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!

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

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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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ABC1's Auction Room host William McInnes on living life without his wife Sarah Watt who died of cancer in November

Switched On William McInnes
Living life without his wife ... Author and actor William McInnes' new series Auction Room begins on April 15. Picture: Supplied. Source: National Features

Andrew Fenton, The Daily Telegraph, reports

William McInnes is trying his hardest to be jovial. He cracks jokes, calls me "old cock" a lot and does a rather neat impersonation of Ray Winstone.

But today it seems a little forced - as if he's going through the motions.

It's been a trying time for the SeaChange and Blue Heelers actor since he lost his wife, much-loved filmmaker Sarah Watt, to cancer in November. As he talks about facing life without her, he begins to open up.

"It's an odd feeling of being abandoned and marooned, but it's no one's fault and it's just a new way of living your life," said McInnes. "That can be terribly hard to comprehend, especially when it's sort of public.

"It's not that you don't laugh or you stop having fun or enjoying life, you just know something's not quite right. Sometimes it's just too hard and you can't deal with it and you just feel like jumping in a hole."

McInnes and Watt married two decades ago when he was an unemployed actor with poor prospects. They had two children, Clem, now 18, and Stella, 13, and settled into a comfortable family life in Footscray, in Melbourne's western suburbs.

It was during post-production on Watt's acclaimed Look Both Ways, in which McInnes starred, that Watt was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Having thought she'd beaten the disease, it returned as secondary, terminal bone cancer soon after the release of My Year Without Sex in 2009. McInnes is as philosophical as you can be given the circumstances.

"There are lots of people who go through these sorts of things and it's not anyone's special cross to bear," he says.

"I know one thing - lots of people bang on about heroes as the sort of people who've got their portraits hanging in galleries, but you know what? When you're facing a serious life-threatening, or terminal illness, those people are courageous beyond description."

Not long before she died, the couple released a heartfelt book together - her "gift" he calls it - about their relationship and family called Worse Things Can Happen At Sea. A few weeks ago it won the Indie award for best non-fiction book; an honour that touched McInnes deeply.

"I'm not that proud of many of the things I've done, but this one is a cracker of a book," he says. "I know that it will mean a lot to the kids, and I know from the reaction I've received it's meant a lot to a lot of people.

The book has the idea that if you just take stock and count what you do have (rather than what you don't have) most of the time you realise you're pretty blessed."

Although McInnes could be forgiven for disappearing from public life, he's actually busier than ever. He's finishing off his new novel Laughing Clowns, for release in October and he's just started shooting an ABC telemovie called Dangerous Remedy.

He plays the head of homicide caught up in the corruption and deaths surrounding the illegal abortion rings that existed in Victoria in the 1960s.

"He was a guy who was part of the system back then, he wasn't necessarily a bad guy, but just got mixed up in the line between compromise and corruption," he says.

And McInnes's new series Auction Room begins on the ABC on April 15.

It was Watt who encouraged him to take the Auction Room hosting job when it was offered last year.

"Sarah said 'yeah, go on it'd be fun'," he says. "I think she just wanted me out of the house."

The series looks at the human drama and stories surrounding people compelled to sell off their cherished possessions.

McInnes calls it "entertainment with a brain" and the people featured include everyone from Elvis impersonators flogging off memorabilia, to people in high society auctioning off a lifetime's collection of antiques.

"I haven't seen it yet," he says. "But I can assure your readers it's probably the most powerful piece of television they're likely to see this year."

McInnes laughs.

"It's like a pleasant half hour of television. It's one of those shows where you can kick off your shoes, sit back and meet some nice, funny folk."

Auction Room, ABC1, April 15, 6pm

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