Commercial filming and photography

The Cairns region offers a picturesque location for photography, filming of movies, documentaries, television programs and commercials.

Renowned internationally as the only place where two World Heritage areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, 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 activities on Council land at such locations 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 filming and/or photography permit, please complete an application form.