Filming in Moorabool

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A stunning Shire spanning more than 2,110 square kilometres, Moorabool is made up of 64 localities, hamlets and towns. More than 74% of the Shire comprises of water catchments, state forests and national parks.  Moorabool boasts breathtaking landscapes, national parks, forests, gorges, mineral springs and tourism attractions. Some of its key attractions include the Wombat State Forest, Brisbane Ranges National Park, Lerderderg State Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour. Please note some areas in Moorabool Shire are managed by Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. If the area is managed by one of these organisations, the film permit application must be done through these organisations rather than Council. 

The information on this page relates to commercial filming; including television, feature films, advertising and television commercials, documentaries and music videos.

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

Filming Permits

To apply for a permit, please complete the online application form. Council wishes to ensure greater access to its locations and encourage filming activity by providing 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.

Apply for a Filming Permit Online

Unless existing fees apply to exclusive use of a particular area (e.g. parks, gardens), the “no fees policy” will apply to filming activity that occurs on Council-owned land or property. However, costs to Council in providing supervisory personnel (if required), event coordination, expenses associated with advertising, traffic control, road closures and any other costs incurred in the facilitation of the application will be borne by the applicant.

A bond may be required for filming activity in buildings and on or around property owned by Council. A bond 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, or adverse impact on Council property and to ensure that the production company follows the “Guidelines for Filming and Stills Photography” and the “Location Agreement”. The bond (if applicable) will be negotiated before filming begins and will be 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’).


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


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