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Sometimes – one does get slightly stuck on what to give someone… but if this someone happens to be very important – and her first ever (and maybe only trip to Australia) which RedBalloon experience would be perfect for her trip in December – HELP?

Oprah Winfrey is coming to Australia for the first time in December and the RedBallooners are bouncing off the walls with excitement over the idea of sending Oprah on a RedBalloon experience while she’s here.

Okay so I need a hand with this – I pride myself of being a good gift giver (you sort of have to be if you are Australia’s largest online gift retailer)…. So there are high expectations when it comes to what I (or the team at RedBalloon give as a gift). We’ve been in touch with Tourism Australia – and they think it is a fabulous idea to give Oprah Winfrey a RedBalloon experience when she comes here.

We were most pleased that this could be possible – however now we are all a flutter – ‘what do you give Oprah?’

We love to give people a good time here at RedBalloon, it’s in our blood, and who better to send on a RedBalloon experience than the woman Vanity Fair once described as having “more influence on the culture than any university president, politician, or religious leader, except perhaps the Pope.”

I think it is pretty impressive that Tourism Australia has achieved this marketing coup. I know they spend millions on TV advertising around the globe every year – but clearly this is so much more powerful to have Oprah – say to her 9 million viewers (in 145 countries) ‘Australia is a great place to hang out.’

Managing Director of Tourism Australia Andrew McEvoy estimates in 2009 “international visitors would have injected around $25 billion in to the Australian economy”* The international coverage of her visit will be huge as well. So clearly RedBalloon want to put it’s best / most appropriate / perfect experience as a gift to her.

What do you suggest we give her?

Imagine giving Oprah the chance to go sky diving over the beach, swimming with whale sharks, snorkelling on the great barrier reef, fly a helicopter over the harbour, learn how to cook an old fashioned Aussie barbeque or go hot air ballooning! This is our chance to really show what we have got – and why this is a uniquely Australian gift.

We need to demonstrate to Tourism Australia that RedBalloon has the perfect gift… and that is where I need your help by signing our public petition Let’s send Oprah on a RedBalloon experience and of course this is a volume play – we need everyone to show that Oprah does also need to experience a uniquely Australian entrepreneurial success story – so we need many many people to make their suggestion.

In addition if you’re on Twitter join in on our hashtag conversation by including the hashtag “#Oprah4RedBalloon”… and then add your favourite RedBalloon experience suggestion. E.g. i think Oprah should go shark diving #Oprah4RedBalloon

Thanks so much for your help with this we’ll let you know how we go! (and thank you also to the 824,556 people who have shared the RedBalloon experience in the last nine years).

Reader Interactions


  1. this is awesome I want to be in the ballon too I cant wait to see and meet her I have been following her for years I have booked my tickets I hope I get to buy one its my bday the same day I have planned to go to sydney with a group of my girlys to celebrate the most infulentional women in the world in the most livable city.

  2. I suggest Oprah should be shown something uniquely Australia – a good example would be a day of indigenous culture as at Manyallaluk (ex Katherine) – (Aboriginal Australia Tours & Travel
    The Manyallaluk community, 100 kilometres from Katherine, borders Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park and Kakadu National Park.) a day experiencing bush walk and tucker, aboriginal cooking, craft’ boomerang & spear throwing, as well as experiencing magical didgeredoo playing and local art.

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