QUEENSLAND will miss out on Ellen fever with the talk show host running out of time for a Sunshine State holiday.

DeGeneres originally planned to holiday with family on Hayman Island and film a Great Barrier Reef segment for her show, but her delayed arrival in Australia because of illness has forced her to cut her Queensland leg all together.

"It's a shame because I'd been looking forward to this for a long time," she told the Today show's Richard Wilkins.

"I'd only been sick one day in 10 years before this."

DeGeneres will fly back to LA from Melbourne, where she is today filming the last Aussie segments for her show.

She told Wilkins that she has to come back again.

"I've always wanted to come to Australia for a lot of reasons," she said.

"I like everything about Australia.

"I can see myself buying a house here. It really is a beautiful place."

Rumour mill was running full swing in Noosa

FOR years, they asked: is she or isn't she?

Now in Noosa, where the Ellen DeGeneres rumour mill is in full swing, everyone's asking: will she or won't she? Visit, that is - in person, along with her wife, Aussie actress Portia De Rossi, and their families.

Speculation was rife that the US TV star may conclude her first trip to Australia at Makepeace Island, Sir Richard Branson's private resort on the Noosa River.

Rates for the private sanctuary are an eye-popping $4500 a night for two adults - but small change for someone who, according to the Forbes Rich List, earnt $53 million last year.

But whether it's Makepeace or some other spectaular spot, local folk reckon Noosa has the goods to adequately accommodate the celebrity entourage.

 

 

Louise Gosney, the manager of Hugo Boss in Hasting St, said Ellen could expect to be left alone if she came to the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.

"If she wants a quiet holiday, Noosa would be perfect because we're used to having known identities visit and enjoy themselves without being harassed," Ms Gosney said.

"We have such a diverse array of people who live here and come here, including Mark Webber who has a home here. He just goes about town doing his own thing and no one bothers him."

Nissarana Galleries Noosa art consultant Kerry Turnbull said she would not be surprised if the star graced Noosa because the town was a "world-class destination".

"We have fabulous beaches and restaurants as well as amazing shopping, beautiful weather - what's not to like?" Ms Turnbull said.

Ellen touched down in Melbourne yesterday, sparking "Ellen mania" as scores of Aussies fought to get a glimpse of the TV queen.

Meanwhile, Caloundra photographer Robyn Hills was able to hand-deliver two of her personalised neckties to Ellen minders after boarding a plane and landing in Melbourne yesterday.

"She (Ellen) pulled up in black vans and I got a security guard to give her two ties and she accepted them. How cool is that?" Robyn said.


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