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Filming & Photography

The Royal Botanic Garden provides some of the most diverse backdrops in the world for filming and photography projects as well as being the most film-friendly venues in Sydney.

We can accommodate large commercial projects, feature films, documentaries, fashion photography and portrait shoots. We offer the most iconic sites in Sydney, as well as manicured gardens, tropical garden backdrops and wide open spaces with the city skyline as the backdrop.

Our helpful and experienced staff are happy to advise you on the most suitable location, and will endeavour to make your shoot at the Garden as smooth as possible.

Key Information

For a detailed locations for Film and Photography, please visit Site Map.

Before you enquire about filming and photography in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, please read through the Conditions for Filming and Photography

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With a world-class view of Sydney Harbour and city skyline, this is one of the most recognisable backdrops in the world.
For a classic garden setting - lush green lawns, flower gardens, ponds, magnificent trees, an abundance of birds and Sydney Harbour as the backdrop.
This fully enclosed garden of large cacti, succulents and arid plants offers a mosaic of colours, shapes and textures.
This dense, tropical rainforest comes complete with resident bats. Suitable for fashion shoots or anyone looking for a wild jungle backdrop without leaving Sydney!
Located in the Domain, this pathway is lined with gigantic fig trees. It's beautiful in the morning fog or at any time of day and is surrounded by open sports fields with city backdrops.
Wild and cultivated plants from warm-temperate and sub-tropical areas of China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan and Bhutan thrive in an Oriental inspired, landscaped setting.
Pristine lawn area at water level, with breath-taking views of Sydney Harbour and Skyline.
Pristine lawn area at water level, with breath-taking views of Sydney Harbour and Skyline.
A lush profusion of roses amongst a heritage pavilion. In bloom from October until May, great for fashion shoots.
Large open green space with dramatic city skyline views.
Rate Card
FilmingDurationRate incl GST
Commerical Filming: Low Impact

Full Day

Half Day

$2,450

$1,350

Commercial Filming: High Impact

Full Day

Half Day

$3,600

$2,050

Educational, Non-Profit, Low Budget, < 10 crew:
Includes short documentaries etc

Full Day

Half Day

$1,250

$660

High-impact night time filming $2,450
Low-impact night time filming $2,050
PhotographyDurationRate
Commercial Stills: <10pax (min equip.camera & tripod only) Per hour$180
Commercial Stills: 10 - 20pax Per hour$240
Commercial Stills: > 20pax (equip. camera, lighting etc) Per hour$305
*Student Photography: Mon - Fri between sunrise and sunset Per hour$70
 
Broadcast DurationRate
High impact day permitN/A$5,950
High impact half-day permitN/A$3,60
ParkingTime of DayRate per hour, per space
Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road
Barricaded spaces or Pre Paid Permit only** 

8 am - 8 pm

8 pm - 8 am

24 Hour permit

$7

$3

$105

NOTE: Barricading parking must be pre-authorised by the Trust and is the company's responsibility (recommended from 6 am).

Miscellaneous Charges Rate
Filming Application Fee (non-refundable) $130
Photography Application Fee (non-refundable) $65
*Student Application Fee (non-refundable) $22.50
Filming Late Booking Fee


<24 hours notice

24-72 hours notice

100% 1st day hire

50% of 1st day hire

Photography Late Booking Fee

24-72 hours notice

$225

Bond $1,000

Ranger escort through Garden (vehicle access suppliers only). Fee per vehicle (inc. entry and exit). Max. 2 ranger escorts per booking

 $70
Static ranger, per hour (4 hour minimum) $50
Mobile ranger, per hour (4 hour minimum)  $60
Ranger, public holidays, per hour (4 hour minimum) $70

1. All fees are quoted GST inclusive
2. Full day permit is for 4-10 hours depending on opening hours of the Garden
3. Half day permit up to 4 hours depending on opening hours of the Garden
* Student fees only available upon presentation of valid student card in applicant's name
**Please note parking permits issue by the Trust do not ensure parking is available at a preferred location

To arrange a site inspection or obtain a comprehensive quote, please contact the Venue Management Office.

Filming & Photography Coordinator
Ph: 02 9231 8111
Email: events@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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