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

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

Travel Up! (travel counter) c/o Wake Up Sydney Central, 509 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph (02) 9288 7888

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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Joel and Nicole fall for Sydney's soul

The Voice party, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden
Celebrating the TV show's success ... Fashion designer Nicole Richie and her husband, The Voice judge Joel Madden, arrive at Bondi Icebergs. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

Jonathon Moran, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

The Voice's Joel Madden and his Hollywood wife Nicole Richie are looking to call Sydney home.

Not long after jetting into town last week, the high-profile pair, parents to Harlow, 4, and Sparrow, 2, began inspecting schools.

In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Madden said: "We are looking at schools and we are talking about maybe leasing a place for the next year."

Madden, 33, one half of American pop rock group Good Charlotte, is enjoying increased Australian success thanks to his position as a coach on Channel Nine's ratings juggernaut The Voice.

He and his wife attended an exclusive VIP cocktail party at Bondi Icebergs last Thursday, joined by fellow coaches Delta Goodrem, Seal and Keith Urban.

"The kids, those are the only ones that I'm really protective of. You know what? One place that actually respects that in the world is Australia, which I love," said Madden.

He and Richie, daughter of pop icon Lionel Richie, attended the Waratahs v Bulls game at Allianz Stadium on Friday night. "I'm loving it because usually I don't have the kids here. I love the light.

I love the space. I love that, unlike LA, if you want to find good food and space, you don't have to drive to it," Madden said.

"Life is easy living here."

The Voice has been a runaway success for Channel Nine, with nightly ratings well beyond two million viewers nationally.

Contestant Lakyn Heperi has even broken into the mainstream ARIA Charts with his cover of Angus and Julia Stone's Big Jet Plane, entering at number 10 this week, two below Goodrem's Sitting On Top Of The World.

Seal's album, Hits, is at number six on the album charts. The coaches filmed pre-recorded episodes earlier this year but begin live shows at Sydney's Fox Studios tomorrow.

"I thought it would work, I just didn't think it would work to the extent that it has," said Urban.

All four coaches have indicated they will return for a second series. "We all would, it is looking very promising," said Goodrem.

Prince, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have been approached to appear on the show. Prince is due to perform on May 21.

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