By Sara Bliss
March 21, 2014

Peripatetic actress Toni Collette—doing her second turn on Broadway this month—tells T+L about some of her favorite places.

“The writing is so smart and beautiful,” says Toni Collette about Will Eno’s dark comedy The Realistic Joneses, in which she shares the stage with Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei, and Michael C. Hall. “He captures life, warts and all.” Smart, beautiful, and at times unflinching are also ways to describe the actress—and her travel m.o. Here, Collette’s secret address book:

Off-the-Radar Trek: “I once fled the Toronto Film Festival to meet a boyfriend in Kathmandu. Sleeping under the stars, white-water rafting, playing soccer with local kids—it was all unforgettable. The only challenge was the leeches!”

Top Snorkeling Spot: “The 160-mile Ningaloo Reef, off the west coast of Australia—you can literally walk off the beach to swim with manta rays and whale sharks. Very few people know about it.”

Sydney After Dark: Vasco has the best cocktails in Australia. Chat Thai ($$), a hole-in-the-wall Thai joint, is open till two a.m. I’ve taken advantage many a time!”

N.Y.C. Haunts: “If you walked by Tertulia ($$$), in the West Village, you wouldn’t think twice, but the Spanish food is brilliant. Tuesday is karaoke night at Manhattan Inn, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; the pianist, Joe McGinty, can help anyone through a tune.”

Family Vacation: “At Blancaneaux Lodge ($$), in Belize, we swam under waterfalls, hiked, checked out wildlife, and had wonderful massages—all in addition to eating and drinking well.”

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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