Standing up for Canberra

Oprah Audience Discovers Canberra

Audience members from The Oprah Winfrey Show visited Australia’s capital city, Canberra today.

Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP said that Tourism Australia, in partnership with Australian Capital Tourism and industry partners, put together a truly exciting program of activities showcasing the many tourism experiences on offer in the Australian Capital Territory.

“Audience members had the opportunity to explore the journey of our nation, through our world class museums and attractions,” Minister Ferguson said.

“Our American visitors had the opportunity to discover more about Australia’s culture, history, government and way of life.”

Kate Lundy, Senator for Australian Capital Territory, Gai Brodtmann, Member for Canberra and Andrew Leigh, Member for Fraser extended a very warm welcome to the audience members and invited them to make the most of Canberra’s genuine hospitality.

“Oprah’s audience members are in for a unique experience during their visit to Canberra,” Senator Lundy said.

“Canberra is one of the world’s few planned cities. Also known as the ‘bush capital’ it is a great place to explore our political past and modern democracy while the surrounding regions showcase food, wine and beautiful landscapes.”

Gai Brodtmann said Canberra’s tourism experiences bring together the rich and diverse threads of Australia’s history and contemporary culture.

“The Australian War Memorial lauded as one of Australia’s best urban experiences and the newly opened Indigenous Gallery at the National Gallery of Australia offer visitors an unforgettable tourism experience.

“I’ve always been a promoter of our capital and I’m certain that Oprah’s guests will leave Canberra with a great story to tell,” said Ms Brodtmann.

Andrew Leigh said tourism is an important part of the ACT economy generating $732 million dollars.

“ ‘Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure’ will encourage more visitors to Australia but it will also remind Australians that some of the best holiday destinations in the world can be found right here in our own back yard.

“I’ve always said Canberra is Australia’s best city and I am sure Oprah’s audience members will say the same after their visit,” said Dr Leigh.

The visit to Canberra included a tour of Parliament House, the War Memorial and the National Gallery.

Media contact

Bindi Gove (Ferguson) 0406 644 913
Annika Hutchins (Lundy) 0407 458 882
John Snobar (Brodtmann) 0435 059 099
Shobaz Kandola (Leigh) 0421 838 038