Filming Locations for Hire in Sydney

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Filming locations in Australian cities offer a rich mix of urban and natural landscapes that will excite the eye of any auteur. This is why Sydney has blossomed as a cinematic favourite in recent years and played host to productions both large and small. Are you looking for a perfect filming location for hire but you are worried that the process can be stressful and complicated? It doesn’t have to be! Tagvenue is here to help! Enter your requirements in smart filters and enjoy choosing among the city’s rich selection of filming locations for your shoot.

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Filming Locations Hire Guide

Get ready to choose among the iconic filming locations the city has to offer. Sydney has a vibrant energy and is eminently suitable to be captured on film whether you are seeking a location along Sydney’s North Shore or Darling Harbour. In the downtown area, be sure to investigate more picturesque street locations in the area’s eclectic range of neighbourhoods including areas such as Chinatown, Strawberry Hills or North Sydney.

Types of filming locations to hire:

Studios

Sydney is full of film and photography studios. Whether you are a beginner looking for a basic studio or a professional scouting for well-equipped, high standard studios, you will find what you need. Studios are perfect filming locations if you are planning to record a film with special effects (in this case a green screen studio can come in handy) or if you just need a plain, one colour background. You can find a few studios in the centre as well as in the suburbs. 

Film studios often offer equipment hire and professional help with equipment and set up. Ask the studio manager if your chosen studio provides one.

Why not check out some of our recommendations for fantastic Sydney locations. We encourage you to use the Tagvenue platform and explore the city’s wide range of filming locations on your own as well!

Photography Studio at Desk and Studio - a small studio located on Parramatta Road. The studio has big windows which let in the daylight. The studio is well equipped for a variety of needs, including lights and backdrops. However, we always recommend that you contact the studio for detailed information about the equipment available on the place.

The Studio at Filmotion - available for green screen production. The studio is located on Willoughby Road in the North Sydney area. It offers a range of equipment for hire at a negotiable rate (in case you forgot an item or need more value).

Studio at The Nest Creative Space - located opposite the new Waterloo Station site and just minutes away from Redfern station. Equipped with a cyclorama and high ceilings, there's also space for a wardrobe, hair, and make-up. Street-level loading dock allows for easy setup and cleanup.

The Dale Studio at The Dale - located in the iconic Chippendale creative precinct. Tagvenue’s customers recommend it for excellent communication with the studio’s manager and friendly staff.

Bars, restaurants and pubs

Looking for a posh restaurant or maybe a small cocktail style bar for your film shoot? No matter the need, there is plenty to choose from. Visit modern street style bars in Wynyard or take a look around Crows Nest to find some lovely pubs with a warm, cozy atmosphere for your production. If you are looking for a filming location further away from the city centre, Mosman, Terrey Hills or North Curl Curl are locations worth checking out.

Indoors

Interested in shooting a film in a stylish interior? In New South Wales, a Tagvenue Supervenue, you will find a historic New York style loft Creative Studio Space at San Telmo Studio. The venue is praised not only for its friendly and helpful staff but also for its excellent communication, spacious room, beautiful design and great location.

If you are looking for a vintage, minimalistic indoor filming location, check Caringbah. It offers a spacious venue right on Taren Point Road Entire Venue at Hustler Studios.

Should you look for a library style location, don’t hesitate to scout out The University of Sydney. The area features a few libraries that would be great for film shoots. These spaces come in different hire prices and sizes, giving you the chance to choose one according to your needs and budget.

Outdoor and rooftop locations

Sydney will definitely satisfy you with an abundance of outdoor and rooftop locations to choose from! Perhaps you are looking for a cruiser to shoot all the best views of the city, an outdoor cocktail bar or maybe a ceremony garden or a rooftop location?

Here are some of our recommendations for outdoor filming locations:

Ceremony Garden at Cropley House in the Baulkham Hills. A stunning private garden with great photography and filming opportunities. It is praised for its helpful, friendly staff.

Aqua Bay at All Occasion Cruises You don’t like to have both feet on the ground? Why not have both feet on the water then? Aqua Bay located in Pyrmont is a true example of luxury, freedom and beauty. It will give you amazing opportunities to film both the landscape and the boat.

3 things to bear in mind when choosing a filming location

Approval

You should check which approvals you need before starting to film. You can check on the government landowners map, about which areas you are required to have permission. You do not need a filming permit if you are filming on private property, but you will need to submit a filming management plan. 

Visiting the location

It is highly recommended that you visit the filming location before your scheduled shooting day. Then you can decide where to place the cameras, lights, and other necessary equipment and what views you want to capture with the camera.

Contact the location’s manager

It is a good idea to talk to the venue's manager about the most important aspects of the filming location hire. You can ask about all the things that are on your mind, about equipment and general rules pertaining to the area.

Filming Locations in Sydney FAQ

Which locations in Sydney are the best for filming?

There are many amazing and iconic locations among the city's beaches, architectural wonders and blue mountains. One local favourite is the intersection of Marrickville and Victoria Roads which is rich in visual appeal. For a more historic look, consider Bare Island or the harbour neighbourhood near Nielsen Park. The park’s nearby green lawns and surrounding historic mansions are also great for filming. Other natural landmarks such as Bondi Beach and The Rocks are popular for seaside shoots. For an urban industrial vibe, consider the White Bay Power Station and the surrounding area. Also check out the cafes, multicultural restaurants and cocktail bars of Darlinghurst for locations filled with energy and striking perspective.

How much does it cost to hire a filming location in Sydney?

Depending on the complexity of the shoot, expect application costs for city locations to start around $200 and reach upwards of $1000. Costs for filming in state parks will range between $600 to $2700. Other costs must be factored into this location hire as well, including costs for street closures, parking, insurance, etc. For privately-owned locations in Sydney, you will need a film release, and costs will vary widely depending on the size and standard of the location. (All data according to Tagvenue.com)

How do I organise a filming location in Sydney?

If your crew consists of more than 10 people, has more than one camera, tripod or microphone, or any large-sized props you will need to apply for a permit from the city. Your activity also must not disrupt any regular public activity or traffic. These conditions apply both to public property as well as to private areas. Ensure smooth execution of your permit application by being mindful of the application times and avoid late penalty fees.

What should I look for in a good filming location?

It is important to plan how many people and equipment you will bring with you. Especially if you are filming in organic locations such as restaurants where equipment hire isn’t possible. A good filming location should have friendly, helpful staff, a good location and (if it is a studio) access to a wide range of professional equipment. Remember to check if your venue provides other necessary facilities.

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