Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A couple of months ago Oprah announced on one of her shows she was inviting her audience of 302 to take a trip Down Under to Australia. Last month her fans experience a dream come true. Spending a well earned rest on the Great Barrier Reef at an island resort after a 16 hour plus flight, she and her fans enjoyed some Aussie traditions of a beach barbacue at sunset. 

Sampling some excellent Aussie tucker prepared by our celebrity chef Curtis Stone.

The group got to divide and conquer our sunburned country by visiting separate states in smaller bands of adoring fans. None were disappointed.

After climbing the 'Coathanger' 

And enjoying a relaxing cruise aboard Russell Crowe's yacht Harbour tour.

Keeping the papparazzi happy and dodging a flotilla of photographers.

Partaking a chardonnay and canapes on the deck, Oprah got to know what us Sydney-siders really enjoy.

Sydney Harbour was the focal point of the show tapings, to be shown later this month. Four shows air in January for the 25th and final season of Oprah before her network goes live.

The show tapings took place over two days and featured an array of Australian talent. An audience of 12,000 took to the Opera House forecourt. They were the luck few out of a huge 350,000, who received their tickets by way of a ballot.

We gave her an Aussie welcome...

Bon Jovi was in town, so too U2.

One adoring fan holding up a placard "I want to meet Bon Jovi" .. got her wish granted.

Hugh Jackman knows how to make an entrance.. remember the Oscars...

After numerous practice runs on a flying fox suspended from one of the Opera House' sails and the stage, Hugh made his entrance.

A little too fast and with an abrupt stop..

Oprah checks his black eye, which was tended to by paramedics on standby.

Nic and Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John, Russell and Hugh along with a choir sun to their audience.

It was a thrilling experience, one never to forget. Oprah you're welcome back anytime.

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