It’s no secret that Liam Hemsworth is Australian (his brother, Chris, famously promoted tourism there in a Crocodile Dundee spoof that became the most-loved ad of this year’s Super Bowl). But though Liam is a Melbourne native, he’s passionate about, well, the entire country—and for good reason.
At a recent event for the newly opened W Brisbane, Hemsworth talked about why the city has become one of Oz’s hottest new destinations. (Notably, the W Brisbane, a 312-room hotel overlooking the river, marks the return of W Hotels Worldwide, to Australia on the whole.) We didn’t just talk Australia travel, either: Since Hemsworth’s career keeps him on the road plenty, he’s got suggestions on how to stay sane in-flight—and for staving off jet lag.
Read on for his travel tips, the most interesting seatmate he ever had, and why home is the destination at the top of his list.
You’re here to celebrate the opening of the W Brisbane. Brisbane is a city we keep hearing about for places to visit next. Why do you think that is, and why now?
I think like most places in Australia, cities in particular, they continue to grow and become more interesting and inviting to tourists. Brisbane has definitely grown a lot over the last few years, with more and more great hotels and restaurants popping up. There’s definitely some excitement for the new W hotel, too.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Brisbane for a low-key dinner with friends?
Too many to choose from!
You’re originally from Melbourne. Where do you recommend friends stay when they go there?
Melbourne has so many great hotels to stay at. My favorites are situated along the Yarra River in Southbank. It’s a perfect central place to base yourself, with so much to do in walking distance. I think location is always key to a great hotel.
What’s your favorite restaurant for a special occasion?
Nobu is always a good time.
Favorite attraction that no one knows about?
I was born in a place called Sassafras. I haven’t been back in a long time, but it was definitely a beautiful place to grow up.
Do you check bags or carry-on?
iPad, Kindle, or actual book?
iPad and book.
One surprising thing I bring onboard…
Best in-flight meal or airline snack?
Most interesting seat mate you’ve ever had?
Do you have a recipe to avoid jet lag?
Plan your sleep for the flight. Too little or too much will crush you. When you land, depending on what time of day or night it is, exercise definitely helps you acclimate.
Do you have a go-to airline?
Not really—whatever makes the most sense at the time, I guess.
What’s your go-to room service order?
Fries and pizza.
Do you have a favorite hotel bar?
Fill in the blank: “I would stalk the housekeeping cart for…”
And: “The hotel mini-bar of my dreams would be stocked with…”
Hot pizza 😉
“The stamp on my passport I’m proudest of is…”
“I would get on a plane for a meal at …”
My mum’s house.
For Chris Hemsworth’s tips on all things Australia, check out this article from Condé Nast Traveler UK.