Oprah circus comes to town
Back home in the USA, for Virlane Torbite of Illinois, it’s a 12-hour drive just to get to the beach.
“This is just beautiful,” she says as she takes in the long stretch of white beach and the miles of blue ocean at Clarks Beach, Byron Bay.
Virlane is a member of the Oprah Winfrey audience, and along with 30 other fans and 15 production crew, was in Byron Bay last week as part of their visit to Australia.
The group arrived in town last Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday spilt up into groups, with some of them surfing and kayaking, while others visited The Crystal Castle. The group of 70 was then treated to lunch at the Byron Beach Cafe and dinner at Fishheads.
A special eight-course seafood degustation menu was designed by the Fishheads team.
“I just love it here,” Virlane said.
“I am so excited and I can’t wait to go kayaking, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
“The resort we are staying at is beautiful. The whole country is beautiful and this is a beautiful town.”
Despite being dumped from her kayak as she paddled out from the shore, Kaitlyn Rumpf from Massachusetts said she couldn’t wait to get back out.