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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Sydney on Screen walking guides now on sale!

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

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

NSW, interstate and international customers can order copies of Sydney on Screen using PayPal. Contact us at sydneyonscreen@hotmail.com to inquire about cost and shipping fees.

All four volumes of Sydney on Screen are available to download onto your PC or Kindle at:
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Step into Narnia's wardrobe at The Powerhouse Museum

 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition
Experience the Centers ... The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition is at the Powerhouse Museum from May 12 until August 26. Source: Supplied

Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

The Powerhouse Museum recently enjoyed huge success with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which was seen by more than 325,000 people.

Now comes The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition, featuring props, costumes, creatures and set dressings from the blockbuster film series based on C.S. Lewis's timeless, fantasy books.

Aimed at children aged eight to 12, the Narnia exhibition is produced by the same company as the Harry Potter one, Global Experience Specialists (GES), in partnership with Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

Both exhibitions entertain and hopefully encourage young people to read.

But Powerhouse Museum curator Sandra McEwen says the Narnia exhibition "has a different purpose to the Harry Potter one".

"Within the Narnia one, they actually try to focus on some of the scientific topics that kids are really interested in and tease them out," McEwen says. "There's science all around us all the time, but unless you understand it, things look like magic. We are hoping to use this to encourage children to think about science in their daily lives."

The exhibition uses events in the films as a springboard into science, including the construction of arches, map-reading, time, whether animals can communicate with humans, and climate change.

"The premise of the first book (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) is that the White Witch has created 100 years of winter, so they raise the question: 'Could we really have 100 years of winter?' ," McEwen says.

"They point out that about 10,000 years ago the climate changed and the whole of the northern hemisphere was in winter for about 1200 years.

So it just touches lightly on these subjects."

Visitors begin in a recreation of C.S. Lewis's study, then enter the exhibition through the wardrobe. Exhibits include a replica of the White Witch's icy throne on which you can sit, an interactive frozen waterfall, a large model of King Miraz's castle, a working catapult, and armour and swords from the films, plus fun activities.

There are also life-size centaurs from the films, a model of the fearless, talking mouse Reepicheep and costumes.

"(The books were) written as a fantasy where you could move from one world to the other," McEwen says. "The reality is that physicists these days are investigating the nature of what they call wormholes, which allow us to move between universes.

"It's lovely to think that maybe we'll inspire some young children to become interested in that and go on to become physicists who will study this area."

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, May 12 to August 26.

Info: 9217 0111. Bookings: Ticketek 132 849

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