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. Enjoy choosing among the city’s rich selection of filming locations for your shoot.
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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.
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 the Sydney neighbourhood of Darlinghurst for locations filled with energy and striking perspective.
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.
If your crew consists of more than 10 people, have 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 private areas. Ensure smooth execution of your permit application by being mindful of the application times and avoid late penalty fees.
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