Ellen DeGeneres has left the country! After a whirlwind Australian tour that kicked off last Friday, the popular talk show host has boarded a plane from Melbourne to head back to LA, with her wife, Portia de Rossi, mother, Betty, and crew in tow. A recent bout of the flu meant Ellen’s trip Down Under, which was sponsored by Swisse Vitamins and Qantas, had to be cut short — her team reportedly cancelled a relaxing getaway in Queensland that had been booked for the tail-end of her trip — but in the five days she was here Ellen spread her infectious joy to thousands of people. She managed to tick off requisite touristy things like visiting Taronga Zoo and posing with Sydney’s landmarks, and also made some appearances of a more personal nature, like dropping by Portia’s old school in Melbourne.
Ellen has always had a huge fan base in Australia and this past week she returned the love, even hinting at the possibility we could see her here on a permanent basis — but that’s way off in the future. Click through to see the highlights of Ellen’s Australian trip.