Aloha! Why Hawaii is Julia Morris' happy place

When not in the jungle for I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, or in her beloved hometown of Melbourne, TV star Julia Morris loves to holiday in Honolulu.

An aerial shot of Waikiki beach in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Paul Ewart
  • March 2020

She’s spent the last three decades making us laugh and honing her skills as a comedian, actress and host of I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Now the TV star tells us why Hawaii makes her happy – and what she does when she gets there (flop!).

What’s the best thing about your job?

The fact that I still have a job at nearly 52 years of age. The biggest bonus is all the laughter. I am sure it has given me extra facial lines but I don’t mind.

What made you fall in love with Hawaii?

My love affair with Hawaii began a long time before my first visit in 1995 as a young actress stopping over on my way to LA. Was it because of The Brady Bunch Hawaii episode? Was it the sweeping mountain shots in Tom Selleck’s dreamy Magnum, P.I. or even Hawaii 5-0’s Steve McGarrett’s [Jack Lord] balcony turn in Waikiki? Whatever made me fall in love with the place, the good news is that it lived up to all of my expectations.

Julia Morris wearing a white dress smiling at camera
Julia Morris has loved going back to Hawaii since the 1990s.

What are your top tips for a first-time visitor?

Hawaii is not only made up of hundreds of islands but hundreds of different experiences. Work out what you like and do that. Sounds simple enough but I hear people complain that Waikiki is just a big shopping centre. Yes. Correct. And it’s amaaaaaazing! But it’s also so much more. Learn about the different areas and grab a car. Heading to Hawaii’s brilliant North Shore could not be further from the neon madness of Waikiki.

What’s a typical day like when you’re there?

Normally by the time I’m on holiday, I’m so tired I just want to flop on a lounger! Then I’m ready to get a bit more involved. I like breakfast in my room, then a shower, drift to sun lounger, lunch, swim. By the afternoon (post nap) I’m dressed and ready for some retail. Evenings are for stepping out for a burger and fries on a plate bigger than my head.

 White sand beach along with palm trees and white lifeguard house near the shore
There's nothing Julia loves more than relaxing on the beach when in Hawaii.

You live in Melbourne, what do you love about it?

Melbourne is truly glorious. I don’t want to tell you how good it is because I want to keep it to myself. From culinary expertise to some of the best shopping in the world, and then there’s me! Melbourne has it all.

What are your top picks for visitors to the city?

I want to say – please don’t come here for the awesome food, theatre, comedy, fashion and coffee. But if I had to pick a fave, it would be the funky Ilona Staller. I also love Chocolate Buddha, a Japanese dining hall that’s great for the kids.

And your dream holiday destination?

Having lived around the world from Hokkaido and Sydney to London and Los Angeles, my dream destination will always be home [in Melbourne].