Film and Creative Industries
Cultivating start-up businesses and the local creative industry is crucial to Townsville's economic growth. Council supports and facilitates a number of initiatives that aid the creative industries and start up businesses operating in Townsville.
Film and Television
Townsville City Council is a Film Friendly council. We offer the screen industry a variety of assistance as well as a streamlined application process. Find out more about the growing opportunities offered in the Townsville Film Industry by downloading the Townsville North Queensland Report on Film Industry Opportunities.
Film Locations Gallery
Our Film Locations Gallery showcases information and photographs of locations from all over the region.
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If you are interested in having your property/venue considered as a location for filming and want to be included in the North Queensland Film Locations Gallery, please register your location by using Screen Queensland’s Location Submission form, available on their website.
Crew & Facilities directory registration
If you want to be a part of a film crew or participate in productions of a movie, please register as a Crew Member or Industry Vendor using Screen Queensland’s Crew & Facilities directory registration page.
Commercial Filming Permits
Townsville has a variety of locations to suit virtually any production. Located within an hour’s drive from the city centre is the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, monsoonal rainforest, mountain ranges, wetlands, red outback, agricultural lands, colonial/heritage buildings, and modern-day streetscapes. Additional landscapes such as moonscapes, prehistoric jungle, swamp lands and rock quarries are located within a 2–3-hour drive radius. Our infrastructure and diverse locations can double for cities as diverse as Los Angeles, Rio De Janeiro, Honolulu and beyond.
Townsville City Council's free permit application process is designed to facilitate and promote commercial filming activity. Please read through the application form prior to submitting, as your application may require supporting documentation such as traffic control permits, public liability insurance policy and CASA certification.
- Filming on private land: filming on privately owned land is at the discretion of the land owner.
- Filming on state and federal government land and roads: the appropriate permits need to be sourced from the relevant state and federal government authorities.
Students, not-for-profit organisations and community groups
- If you are a student, not-for-profit organisation or community group, you are not required to apply for a commercial film permit, but you are required to source permission by contacting CommercialPermits@townsville.qld.gov.au and providing details of filming including locations, dates, times and type of filming to be conducted.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss your application with a staff member please contact 13 48 10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Film Locations Guide
Discover our regional film locations through the high quality photos in the Townsville North Queensland Film Locations Guide below, or download the guide as a PDF.
Film Locations Guide in other languages (中文, 日本語,한국어)
The Australian Government recognises that a competitive creative industries sector is vital to Australia's prosperity - that a creative nation is a productive nation. The government's long history of support for arts and culture has enabled many artistic and cultural communities to prosper. Both State and local government agencies are working hard to sustain creative businesses and talent. Growing the creative industries in Townsville is a two-year collaboration between Townsville City Council, James Cook University, and Creative Industry members.
The video below showcases key locations and creative projects across the region, as part of the Screen Locations Guide launched in 2016. We want to thank Lior Cohen from Visual Reflection and his team for creating the video. It is a great example of local talent at work.
Creative Industry Cluster
Townsville Creative Industries is a group of volunteer creative professionals established to drive industry growth and implement key recommendations in the "Growing the Creative Industries in Townsville" report. With support of the Regional Arts Development Fund the Creative Industries Cluster have produced a video and website which aim to raise the profile of the local creative industries.
Regional support for start-ups
Smart Precinct NQ (SPNQ) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Townsville region in an effort to boost the local economy. SPNQ are passionate about creating and attracting high-growth companies, and work with a wide range of stakeholders to assist us with our mission.
SPNQ work with:
- Startups and Entrepreneurs – SPNQ provide connections, education, mentoring, resources, funding support and education to founders looking to scale globally.
- Youth Entrepreneurs – SPNQ source best practice programs for students and educators in an effort to create pathways in entrepreneurship and the future-of-work.
- Industry – By working with industry SPNQ assist in uncovering major challenges and in finding viable innovative solutions.
Business and Investors – SPNQ are focused on bringing business, talent and investment to North Queensland.
Townsville Business Development Centre (TBDC) helps develop business in Townsville and throughout North Queensland. The centre is a not-for-profit organisation that provides advice and assistance to small and medium-sized businesses. Services TBDC offers include:
- Low cost advisory services for new or existing businesses
- Business incubation
- Workshops and seminars
- Conference and training room facilities
- Networking for home-based businesses
- On-going coaching and mentoring support.
With networks reaching around the globe, Innovation North Queensland's location in a vibrant, mixed use precinct, offers potential for growth in tech, creative, education, sustainable development and more. It is both an institution and a culture of practice, that drives innovation through collaboration. Innovation North Queensland offers:
- An industrial-style physical space work with in
- A welcoming and well-connected community to work with
- Programs and events designed to inspire, connect and grow
- A regional tropical lifestyle in which to build your concept, start-up or program.