Matrix locations in Sydney

When Eric and Tantek where in Sydney for Web Essentials 2005 they went off on a little jaunt that Eric dubbed urban spelunking. They went in search of locations from The Matrix, which was filmed in Sydney, donchyaknow.

“That looks like fun”, I thought. When I found myself in Sydney for Web Directions South, I resolved to follow in the footsteps of the futuristic hero dressed in black… no, not Neo; Tantek. I used location information gathered from Tantek's photos to find some street addresses. I also managed to find a couple of locations of my own.

Off I went with Jessica in tow and camera in hand. The resultant photos are up on Flickr. Evidently, I'm not the only one who got a kick out of this: the pictures have been dugg, sending their viewing figures into five digits.

For anyone else who wants to do a Matrix tour of Sydney, here's a list of locations and time stamps from the movie. They're all geotagged and encoded in hCard so you can go ahead and extract that data.

Adam Street Bridge The Adam Street bridge scene begins at 00:19:32. It's filmed at Campbell Street and Elizabeth Street.

Morpheus The crosswalk in the agent training programme is shown at 00:53:42. It's filmed at Martin Place and Pitt Street.

Woman in the red dress The fountain featuring the woman in the red dress appears 35 seconds later at 00:54:17. It's also filmed at Martin Place and Pitt Street.

Military controlled building The military controlled building where Morpheus is held comes into view at 01:25:47. The building is the Colonial State Bank Centre on Philip Street and Martin Place.

Phone call Neo comes out of the phonebooth at the end of the film at 2:03:30. You can find it across from Dymock's bookstore on the corner of Hunter Street and Pitt Street.

Metacortex The Metacortex building where Neo works is seen at 00:10:20 and is actually the Metcentre seen from Margaret Street and Carrington Street.

Have you published a response to this? :



On Flickr, someone commented on your shot of the Metacortex building: "I hate to think how much time you must have spent getting this photos. Either that or you known the Matrix in ways that scare me! :D"

I’d be able to take the exact same shots as you did, without thinking twice about it. I can play that entire movie in my head at any given time. Bravo sir, bravo. I only hope someday I can head down under and take the tour.

# Posted by Tigerblade on Friday, November 3rd, 2006 at 1:17am


Jeremy - yeap I dugg this on flickr after WD-2 06. Your where are Web Directions South 06, Web Directions North is in Feb 07

# Posted by Tuna on Friday, November 3rd, 2006 at 5:10am

Eric Meyer

Oh, sure, Tantek and I do all the pioneering work, and YOU get Dugg. Well, I got a link from Kottke, so nyeah nyeah!

Seriously, good work. The juxtaposition (and recreation) work was genius.

# Posted by Eric Meyer on Friday, November 3rd, 2006 at 3:09pm

Ben Bishop

Brilliant - I love it. I am a bit late to the party but a Matrix homage is a fantastic idea. In your photo is the woman in the red dress Jessica?

# Posted by Ben Bishop on Friday, November 3rd, 2006 at 3:59pm


Hi All,

Those photos I know well, as I work in the Metacortex Building.



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