Australia: Coming Up from Down Under

It’s been dubbed the hamptons of Australia, drawing a stellar crowd of international celebrities and media types. And it’s fast emerging as the preferred location for recovery parties following Sydney’s exuberant Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Its name is Noosa Heads—or just plain Noosa—and it’s a boutique resort whose time is very much now.

Set on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and 160 kilometers north of Brisbane, Noosa is the antidote to the strip malls, theme parks and gaudy casino- hotels that sprawl, in depressing profusion, along Australia’s northeast coast—just ask...

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