THE BEST WAYFrom 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 (www.jetstar.com) and Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au). Round-trip restricted fares from Sydney to Maroochydore begin at $94.
TELEPHONESTo 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 STAYNetanya Noosa, 75 Hastings St., Noosa Heads; 5447-4722, www.netanyanoosa.com. 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, www.sebelnoosa.com. One-bedroom suites (low season) start at $235.
Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, 14-16 Hastings St., Noosa Heads; 5449-4888, www.sheraton.com/noosa. Doubles start at $235.
WHERE TO EATBistro C, 49 Hastings St., Noosa Heads, 5447-2855; www.bistroc.com.au. Good food; dinner entrees start at $19.45.
Aromas Cafe, 32 Hastings St., Noosa Heads, 5474-9788. Entrees start at $13.75.
ATTRACTIONSAustralia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, 5436-2000; www.crocodilehunter.com. 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; www.eumundimarkets.com.au. 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 MORENoosa Visitor Information Centres, Noosa Heads, 5430-5000; www.tourismnoosa.com.au.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times