Watch Oprah get fired up about Australia (video)

As I sit here in the damp cold of San Francisco, watching Oprah roar on the sunny steps of the Sydney Opera House makes me want to jump on a jet to summertime in Sydney.

I imagine plenty of other Americans feel the same way, so get ready for a big bump in trips between here and the land down under over the next year. Online news sources report that Australian tourism officials paid Oprah $4-$5 million to come to Australia. Oprah’s company, Harpo Productions says that it will spend nearly $7 million on transportation and production of a series of shows.

“Let me just tell you — this is the truth: It is immeasurable what four hours of a love festival about your country, broadcast in 145 countries around the world, can do,” she said in a AFP article, referring to her legendary selling power.”Aren’t you glad I liked it?”

Average round trip fares from SFO to Sydney usually hover around $1200-$1500 round trip. During promotional periods, or during the Australian winter, you can frequently find fares that dip below $1000. Business class runs $6000-$8000 round trip.

  • Trixie

    United had a fare late this summer RT SF to Sydney including taxes for only $700 -an incredible steal. But the strength of the Aussie dollar is daunting. It’s very, very expensive for us to be there now. Sadly. This is going to make it a lot harder for Americans to travel there and discover this wonderful place.

  • JK

    I LOVE this video, and can’t wait to watch the actual shows in January. I was there this same time last year, staying in a hotel right behind Oprah’s stage (Quay Grand Suites - best location & rooms for the price in Sydney.) What ticks me off, however, is that now everyone will want to go to Australia, making it even more expensive to travel there!