Oprah fever continues as the US talk show host touched down in the spiritual heart of Australia where she boarded a helicopter for a bird’s eye view of one of Australia’s most famous icons – Uluru (Ayers Rock).
The star was in the Northern Territory as part of a whirlwind eight-day ‘Ultimate Australian Adventure’ tour with a travelling audience to film for the 25th season of her chat show, the last ever series.
She surprised 15 of her ‘Ultimate Viewers’ in Australia’s Red Centre and together they experienced the fascinating Kuniya Walk at Uluru to learn about the ancient Aboriginal culture. Audience members had previously spent time in the Top End visiting a rock art site in Arnhem Land.
Ms. Winfrey was welcomed at Uluru by the Northern Territory Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy who commented: “Although her Australian visit is on a tight schedule, Ms Winfrey has chosen to visit Uluru to come face-to-face with the world’s oldest living culture.”
Oprah said: “Being here is a way to pay my respects to the Aboriginal people while showing respect for the land, their culture and all this rock means to them, the continent and the world.”
While at Uluru, Ms.Winfrey met with Indigenous Elders and traditional owners of the local Anangu People.
At least two episodes of the show will be filmed in Australia, the first time the show has been filmed outside of North America, due to air in January 2011.