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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Olivia gets physical for a good cause

Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John

The Age reports

Residents in Heidelberg and Ivanhoe will be doing double-takes at their front gates when Olivia Newton-John leads a 4-kilometre walk through local streets.

On Sunday September 15, the star of Grease will lead her first charity walk in Australia, to raise money for her Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

She is inviting the public to walk with her from the shops in Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, to the cancer centre at the Austin Hospital near Heidelberg station, then back to Ivanhoe, where there will be a street party.

Ivanhoe traders are jubilant after failing for five years to lure Newton-John to appear at their annual street festival in May.

Instead Newton-John will lead the Wellness Walk, in which participants will pay up to $30 to enter and can also be sponsored.

"We are very, very, excited to be a partner in this," said Ivanhoe Traders Association spokesman Stavros Zikou.

"I think everyone's in shock about the fact Olivia is not only coming to our shopping centre, but how big this event is going to be."

Helena Mikletic, owner of Issa gift shop in Ivanhoe, who was 11 when Grease came out and used to mime to the music, said: "I'm just thrilled. I think it's wonderful. It's exciting for me personally. I'm a big fan of Olivia's and always have been."

"I've always wanted to meet her. I think she has a lot of fans in Ivanhoe, particularly because of the association with the new cancer centre."

Speaking to Fairfax Media from Los Angeles, Newton-John said the route was yet to be confirmed but it would start at 11am. At the finish, she may, or may not, perform. There would be celebrity appearances and a yoga class.

She said if anyone was surprised to see her walking down their street, "I'm hoping they'll join in the walk. It will be like the Pied Piper".

She said it was fine if people on the walk wanted to talk to her but it wasn't a fan fest. "People should take part because I think everybody in the world is touched by cancer in some way, a family member; a friend, or a friend of a friend."

It would be a lot less strenuous than her 228km, 21 day, trek along the Great Wall of China in 2008. That walk, which raised $2 million for the cancer centre, featured a portable toilet, extreme weather and excruciatingly steep paths.

"That Wall is unbelievable, it's kind of straight up, so after the first day you don't know how you're ever going to walk again.""

On September 20 Newton-John will open the second and final stage of the Cancer and Wellness Centre, including two new inpatient wards, a palliative care ward named after her late mother, Irene Newton-John, and two new research floors.

The building aspect is paid-for by the government but money from the Wellness Walk would go towards the $1 million needed each year to run the Centre's programs such as yoga, counselling, nutrition, art therapy and massage.

She said walks were great fundraisers because they were social, healthy and didn't require dressing up.

She hopes it will be an annual event. One day she wants to do a walk in Australia on the scale of the Great Wall walk. "It's my dream. We'll make happen one day."

To register for the Wellness Walk, go to www.oliviaappeal.com.

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