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:

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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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Ronan Keating is set to make a decision on his future and could leave Australia

The X Factor Judges together including Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo but for how much longer? Source: Supplied

The Daily Telegraph reports

Ronan Keating has become a popular fixture on Australian TV thanks to his judging role on The X Factor, but the popular Irishman could soon pack his bags and leave.

The former Boyzone star and father-of-three, on Queensland's Hamilton Island for race week, says he's been busy juggling filming duties on the talent show while preparing for his upcoming band tour.

He also has movie plans in the pipeline - and besides his career commitments in the UK, Ireland and Australia, he wants to find more time to devote to his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz and his children, aged 7, 12 and 14.

So his dreams of moving with his family to Australia permanently before his marriage breakup, most definitely have been put on the backburner.

In his first admission that perhaps Australia has lost its lustre for Keating, despite his Aussie model girlfriend, he has started talking wistfully of spending more time in Ireland.

"I want time for my career, my kids and my partner," Keating said.

"Being on this side of the world, as much as I love it, it's so far from home, so far from the kids and so far from my career there.

"I've had to make massive sacrifices for my career back there and be away from my children.

"It's difficult - Storm and I can be together wherever we are in the world, it's difficult with my kids and career, so I need to assess that for next year," says Keating, who is attending Hamilton Island Race Week with Uechtritz and his children as guests of the island's owner, the Oatley family.

Keating, who has been dating the Australian model and TV producer Uechtritz for 12 months, says he's loving being a part of the X Factor.

"I love the show, I love working with the team, the people, all of it is amazing, I don't knock anything. If I can't do it next year it's because of those things no other reason."

Keating said he's looking forward to his Boyzone tour across the UK and Ireland at the end of this year to mark the band's 20-year anniversary, as well as putting out a group album and a solo album next year.

"Music is my heart and soul, that's what I love to do," he said. The Dubliner, who made his acting debut in Australian film Goddess two years ago, also has other film projects in mind.

"I have some offers, but I want to find the right role, that's important."

Keating and Uechtritz found time in their busy schedules to relax on Hamilton Island, taking a boat to Whitehaven Beach and watching some of the sailing action on board the Oatley family's yacht.

"We're having the best time. I've never seen anything as beautiful as this," he said.

"We took the kids to Whitehaven Beach and it blew their minds. We went to the koala park, we had dinner on a boat, we've just had an incredible time.

"I'd love to buy a plot and have a little holiday home here, it really is special."

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