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:

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

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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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Celebrity Apprentice victor Dicko 'not too ashamed' of tears

Mark Bouris with this year's <i>Celebrity Apprentice</i> winner, Ian 'Dicko' Dickson.
Mark Bouris with this year's Celebrity Apprentice winner, Ian 'Dicko' Dickson.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports

An emotional Ian "Dicko" Dickson was crowned the Celebrity Apprentice for 2012 and says being on a reality show is not easy and it's not for everyone.

Dickson won the final of the Nine Network show after producing a music video, which was judged only mildly superior to one created by Nathan Jolliffe, to get the nod from boss Mark Bouris on last night's final.

The soft-sided Dickson seen during the series and the final was in contrast to his persona as the hard-as-nails judge on Australian Idol.

When told by Bouris that he was the Celebrity Apprentice winner, Dickson choked back tears and said how proud he was of Jolliffe, a former winner of The Amazing Race who does not have a musical background, in almost pulling off a shock win.

"It's a very different dynamic (being a contestant on a reality show)," Dickson said.

"You find a lot more vulnerabilities emerge at inopportune times ... I ended up becoming a bit of a blubbering mess at times but I am not too ashamed about that."

The final show had a few surprises, including the return of previously fired pair, former AFL star Jason Akermanis and feisty Bollywood actor Tania Zaetta, as team members.

Akermanis began with an apology to Bouris and the other contestants for the explosive manner in which he had departed the series.

Zaetta again tested the patience of her teammates and Dickson clearly made his frustration known during an editing session for the music video.

He said Celebrity Apprentice, which raised almost one million dollars for charity, had served its purpose of helping the needy and warned anyone wanting to be on the next series to be fully committed.

Dickson said Zaetta looked as if she was acting the entire time instead of being herself.

"Tania's got a lot of good energy about her and a good heart, but she doesn't have an innate sense of irony and as such looked as if she was reading a press release 24/7 which doesn't come across well," he said.

"I'd say anyone who wants to go on the show needs to embrace it and really be themselves."

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