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 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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Ronan Keating dumps life in Sydney

Ronan Keating
X Factor judges Ronan Keating, Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian before the filming of the Sydney auditions at the Entertainment Centre. Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: The Sunday Telegraph

Richard Clune, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

Irish singer Ronan Keating has arrived back in Sydney, eager to spruik the upcoming new season of The X Factor - but he's also admitted his plans to relocate permanently to Australia have been sidelined given his recent marriage breakdown.

Twelve months ago, Keating happily nattered about his desire to move his family here - but given last year's separation from wife of 14 years, Yvonne Connolly, he admitted his new focus is on time with his children Jack, Marie and Ali in Dublin.

"My life is different now, my kids are at home and I need to be there as much as I can," said Keating, during a filming break last Thursday with X Factor judges Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian.

"I'll still work around the world but I want to be with them as much as I can. At the end of the day I don't want them to feel like things have changed dramatically, that's very important."

In Sydney for the next round of X Factor auditions, Keating said he believed the format remained the standout of the reality singing genre. This despite the current ratings dominance of Nine's The Voice.

"Yeah I heard the [The Voice] ratings were rocking. It's good to have competition - it means everyone lifts their game and really I think X Factor is the best format out there as it doesn't lose any of its magic on the way through. We don't have any gimmicks.

"We also give honest critiques, we give the good and the bad and people at home genuinely like that and want that, and other shows have failed at that and slacked off."

Keating said Melbourne had "not delivered" during the audition process so he hoped the Sydney leg would again unearth a star akin to last year's winner Reece Mastin.

Beyond the X Factor, Keating will this week attend the Cannes Film Festival in France to promote his flick Goddess before shooting a "massive film" in Los Angeles in July.

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