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

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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Spice Girl Geri Halliwell to join Australia's Got Talent replacing Mel B

Ginger Spice
Geri Halliwell should 'spice' up this year's Australia's Got Talent judging panel. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Holly Byrnes, The Daily Telegraph, reports

She made her naughty name slapping Prince Charles on the royal derriere, now Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell has threatened to "smack the bottom'' of her new Australia's Got Talent cohort `King Kyle' Sandilands.

It's a cheeky start for the Brit babe who has been officially confirmed as Nine's "Plan (Mel) B'' and the show's final fourth judge, after their first option and Halliwell's pop sister was ruled out of the series reboot by court order last week.

Brown was ruled out of the series, after her X Factor bosses at Channel 7 successfully argued she had an existing contract with their network and should not be allowed to jump ship to rival Nine.

The legal drama proved costly to Channel 9 who had indemnified Brown from any costs when inking their deal, and had to put its promotion of the new series in limbo until a new star judge could be found.

The hasty signing of Halliwell as Brown's replacement was apparently endorsed by the sidelined Spice girl who told A Current Affair she had sought the okay from Scary Spice before taking up the role.

"She actually said I just want you to know I think you should do it cause you're gonna have a great time and I love Australia,'' Halliwell said.

The 40-year-old singer she was a fan of the format and looked forward to spending time in Sydney for the star search series.

"I actually genuinely love the show, you know. I watch Britain's Got Talent and I'm a fan of the show. I think shows like that are brilliant and I love the opportunity they give to normal, everyday people.''

Asked what she knew about her controversial judging co-star Sandilands, Halliwell said: "I watched some of his tapes. I watched him being interviewed and I think he's quite a sensitive soul. I don't know, I'll get to know him and suss him out, or should I get him in a headlock?'' she asked Nine's Europe correspondent Peter Stefanovic, who encouraged the latter.

She responded: "yeah, I'll give him a smack on the bottom if he gets out of control.''

Halliwell is more familiar with fellow Brit and comic, Dawn French, describing her as "a lovely woman and incredibly talented.''

The sassy single also has her eyes peeled for hot Aussie men, but knows her favourite, actor Eric Bana, is off limits.

"I really think he is fantastic. I quite fancy him, but I think he's married isn't he? Okay, but I hope his wife doesn't mind me saying I think he's incredibly talented and a very attractive man.''

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