Cairns is an ideal location for filming, photography, documentaries, television programs and commercials. We offer spectacular, diverse and accessible locations and we are the only location on earth where two iconic World Heritage areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest.
With our world-class infrastructure and services, and Cairns Regional Council's film-friendly approach, Cairns is the smart choice for your next project. Our spectacular location and support network make it all work!
If you are considering a filming or photography project in Cairns, we invite you contact our Film Liaison Officer well in advance to discuss your needs. This will help ensure we can provide a high level of service to support your project.
Applying to film:
Council's permit process and policies support commercial filming and photography activity. Refer to our Best Practice Management Policy for Commercial Filming and Photography ( PDF, 0.15 MB ) for guidelines and requirements relating to commercial filming operations within the Cairns Regional Council area.
Your first step to filming in our region is to complete an online application form. This puts your project 'on our radar' and helps us 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.