Noosa Heads was a surf haven in the 1960s, and now vies with tropical Port Douglas as Queensland’s most sophisticated holiday town. One of its endearing features is that developments fit in with, rather than overwhelm, the natural landscape – unlike the Gold Coast, there are no towering highrises overshadowing the fantastic beaches. The calm blue–green waters of Main Beach, parallel to the cafe-latte strip of Hastings Street, attract crowds of swimmers in summer. For less crowds, you can head south to Sunshine, Castaways, Marcus or Peregian beaches. Sunshine Beach is said to have one of the best pipeline waves on the coast. The north frontage of Noosa headland, protected by Noosa National Park, has classic point breaks for surfers. For swimming, the park has sheltered Tea Tree Bay and the nudist beach of Alexandria Bay.