Oprah Winfrey gets friendly with the locals on eight-day tour of Australia

Australia has been at the top of her travel wish-list for a long time.

And so it's no surprise that American TV queen Oprah Winfrey is making the most of her short visit to the country.

Earlier this year, the 56-year-old surprised 300 audience members with an all-expenses trip Down Under, to mark the 25th and final season of the show.

After visiting Ayers Rock, Oprah said: "Me being here is a way of paying respects to the Aboriginal people and showing respect for the land and their culture and all that this rock means to them and the continent and to the world."

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