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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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

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Byron Bay attracts Elle Macpherson, Simon Baker, Jack Johnson, Olivia Newton-John and other stars

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Elle Halliwell, The Daily Telegraph, reports

They’re the sleepy towns that don't often hit the headlines - and that's why they're becoming the target of celebrities looking for a hideaway.

NSW's Robertson, Berrara, Nana Glen, Milton, Sutton Forest and Bowral are just some of the towns that play host to stars who have properties there.

Naturally, they're attracted by the anonymity of the surrounds and ability to walk around in boardies and thongs - unshaven and unnoticed.

"In Bryon Bay it's not uncommon to be at a cafe and find yourself sitting beside someone with $10 to his name and another worth $10 million," says Ray White Byron Bay principal David Gordon, who regularly deals with celebrity house hunters.

"I've surfed at Wategos (beach) with Elle Macpherson and been at a coffee shop with Pete Murray."

The NSW north coast town has arguably the densest population of celebrities in NSW outside Sydney, with international and local identities - many of them in the music industry - setting up base in nearby suburbs such as Bangalow.

Simon Baker, Jack Johnson, Olivia Newton-John and Andrew Stockdale all own property in and around Byron Bay, while Angus Stone, Australian Idol contestant Matt Corby, The Living End's Scott Owen and Ash Grunwald are also regularly spotted in town.

Further south in Port Macquarie, Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson has set up home, while residents of Newcastle and the Central Coast include Kasey Chambers and Silverchair's Daniel Johns. "It's all about privacy," says The Property Expert's Robert Klaric.

He says homes with long driveways, good security, and high hedges and fences are sought after.

"Most international celebrities will look for bigger properties which are difficult to be photographed."

Gordon says in the past stars preferred to buy in the Byron Bay hinterland, but now they're more inclined to buy closer to town.

"Years ago celebrities used to come here and buy a long way out of town at places such as Possum Creek, but now they're buying just a few minutes' drive away," he says. "They want privacy but are a lot happier buying within a closer radius of the beach as the travel can get tiring."

He says while many are usually happy to stop for a photo, the locals don't treat them any differently - which is exactly how they like it.

"We don't run up and ask them for autographs, they're treated as part of the landscape and that's why Byron Bay is so popular with celebrities," Gordon says.

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