Filming in Moorabool

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A stunning filming location

Moorabool Shire is stunning. It comprises 64 localities, hamlets and towns. More than 74% of the Shire consists of water catchments, state forests and national parks. Boasting breathtaking landscapes, and national parks, it is hugely popular for commercial filming.


Commercial filming opportunities

Commercial filming opportunities include:

  • Television
  • Feature films 
  • Advertising 
  • Television commercials
  • Documentaries  
  • Music videos.


Applying for a filming permit

Apply for a Filming Permit Online

To ensure greater access to our wonderful locations we provide a “no fees policy” for film permit processing.

We will respond to your application within five business days of receiving it.

Please note that if we need to make complex arrangements for your filming activity it may take us more than five days to issue a permit.

Unless existing fees apply to exclusive use of a particular area (e.g. parks, gardens), the “no fees policy” will apply to Council-owned land or property. However, any associated costs to assist in the organisation of filming will be passed on to the applicant.

For example:

  • Staff costs - supervision, event coordination
  • Expenses associated with advertising, traffic control, and road closures 
  • And any other costs that may be as a result of the filming

You may need a bond for filming activity in buildings or around property owned by Council. This is refundable and will act as a security deposit to be paid to Moorabool Shire Council subject to the conditions of the “Film Permit”. A bond may be applied based on an assessment of risk to Council property and to ensure that the production company follows the “Guidelines for Filming and Stills Photography” and the “Location Agreement”.

If required, the bond is agreed before filming begins and returned within 14 days of its conclusion, subject to any claim for damages.

Other fees that may apply include requests for reserved on-street parking. All vehicles must be parked in accordance with a parking plan agreed to by Council at the time of application (refer to ‘Fees to Other Departments’ and ‘Traffic and Pedestrian Management Plans’).


Key attractions

Some of the Shire's key attractions include:

  • Wombat State Forest
  • Brisbane Ranges National Park
  • Lerderderg State Park
  • Werribee Gorge State Park
  • Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour

Some areas in Moorabool Shire are managed by Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. In this instance, the film permit application must be made through these organisations rather than Council.

Those planning commercial filming activities are required to apply for a permit for the use of a public space. This ensures the activity is in accordance with the regulations of Council. A list of our general terms and conditions is attached below.


Our film history

  • BBC One’s The Cry TV Series (2018) – Parwan

  • Ghost Rider (2007) – Bacchus Marsh

  • Charlotte’s Web (2006) – Greendale



If you have any questions regarding filming in Moorabool, please contact Council's Economic Development Officer on (03) 5366 7100 or 


For further information

Moorabool Shire Council Guidelines for Filming and Still Photography 
Moorabool Shire Film Policy
Film Victoria
Victoria’s Film Friendly Guidelines
Film Act 2001

Last Updated:

Friday, 8 July, 2016 - 14:25