Haven't we all at some point in time fantasized about stepping through a cinema/TV screen and into the world of our favourite movies and television shows? I certainly have!

With its modern, urban setting and stunning harbour, it is easy to see why Sydney leads the way as an ideal and versatile shooting destination. Movies shot here have been set in New York (Godzilla: Final Wars, Kangaroo Jack), Chicago (The Matrix and sequels), London (Birthday Girl), Seville (Mission Impossible 2), Bombay (Holy Smoke), Darwin (Australia), Myanmar (Stealth), Mars (Red Planet) and the fictitious city of Metropolis (Superman Returns, Babe: Pig in the City).

Whether popular landmarks or off the beaten track locations that are often hard to find, you can now explore Sydney in a fun and unique way with the SYDNEY ON SCREEN walking guides. Catering to Sydneysiders as much as visitors, the guides have something to offer everyone, from history, architecture and movie buffs to nature lovers.

See where productions such as Superman Returns, The Matrix and sequels, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Candy, Mission Impossible 2, Mao's Last Dancer, Babe: Pig in the City, Kangaroo Jack, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Muriel's Wedding, The Bold and the Beautiful, Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure and many more were filmed.

Maps and up-to-date information on Sydney's attractions are provided to help you plan your walk. Pick and choose from the suggested itinerary to see as little or as much of the city as you like.

So, come and discover the landscapes and locations that draw filmmakers to magical Sydney, and walk in the footsteps of the stars!


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Click on the picture above to see a preview of all four walking guides and on the picture below to see larger stills of Sydney movie and television locations featured in the slideshow!

Copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty / Unless otherwise specified, all photographs on this blog copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty

Sydney on Screen guides are now available for purchase at the following outlets:

Travel Concierge, Sydney International Airport, Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall (between gates A/B and C/D), Mascot - Ph: 1300 40 20 60

The Museum of Sydney shop, corner of Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9251 4678

The Justice & Police Museum shop, corner of Albert & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9252 1144

The Mint shop, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2416

Hyde Park Barracks shop, Queen Square, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2311

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The Shangri-La Hotel (concierge desk), 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9250 6018

The Sebel Pier One (concierge desk), 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8298 9901

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney (concierge desk), 27 O'Connell Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8214 0000

The Sydney Marriott Circular Quay (concierge desk), 30 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9259 7000

Boobook on Owen, 1/68 Owen Street, Huskisson - Ph: (02) 4441 8585

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Andrew and Mike from Byron Bay and Brad and Lara from East Maitland in the new series of Channel Nine's The Block

Event The Block NSW
The NSW contestants ...Andrew and Mike from Byron Bay and Brad and Lara from East Maitland. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Holly Byrnes, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Leaving behind love for a spot on reality series "The Block" pulled at the heartstrings of one Byron Bay hopeful lining up in the latest season for Channel Nine.

NSW project manager and handyman Andrew had just popped the question to his girlfriend Emilie when the phone rang offering a role in the DIY competition, returning to the small screen after Easter.

Teaming with his brother Mike, 29, the 37-year-old said it "had been a mad 24 hours celebrating absolutely the best day of my life. Then it dawned on me that I'd have to leave Emilie all alone," for the 10-weeks filming.

The siblings join East Maitland couple Brad and Lara, both 30, in flying the flag for NSW against the six other teams revealed by Channel 9 for the new season of The Block.

The amateur renovators were introduced in a series of biographies.

The first seven of the 2012 teams include:


Newlyweds, live in Melbourne

Style: Recycled vintage

Married less than a year ago, they have hopes of fixing up a house in the country and raising a family.

"Dale will spend the days tending to our organic vegie patch while I sew clothes and illustrate children's books,'' Sophie said.

She is a graphic designer turned primary school teacher, he is a landscape gardener with a shared passion for the environment.


Youngest couple, married, live in Melbourne

Style: Contemporary coastal

Both 22, what these newlyweds lack in age and experience they make up for in confidence.

"Brendan's a real handyman - he picks up skills very quickly,'' Michelle says, describing her husband as a "mix of McGyver and Bear Grylls.''

She is a project support officer with the CFA and Brendan is a youth worker and part-time model.


First father and daughter team on The Block, live in Brisbane

Style: Rustic elegance

Jessie, a 22-year-old full-time student originally planned to audition for the show with her mother Michelle.

Tragically, she was killed in a plane crash in March 2011, leaving her family searching for ways to get through their grief together.

"Dad knew how much she wanted to do it and could see how much I loved The Block and said he would do it with me - for my mum.''


First mother and son team on The Block, live in Melbourne

Style: Inviting elegance

Brett, 26, is the apple of his mother's eye.

"I might be biased, but look at him ... he's cute as! And while he can be impatient, stubborn and quite bossy at times, he's also incredibly thoughtful, caring and generous,'' Rana, 46 said.

The mother of three sons wants to study interior design after selling her homewares and fashion business, while Brett, a drainer and machine operator, is currently renovating a house he bought three years ago.


Dating, live near East Maitland

Style: TBC...they're still deciding

Met five years ago in a pub near their home town of East Maitland, bonding over a shared love of Bon Jovi, The Foo Fighters and sport.

They have jumped into renovating boots-and-all, having relocated and refurbished two houses on vacant land, as well as adding an extension to a third property.

Brad is a fitter and machinist in a local mine, while Lara is a physical education teacher at the local high school.

Under pressure is worried about his other half: "she's got great organisational skills, but can become a little erratic and emotional if things start to go wrong.''


Brothers, Andrew lives in Byron, Mike in Bondi

Style: Rustic warmth with contemporary touch

Andrew, 37, is a project manager who has left love behind to join The Block. He proposed to girlfriend Emilie the same day he scored a spot on the show.

Mike, 29, lives in one of the Bondi houses he restored with his big brother, leaving Dee, his girlfriend of six years. They spend their weekends together treasure hunting.

"It's paid off, with Mike putting himself through a business degree and then music diploma on the proceeds from "restoring things I found.''


Dating, live in WA

Style: Modern with a vintage twist

After a bumpy start - meeting on a bus trip with mutual friends - the pair have been inseperable ever since.

They have big dreams to renovate their own home, but have settled for small jobs on the house they rent from her parents..

"We're fast learners and we know that we'll gain invaluable experience on The Block.''

She's a speech pathologist and he's a project manager for a commercial property provider.

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