Filming and Photography
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's Melbourne and Cranbourne gardens are popular locations for photography and filming. In order to manage requests for photography and filming sessions, the Gardens requires students, wedding and commercial photographers, media, not-for-profit organisations, and commercial enterprises to submit an application for a permit.
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 Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens and permission for these activities will not be granted for non-commercial filming.
- General visitors - If you are a visitor to the gardens seeking to document your visit with photos and filming - no permit is required.
- Students - Please refer to our Guide to Filming/Photography in the Royal Botanic Gardens (PDF - 540 kB) and Terms and Conditions - excluding fee schedule (not relevant for students) (PDF 269 kB). Please fill out and email the completed application form (MS Word - 222 kB) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Media, not-for-profit and commercial - filming and photography at Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens (including the Australian Garden). Prior to filling out the application form please refer to our Guide to Filming/Photography in the Royal Botanic Gardens (PDF - 540 kB) and Terms and Conditions - including fee schedule (PDF 269 kB). Please fill out and email the completed application form (MS Word - 243 kB) and all supporting documentation to email@example.com.
- Wedding/Event photographers - Blakes Feast manages all wedding photography at the Melbourne Gardens. Please fill out and email the completed application form (PDF - 463 kB) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees apply.
For wedding photography at the Cranbourne Gardens, please contact Sorrento Catering Company directly on 0400 414 173.