CAN'T KEEP AWAY: Hollywood heart throb returned to the Gympie region for the third time on the weekend to holiday with Hollywood mega star Matt Damon.
CAN'T KEEP AWAY: Hollywood heart throb returned to the Gympie region for the third time on the weekend to holiday with Hollywood mega star Matt Damon. Contributed

THEY'RE BACK: Heart-throbs live it up at Rainbow...AGAIN

RELAX and you miss it.

That's what happened over the weekend when movie mega-stars Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon stayed at Rainbow Beach with their families.

The pair were in town, shopping at the local fruit shop and bakery, dining at local restaurants and soaking up the surf at Double Island Point.

 

Keen surfer Chris Hemsworth signs a surfboard outside Rainbow beach cafe Coffee Rocks at Rainbow on Monday morning.
Keen surfer Chris Hemsworth signs a surfboard outside Rainbow beach cafe Coffee Rocks at Rainbow on Monday morning. Coffee Rocks at Rainbow

And locals seemed unaware, or at least unfazed at the heartthrobs' second visit to the Cooloola Coast town in eight weeks.

That is the big pull the small seaside town has over one of Hollywood's biggest names, Coffee Rocks at Rainbow Bar and Restaurant owner Michael Read said.

 

Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth caused a stir at Double Island Point last visit.
Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth caused a stir at Double Island Point last visit. Contributed

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"He was sitting in front of our restaurant the other day and everyone was just walking past and nobody recognised him," Mr Read said of Thor star Chris Hemsworth.

"They come here and they can be themselves.

 

Chris Hemsworth down on the beach at Double Island Point.
Chris Hemsworth down on the beach at Double Island Point. Contributed

"They are down surfing at Double Island Point most days.

"And they share themselves around - they go into all the different business in town."

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Elsa Pataky, left, and Chris Hemsworth arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of
Elsa Pataky, left, and Chris Hemsworth arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Vacation" at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday, July 27, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Chris Pizzello

The home-grown Aussie star who lives in Byron Bay with Spanish model and actress wife Elsa Pataky and their three children, brought Hollywood's Matt Damon and his family to Rainbow Beach in April.

This time, just two months later, he was back with his famous travel buddy as part of a larger group of families, Mr Read said.

On his first recorded stay at Rainbow Beach last winter he told Mr Read it had been the best holiday he had ever had.

 

Cafe Rocks in Rainbow Beach owner Michael Read.
Cafe Rocks in Rainbow Beach owner Michael Read. Renee Albrecht

"They always seem to extend their stay," Mr Read said.

"Now it's becoming more frequent."

Reminiscent of Byron Bay 40 years ago, the restaurant owner believes Rainbow Beach should be portrayed as the next 'celebrity safe haven' to deliver a niche type of tourism.

"We're hoping the circles he's mixing in, he's going to bring more and more stars," he said.

 

Chris Hemsworth, Tyler Boyce, Jiah Peddington and Drew Austin.
Chris Hemsworth, Tyler Boyce, Jiah Peddington and Drew Austin. Contributed

"We go out of our way to protect them from hoards of people and the media," he said.

"It'll never get as busy.

"I drove around Australia for two years - and this is the best place I could find to live."

Gympie Times


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