By Stacey Leasca
February 04, 2018

When a trailer hit the internet last month for a new installment of the “Crocodile Dundee” films, this time starring Danny McBride, fans went absolutely crazy. The second trailer, now featuring Chris Hemsworth, came out just a day later and doubled the excitement. It seemed too good to be true.

And of course it was.

Rumors in the days after the trailer’s initial launch that the film was just too good to have gone unnoticed until now — no one had heard of it filming, or even being greenlit. And those rumors were confirmed on Sunday during the Super Bowl when it was revealed that the video featuring the likes of Hemsworth, McBride, Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman and more, was actually just one big ad for tourism to Australia.

“It was so much fun,” Hemsworth told Travel+Leisure about making the now infamous commercial.

“I think there’s a possibility that this could be a movie, but I think people are going to be quite disappointed to learn it’s not,” he said (with a laugh).

While the ad may have broken some Dundee fans' hearts, it showed off Australia in all its glory, which is something Hemsworth has plenty of experience with as the official Ambassador to Australia’s tourism board.

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“I’m incredibly proud. It was such an honor to be a part of it,” Hemsworth said of representing his home nation. “To be a part of something dramatically different like this and to take a completely different angle is wonderful.”

As part of his duties as a tourism ambassador Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky embarked on a cross-country adventure, staying in a few of Australia’s most recognizable locations, and a few hidden gems like the Orpheus Island Lodge. And it wasn’t the only place on the trip that made Hemsworth fall in love with Australia all over again.

“Hamilton Island was pretty incredible, the Kimberleys was fantastic. We went to Central Australia which was, again, amazing,” he said, as he rattled off even more stunning destinations. “We did a lot up and down the East Coast of Australia and got to see how diverse that coastline is.”

Of course, Hemsworth, as a lifelong surfer, caught his fair share of waves along the way.

“The best surfing is probably around February, when the holiday rush is over and the water is beautiful and it’s at its warmest,” he said.

Though he couldn’t pick a favorite spot, he didn’t have a hard time describing quite possibly the most idyllic family vacation of all time, one that Hemsworth says they take as often as possible.

“We live sort of Northern. The water up here is just incredibly clear. What we’ve done a lot of the time is take a camper van, and just drive up or down the coast. There’s some sections on the coast you can drive along the beach. And just make a campsite in the sand. Swim all day, cook your dinner at a campfire and sleep under the stars. And do it all over again the next day.”

As for his tips to getting comfortable on a longhaul flight to and from Australia, Hemsworth explained that he keeps it simple by always trying to book an overnight flight.

“Have a glass of wine, fall asleep and wake up at 6 a.m. here in Australia and you’ve got the whole day.” He added, “I promise you, this is a much easier flight than people think. Especially when you wake up with the sun shining in your hair and you’re in Australia.”

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