Oprah: What they saw and where they went

Dec 18th, 2010, 04:51 PM
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Oprah: What they saw and where they went

Audience members were treated to a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles, a hot air balloon ride, a Yarra River bike ride and a trip to see the Phillip Island penguin parade. They also visited the laneways of Melbourne and attended an event in Federation Square with Oprah, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.

Northern Territory
Audience members enjoyed the sunset over Uluru, and an Imma dance performed by the Traditional Owners of Uluru. They also visited the Gabarnmung caves with Margaret Katherine, elder and traditional owner and visited indigenous art galleries in Alice Springs.

Six best friends of more than 25 years stayed at a beautiful Australian resort, went on a boat ride to see wild dolphins, seals and a humpback whale as well as the highest cliffs in the southern hemisphere. They headed to a luxury coastal sanctuary that overlooked the wide expanses of Great Oyster Bay, where local farms produce fresh, succulent oysters in some of the world‟s cleanest waters. They also received a surprise visit from Gayle King at a local winery.

Hamilton Island
Oprah and the ultimate viewers were treated to an exclusive beach barbecue with world famous Australian chef, Curtis Stone, on Whitehaven Beach. They also had a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, a jetski tour, a bush walk, and a sail around the Whitsunday Islands.

Six guests took an exclusive trip to the Daintree, where the rainforest meets the reef. They took an Aboriginal walk to a waterfall, learned about Aboriginal culture, enjoyed a river cruise and helicoptered over The Great Barrier Reef.

Western Australia
The ultimate viewers took in a Margaret River tour, a scenic chopper flight, Kings Park Indigenous Heritage tour, a bike ride, the Ngilgi Cave tour and a didgeridoo dance performance. They also snorkelled, took in Indjidup Beach and had a surf lesson.

Australia Capital Territory
Audience members visited the Australian War Memorial, including a tour of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, aircraft hall including U.S. exhibits, and Afghanistan Roll of Honour. They also paid a visit to the National Gallery of Australia, the Embassy of the United States and Parliament House.

South Australia
Kangaroo Island
The audience interacted with untamed native wildlife on Kangaroo Island, „Australia‟s Galapagos‟, indulged in fine food and wine from the Barossa, met outback characters and marvelled at the incredible landscapes of the Flinders Ranges and Coober Pedy.

Blue Mountains
Ultimate viewers went on eco-tours to explore the forests, valleys and cliff tops, see kangaroos in the wild and enjoy easy bushwalks in the crisp mountain air. They also enjoyed a nocturnal wildlife spotlighting and stargazing tour and colonial heritage tour.

Byron Bay
The ultimate audience had a surprise visit from Australian actress Olivia Newton-John. They had a sing-a-long with her and a serenade by Ms Newton-John, and enjoyed dancing with drummers and a hilltop Aboriginal ceremonial meditation. They did some surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and also yoga on the beach at sunrise.

The Hunter Valley
The audience had a private seaplane ride along the coast, a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the vineyards and an exciting impromptu vow renewal in a chapel performed by another member of the “Ultimate Audience” who is a minister.

The viewers started their Australian adventure with bike and walking tours around the city, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House, and a visit to Taronga Zoo. They also enjoyed a party designed by leading Australian food editor and best-selling cookbook author, Donna Hay at The Royal Botanic Gardens and a regatta around Sydney Harbour. Oprah climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge with Gayle King and 249 audience members. They ended their Ultimate Australian Adventure with the two show tapings at the Sydney Opera House.

Source: Daily Telegraph,
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Dec 18th, 2010, 09:04 PM
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Now that's what you call a whirlwind trip.

I'd heard that only two viewers came to WA - any idea if that's true?
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Dec 18th, 2010, 09:17 PM
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Don't know, Melnq, but I do know only 6 to Daintree. And not a soul to Port Douglas..... which is now setting its sights higher and aiming for Obama; they're very keen on US Presidents, movie stars and celebs in PD, already visited twice by Clinton, once as President.
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Dec 19th, 2010, 04:59 PM
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.. and none to the Atherton Tablelands or ...
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Dec 19th, 2010, 05:37 PM
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Armatree .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYb3aQjWp78

The comments tell the story - I'm not spoiling it for you.
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Dec 19th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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Gotta love that Australian sense of humor.
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Dec 19th, 2010, 08:14 PM
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Bokhara, I loved it.
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Dec 19th, 2010, 09:23 PM
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Thought it would get a laugh here.

This link gives some insight into the film's making & background.

These chaps' crops, like so many across Central, North West & South of NSW, have been lost/ruined in the recent torrential rains & subsequent flooding.


Not much for hand wringing & whinging - or bragging, swaggering & hollering either for that matter; Aussie blokes just get on with it. A beer & a laugh with your mates goes a long way when things get tough. And they very often do in the bush.
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Dec 19th, 2010, 10:09 PM
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Tough times ahead for Carnarvon too (900 km north of Perth). They've gotten a years worth of rain in one day. The mango crop has been devastated from what I understand.
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Dec 23rd, 2010, 04:16 AM
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Amazing but I like it.
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Dec 23rd, 2010, 04:35 AM
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There go the fruit prices again Melnq - mango cropped here in FNQ a bit of a disaster this year as too warm a winter for fruit to set - now they can't harvest the sugarcane as its waterlogged.
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Dec 23rd, 2010, 02:28 PM
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Yeah, I know pat, it's a mess. There are about 170 plantatations up north. Many of them lost their mangos, melons, grapes, peppers and bananas, not to mention livestock and homes. A sad situation all around.
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