Commercial filming and photography

The Cairns region is a spectacular location for photography and filming movies, documentaries, television programs and commercials.

Renowned internationally as the only place where two World Heritage areas - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest – meet, our region offers spectacular, diverse and accessible locations, supported by world-class infrastructure and services.

A permit is needed for all commercial filming and photography on Council land such as roads, parks, reserves and beaches. There is no fee for non-exclusive use of a space but you are required to have public liability insurance with a minimum cover of $20 million that indemnifies Council.

To apply for a permit, please complete an application form.