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Filming and photography at South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands is one Brisbane’s most popular destinations for filming and photography. It’s also an incredibly busy precinct – to ensure a harmonious mix of visitors, events, filming and photography at all times, all those looking to film or take photos onsite must receive prior approval.

Please note: commercial and non-commercial filming and photography activity has been temporarily suspended at South Bank Parklands due to COVID-19.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your assistance as we work to prioritise community health and safety in the current climate. 

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected]

If you wish to conduct a photo or film shoot in the South Bank Parklands, please complete the below application form unless the photo or film shoot is for a news outlet or wedding photography. News outlets should contact South Bank's Communications Executive, Kate Sloan on [email protected] or 0422 007 379. Those looking for wedding photography should contact South Bank's Visitor Information and Booking Centre on [email protected] or 07 3156 6366.

Essential information

Please note: as mentioned above, commercial and non-commercial filming and photography activity has been temporarily suspended at South Bank Parklands due to COVID-19. 

Timeframes, terms and guidelines

Please allow a minimum of 5 working days for your application to be processed. Please also make sure that you have read South Bank Parklands filming and photography commercial or non-commercial terms and conditions depending on the nature of your shoot.


If your shoot is of a commercial nature (e.g. printed promotions, advertising material or non-news programming), a location fee of $220 + GST is payable, once you receive approval. These funds go back into the ongoing maintenance and landscaping of the South Bank Parklands and allow us to keep our locations beautiful all year round. Please note that any extra costs (such as power or venue staff) may incur further fees, if you would like to utilise these facilities, please include this request in the description box on the application form.


Drone photography and filming in South Bank Parklands will only be approved for Civil Aviation Safety Authority licensed operators. When completing the application form, please include in the description box on the application form, your request for the use of drones. Further documentation will be required as part of the approval process. After submitting your application, someone from Brisbane Marketing will be in contact with you to request this further documentation.

Blackout periods

Please note that due to crowd numbers, shoots may not be approved during public holidays, school holidays, or major events in the Parklands. It is recommended that wherever possible, you schedule your shoot outside of these times. For more information on events occurring in the Parklands, please visit the Visit Brisbane website.


If you are looking to host a large scale event at the Parklands, or close off a public area for your exclusive use, you must contact the Events Team on 07 3156 6300. Please note that fees will apply in these cases.

For further information

Please contact us at [email protected] or on 07 3029 1748.

Application form