Filmmakers and commercial photographers who have shot in the Cairns region keep coming back knowing that the region is a spectacular location with a support network that makes it all work.
The Cairns region is renowned internationally as the only location where two World Heritage areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Cairns is the international gateway to the region with smaller townships including Babinda, Gordonvale, Mossman and Port Douglas.
Interest in the region as a location for filming, photography, documentaries, television programs and commercials has increased over recent years. This is due to an increased awareness of our spectacular, diverse and accessible locations on offer, as well as the supporting world class infrastructure and services.
Cairns Regional Council strongly supports filming and has committed to promoting and facilitating greater access to our locations. With our film-friendly and proactive approach to facilitating productions, the Cairns region is the ideal setting for your film, television or photographic projects.
Applying to film:
Cairns Regional Council's permit process and policies facilitate and promote commercial filming and photography activity.
An important first step to filming in our region is to complete an online application form. Registration puts your project 'on our radar' and ensures we can assist you with the right information and resources to support you, when and where required.
Council's Film Liaison Officer will be your first point of contact should you require exclusive use of any Council-controlled public open space, footpaths or roads. Our Film Liaison Officer will assist you in liaising with Council departments and other government agencies, as well as providing local know-how and community contacts.
If you wish to film or conduct commercial filming related activities on Council controlled public open space, footpaths or roads, you need to seek prior Council approval and complete an online application form.
Filming/photography will only be allowed after you have complied with the application process and Council has issued a permit. Applications are to be submitted to Council at least 7 days (non-exclusive) or 14 days (exclusive) prior to commencement of shooting. Fees and supporting information requirements are listed on the application form.
If you are considering a major production, we invite you contact our Film Liaison Officer well in advance to discuss your needs and requirements, to ensure we can provide a high level of service to support your project.
You may also need to apply to other managing authorities to film in locations that are not under Council's control. Our Film Liaison Officer will assist you in this process if required.
Film Liaison Officer, Cairns Regional Council
or telephone +61 07 4044 3347 or 0459 999 027.
To increase the Cairns region's profile as a desirable production destination, to advocate and facilitate filming activity in the region, and to generate greater economic benefits for the region while maintaining environmental and cultural values and community amenities.