Filming in the Scenic Rim

The Scenic Rim is a spectacular region, with rugged mountains, beautiful rainforests, waterfalls and mountain streams, quintessential country towns, farms and rural vistas. All of this is located close to the Gold Coast's major movie studios and established film industry. The Scenic Rim Regional Council recognises that for these reasons, the area is very popular as a filming location.

A large number of major films, documentaries, telemovies and TV commercials have been filmed in various parts of the region. We are keen to work with location managers and film makers to ensure that filming is smooth and successful and that the impact on residents, businesses, visitors and the community is minimal. To enable this, we have developed a simple process to ensure the quick and accurate flow of information and a streamlined approval process.


Scenic Rim offers a diverse range of filming locations. Find your next filming location on our Film Scenic Rim Location Database

Past productions filmed in the Scenic Rim

  • Monster Problems
  • Stories of Bike
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Bloom
  • Grace Beside Me
  • Harrow
  • At Last
  • Busby Marou
  • Many television commercials

Use of drones for filming and photography

If you plan to use drones for filming and/or photography in the region, please refer to the rules set out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) which is available here.  For flying drones above public spaces, national parks and gatherings of people read this information from CASA here.

Resident/local business notifications

In the instance of disruption to residents and local businesses, you will be required to deliver a letter to each of the affected businesses and residents outlining details of the production schedule, potential impacts, management plans for minimising impact and how access will be provided to residents and businesses.

Film Industry Associates

  • Screen Queensland: supports and promotes quality film and television production in Queensland.
  • Screen Australia: provides cultural and industry support through a range of measures.
  • Ausfilm: connects the international film community to Australia's incentives, facilities and talent.

Council contact

Initial enquiries should be directed to Customer Service, who can provide assistance refer you to the appropriate Council Officer for approvals, permits or additional information.

Telephone: 07 5540 5111