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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Packed to the Rafters actors preparing to leave home

Erik Thomson and Rebecca Gibney
Erik Thomson and Rebecca Gibney, from Packed to the Rafters. Picture: Katrina Tepper Source: The Sunday Telegraph

Zoe Nauman, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

If Packed To The Rafters still has another season left to run, someone has forgotten to tell the actors.

Rumours have swirled around the show's future since star Rebecca Gibney revealed she was developing a new project with Screentime and Channel 7 and the network refused to confirm or deny whether this season would be the last.

Rafters creator Bevan Lee will also be committed to a second season of new drama A Place To Call Home.

Actor Fiona Spence told The Sunday Telegraph her eight-week appearance would be on the "last eight weeks of the show ever".

"I felt it was a great privilege and honour to make a small contribution to a show which has been so phenomenally successful and being in the last eight weeks was very special," she said at Foxtel's Wentworth launch.

Spence is playing Eleanor McCormack, and made her first appearance last week. But yesterday Seven said the show had a while to run yet.

"The No.1 drama in the country is Packed To The Rafters; 1.7 million people watched last week's episode, confirming how much the audience loves the show and as does Channel 7," a spokeswoman said.

"There is no way we would bring this wonderful story to a close. The key creative people are working on the development of the next series."

Spence claimed the decision to finish the show, which lost to Nine's House Husbands at the Logies as most popular drama, was mainly down to the main cast wanting to do new things. "They have done six series and Rebecca, Erik (Thomson) and Michael (Caton) wanted to do other work, so it was up to them," she said.

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