Earlier this week The New York Times sat down with Chris Hemsworth, the 33-year-old star of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok.” at a Tourism Australia event. The actor was very forth-coming regarding his love for his native Australia especially Melbourne and Byron Bay. The latter became Hemsworth’s home 3 years ago after he moved with his family from buzzing Los Angeles. At a recent Tourism Australia Event in New York, Hemsworth stated that the main reason for the move was his children and the constant attention from paparazzi was intrusive. He and he his wife fell in love with Byron Bay after visiting the area on vacation and felt that is was important for them to be somewhere more quiet and laid-back saying “The beach is beautiful, and we wake up every day to views of the ocean in front of us, but there’s also a big farming community with lots of farmland and tropical rain forest.”
Last year Tourism Australia announced him as a global ambassador for a tourism campaign. Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, had said that whilst Australia would still be the star of its latest campaign, Chris Hemsworth would provide an authentic Australian voice to help tell the country’s story globally. “Chris truly embodies the Australian way of life and his love of his home country, with all its natural beauty, makes him an ideal ambassador,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
Hemsworth’s hometown of Melbourne is hot on his recommendation for tourists visiting Australia. He advocates Flinders Lane for bar hopping and insists on a meal at Matcha Myklbar which prides itself on serving only plant-based food across a creative menu. However he recommends taking at least a few weeks to be able to tour around the country properly; “Start in Melbourne, go to Sydney and then drive to Byron Bay and other coastal towns. You’ll see a thick, rugged coastline and a tropical atmosphere. Then, go up to the Northern Territory…there are Aboriginal communities there and you can see traditional dance and ceremonies as well as wildlife.” Hemsworth suggests ending his ideal Australian itinerary by heading west for some surfing and winery tours.