Filming and Photography

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a popular location for photography and filming. In order to manage these requests, filming is only allowed at Cranbourne and Melbourne Gardens, once approval has been granted and the relevant permit has been issued.

Please note that the flying of kites, model planes, helicopters and drones is strictly prohibited at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens and permission for these activities will not be granted for non-commercial filming. 

Media

Filming by media does not incur any costs.  However, the Communications and Media team requires as much notice and information as possible, so staff in the gardens can be notified.
Please send an email, including the below information, to filming@rbg.vic.gov.au

  • Name of company
  • Date of filming and air date
  • Where the imagery will be featured.
  • Preferred filming locations in the Gardens
  • Size of crew.
  • What positive exposure RBGV will receive for supporting this shoot.  Eg Written/verbal mention, tagging on social media, use of footage for garden’s own promotional use.

 

General visitors

If you are a visitor to the Gardens documenting your visit with photos and filming - no permit is required. 

 

Students and Not For Profit

Applications must be received at least two weeks (10 working days) prior to the proposed date. No filming or photography is to take place without an approved Filming Permit from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Please note that the flying of kites, model planes, helicopters and drones is strictly prohibited at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens and permission for these activities will not be granted for non-commercial filming. 

Prior to filling out the application form, please refer to:
Guide to Filming/Photography at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and
Terms and Conditions

Please fill out and email the completed application form to filming@rbg.vic.gov.au.

 

Wedding/Event photographers

Please note that fees apply.

Melbourne Gardens 

Please fill out and email the completed application form to rbg@blakesfeast.com.au.

Cranbourne Gardens 

Please contact Sorrento Catering Company on 0400 414 173.

 

Commercial

Please note there is a fee for commercial shoots (see table below).
Please fill out and email the completed application form and all supporting documentation to filming@rbg.vic.gov.au.

Filming

Duration

Rate

High Impact

Full Day

$2,725

 

Half Day

$1,363

Medium Impact

Full Day

$2,044

 

Half Day

$1,022

Low Impact

Full Day

$1,363

 

Half Day

$682

Commercial Photography

Duration

Rate

High Impact

Per Hour

$276

Medium Impact

Per Hour

$235

Low Impact

Per Hour

$165

Other Charges

Duration

Rate

Application Fee (non refundable)

 

$108

Security Bond (Refundable after site inspection)

 

$500 - $2000

Site representative (Duration as agreed in writing, minimum 2 hours)

Per Hour

$54

Late Booking Fee

 

50% of first day rate

Out of business hours surcharge

Pro-rata per hour

25% of total fee

Public Holiday Surcharge

 

50% of full day or half day rate (as applicable)

Please note 1. All rates quoted are inclusive of GST. 2. Final charges will be provided upon assessment of the Application Form and must be paid in full before the Permit can be issued. 3. A half-day Permit is for up to 4 hours of filming. 4. A full-day Permit is for between 4 and 8 hours of filming. 5. Business hours for Melbourne Gardens are 7:30am to sunset (Monday to Friday) and Cranbourne Gardens are 9:00am to 5:00pm (Monday to Friday). 6. Late fees will be charged on all filming/photography requests which are not received within the specified timelines. Low impact, medium impact and high impact applications must be received at least three (3), seven (7) and 15 business days respectively in advance of the planned commencement date of the filming/photography.