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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Biggest Loser fat farm irks winner Adro Sarnelli

Adro Sarnelli
Adriano 'Adro' Sarnelli from The Biggest Loser / Pic: Channel Ten. Source: The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph reports
The winner of the inaugural first local The Biggest Loser, Australia, Adro Sarnelli, has hit out at the show's producers over plans to open "Australia's first-ever weight loss retreat", saying that he has been operating a same-minded obesity rehabilitation centre for the last five years.
Last week it was announced that the Golden Door Health Retreat on the Gold Coast will undergo a complete overhaul and be re-branded The Biggest Loser Retreat as part of a partnership with series producer Shine Australia. It will offer services seen on the weight-loss show and be promoted as the first of its kind.
However, Sarnelli, who won the TV competition in 2006 after losing 70kg, used his $200,000 prizemoney as a start-up for his own retreat, The New Me in Melbourne, which opened in 2008 and offers two 12-week courses for people who weigh more than 100kg.
"We set this up privately and we've had to work really hard to get this far,'' Sarnelli said yesterday.
"When you have a big corporate like The Biggest Loser come in and think they can start at the top is kind of like putting shit on the little guy.''
Sarnelli said he used the "voids'' of the show to build his business. "There was lots missing from The Biggest Loser, such as psychological support, long-term planning, teaching you how to cook and shop - the things that are prevalent to keeping the weight off,'' he said.
"A production company didn't teach me that and that's what made me want to teach and help others.
"I just hope this retreat is actually about helping people and not about making a TV program.''
There was no comment from a spokesman for Golden Door said its services differed from what Sarnelli was offering all Australians.

The new retreat will open in July.

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