Around the world with Hugh Jackman

Around the world with Hugh Jackman

The superhero star of X-Men has morphed just as easily into the all-singing, fearless frontman in Les Miserables. But when the cameras aren’t rolling he is a true-blue Aussie…

Where have you just come back from?
Montreal, filming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Where in the world have you felt happiest?
Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia.

Name a place that most lived up to the hype?
Paris, every time.

And the least?
I can’t think of one, I’m a glass-half-full guy!

Which is your favourite city, and why?
Sydney. Where else can you swim on the best beach in the world before work, and then have the best restaurants and food all on your doorstep? Oh, and I grew up there. (A disclaimer: I may be biased, and hope my wife’s family who are from Melbourne don’t read this.)

Which is your road most travelled?
Europe and North Africa. My family are from the UK, so since I was a teenager my stopover was always England. For adventure and food and panache, we headed south, finishing in Morocco.

Describe your favourite view
The one from the famous lighthouse in Byron Bay – the most eastern point of Australia – whale watching, and dreaming of all the places I wanted to go to all over the world.

Where did you go on your first holiday without your parents?
On a camping trip through the Blue Mountains near Sydney for three nights. No way would I let my kids do it, knowing what we got up to.

What do you pack first?
Swimming trunks. I’m a typical Aussie – you can’t get me out of the water.

Describe a memory from a childhood holiday
Dad always took us camping along the great coastline of Australia. We would be in a five-person tent, and there were five of us kids, plus dad. I discovered the real identity of Santa when I was eight, with my dad trying to navigate stockings in the tent and treading on my hair. Boy, did I get a shock.

Which is the smartest hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Describe a holiday disaster
That same camping trip wtih Dad when I discovered Santa wasn’t real – it also rained for six days straight. That’s when cooking, eating and sleeping in a tent gets old fast.

Tell us about a great little place you know
It’s not little, but it’s not well known internationally. Margaret River, south of Perth in Western Australia.

Sightseeing or sun-lounger, barefoot or bling?
All of the above… well, not really bling, particularly on vacation.

Hugh Jackman was speaking to Francesca Babb. He is the founder of Laughing Man Coffee & Tea ( whose profits go to charity

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