Sydney — By Lauren Katulka on April 19, 2010 at 4:12 am
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It’s Hollywood Down Under on Sydney Movie Tours

Who needs Hollywood when you’ve got Sydney? New South Wales’ capital has become the coolest place to shoot a movie, with directors lured by our beautiful weather, stunning scenery and laidback attitude.

International blockbusters like The Matrix, Mission: Impossible II, and the most recent Star Wars movies were all filmed here, not to mention local classics like Australia, Mao’s Last Dancer, Moulin Rouge, and Muriel’s Wedding.
Sydney Movie Tours operate a range of fun tours which will take you to some of the silver screen’s hottest spots.

Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel, as seen in "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert"

The company’s walking tours set off from Martin Place. You might remember this area’s fountain from The Matrix. This two-hour tour will visit plenty more iconic locations just like this.

Fans of The Man of Steel might like to try the special Superman Returns Walking Tour. You’ll visit some of the places where the movie was shot, and hear stories about the stars and what they got up to behind the scenes. You can also feel like what it’s like to be a superhero as you recreate some of the movie’s scenes!

If walking sounds too much like hard work, a coach tour may be more your speed. These half-day tours start at The Rocks and travel through the City and its inner suburbs. A stop at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville, seen famously in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, is a real highlight.

Every person who joins one of Sydney Movie Tours groups will receive a welcome pack containing film souvenirs, a Sydney movie list, and discount vouchers. Film trivia is also played on all tours, and the winner of this will receive a very special prize.

Tours for bucks nights, hen’s nights, or corporate groups can also be arranged. Bookings are essential and can be made online or over the phone on 1300 302 640.

Trading hours: Walking tours run on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 am and 11 am. Coach tours run Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am
Cost: Walking tours cost $50 for adults and $25 for children. Coach tours cost $90 for adults and $55 for children
Website: http://www.sydneymovietours.com.au

Image source: Newtown Graffiti @ Flickr

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