Soap opera Neighbours has broadcast its final episode in Australia, with a series of nostalgic cameos from former stars including Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce and Margot Robbie.

The finale - after almost 9,000 episodes - was filled with characters tearfully flipping through photo albums, a lingering melancholic piano score, the odd in-joke and a few grand entrances.

In a tweet after the final episode aired, the show said: "Thank you for loving us, we love you."

In March, it was announced that the curtain was coming down because the 37-year-old soap had failed to find a new broadcaster in the UK following Channel 5's decision to cease its funding.

Unlike rival soap Home and Away, Neighbours has been primarily produced for the UK market for many years.

Ahead of the finale, executive producer Jason Herbison told AFP it was meant as "a celebration of the past and the present".

The cast of Neighbours on the last day of filming in June

He refused to rule out Neighbours continuing in some form if a new broadcaster can be found.

The last episode ends "with the door very much left open for the future," he said.

Fans in Ireland can watch the last three episodes on RTÉ from Monday, 1 August, with the finale airing on Wednesday, 3 August.

Neighbours will air in its usual timeslots on RTÉ One, RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

Source: AFP