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Filming and photography

From former defence sites and coastal bushland through to historic industrial, maritime and convict precincts, our network of places on Sydney Harbour represent an opportunity to undertake filming and photography against a unique backdrop.

The Harbour Trust offers ultra-low, low-impact and student filming and photography permits to shoot on Harbour Trust land. Our land is also available for wedding photography, media shoots, and medium to high impact filming and photography, including feature films, TV series, commercial and fashion shoots.

Note: With the exception of wedding shoots, visitors do not require permission to photograph or film their visit for personal use. Filming and photography for any other reason (e.g. wedding and commercial shoots) requires a permit.

COVID-19 update

Currently, the Harbour Trust is only accepting event bookings that comply with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 public health orders. Commercial activities as well as low impact filming and photography MAY be permitted at our sites.

How to apply

To apply for a filming and photography permit, complete the relevant application or enquiry form from the following selection:


Filming and photography type Rate (incl. GST)
Ultra-low impact (10 hours, between 5am and 10pm) $385
Low impact (10 hours, between 5am and 10pm) $935
High impact (10 hours) — price on assessment $4400
High impact — additional hourly rate $440
Install/dressing days $2200
Wedding photography only $275


Additional expenses Rate (incl. GST)
Harbour Trust staff (out-of-hours)* $110 per hour
Harbour Trust cleaning services (Minimum three hour call out)

Monday to Friday: $53.63 per hour
Saturday: $69.73 per hour
Sunday: $92.98 per hour

Public holidays: $116.23 per hour

Harbour Trust Security services (Minimum four hour call out) Non-public holiday period: $48.06 per hour
Public holiday period: $72.19 per hour


*Outside of business hours (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday), attendance by Harbour Trust staff is required to mitigate a) damage to Harbour Trust property, b) threats to public safety, c) unreasonable disturbance to neighbouring properties and d) access to licenced areas arising from the hirer’s use.