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Ellen wants Fort Denison

Ellen DeGeneres offers her US audiences the first glimpse into her Australian tour including her wish to buy one of Sydney's historic landmarks.

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American comedian and daytime TV star Ellen DeGeneres has released the first footage from her recent Australian tour.

"Is this a river?" asked her octogenarian mother Betty as she sailed through one of the world's most famous waterways, Sydney Harbour.

"It's the Mississippi," DeGeneres replied.

Fans at the recording of Ellen DeGeneres' The Ellen Show at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. Click for more photos

Ellen's live Melbourne and Sydney show

Fans at the recording of Ellen DeGeneres' The Ellen Show at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. Photo: Penny Stephens

The YouTube clip shows DeGeneres with her arm around her Victorian-born wife, Portia de Rossi, as take in the sights of Sydney. Hundreds of fans lined the harbour, screaming and waving at the couple as they rode a ferry.

"Can you believe this? This is craziness," DeGeneres said.

She is also seen looking to buy a property in Australia's biggest city.

"That's a cute little island," she told her crew, pointing to the historic Fort Denison. "There's a cannon on it, too. Find out if that island's for sale."

Unfortunately for Ellen, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell is the only one who can decide if Fort Denison can be sold, as it would require a change of law.

"We can't sell it," said a spokeswoman from the Sydney Harbour National Park. "It would require a change of law and legislation since it is owned by the NSW government."

Highlights from the trip Down Under are currently airing in the US on her program, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"We're going to show you everything that happened," she tells her audience, before clarifying "not everything. They have a lot of nude beaches there."

The Australian episodes are currently airing on Channel Nine.

mlallo@fairfaxmedia.com.au