 Hastings St., Noosa Heads, 5474-6400, One-bedroom suites (low season) start at $235.

Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, 14-16 Hastings St., Noosa Heads; 5449-4888, Doubles start at $235.

WHERE TO EAT Bistro C, 49 Hastings St., Noosa Heads, 5447-2855; Good food; dinner entrees start at $19.45.

Aromas Cafe, 32 Hastings St., Noosa Heads, 5474-9788. Entrees start at $13.75.

ATTRACTIONS Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, 5436-2000; The late Steve Irwin's zoo is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; $40 for adults; $23, children.

Big Pineapple, Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, 5442-1333. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tour costs $9 for adults, $7.70 for children.

Eumundi Markets, 5442-7106; Open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina, 5446-7096. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; prices vary for rides.

TO LEARN MORE Noosa Visitor Information Centres, Noosa Heads, 5430-5000;

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