I’ve learned from a friend that Old Sydney Town closed. I did a bit of research and learned that, indeed, a few years ago, due to money problems, it was closed to the public. However, it apparently lives on as a for-rent movie set. Nice to know they didn’t bulldoze it. That said, there is apparently some debate about whether the current owner will try to reopen (with a bit more marketing, so people know it’s there) or sell it for development. It would be a pity to lose it, though I do understand the concept of unloading a money-losing property. Having somehow reached a larger audience, Victoria’s Sovereign Hill is thriving. It seems that someone should be able to make a go of Old Sydney Town. I hope so.
Here are a few more images from Old Sydney Town. Perhaps if you’re going to make a movie, these will entice you to rent the site.