The Gold Coast is a unique city offering many varying cityscapes and landscapes that suit and accommodate small to large productions.
From TV series to Hollywood blockbusters, the Gold Coast has hosted them all! Below is an overview of the uniqueness that the city has to offer.
The Gold Coast has a diverse range of natural landscapes, which can suit an array of filming production and film concepts. From the hinterland/country locations to the beaches and subtropical rainforests, to the canefields and swamp lands.
Notable locations to scout for your productions include the Coombabah Swamp/Wetlands, the rainforest areas of Mount Tamborine, the waterfalls of Purling Brook Falls, the unique countrysides of Tallebudgera Creek Road.
There’s no question about the beaches of the Gold Coast, they are world class offering golden sands and crystal clear blue ocean water.
Popular beaches for film productions include Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, Kirra Beach, Currumbin, Snapper Rocks, The Spit, Surfers Paradise and Tallebudgera.
Most beaches are controlled by the City of the Gold Coast, so accessing for filming and applying for permits will be required.
The travel time from the beaches to studios range from 30-45 minutes, you’ll be able to move from location-to-location with easy access to the main motorway, the M1.
From the beaches to the city, the Gold Coast offers varying cityscapes that would appeal to many film-makers. The heart of the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise and is located on the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean, making it a popular tourist attraction with a buzzing nightlife.
There are other landscapes within the Gold Coast that offer a different setting the typical city-scape, with buildings of European architectural influence, English Pubs, urban streets and back-alleys, hip cafes and retail shopping centres, as well as marine precincts.
Bond University is a privately owned university located in Varsity Lakes, 35 minutes from studios on the Gold Coast. Film productions like San Andreas, Scooby Doo, and the Australian TV series Lunatics.
Another popular filming location is Somerset College, located just 15 minutes from film studios, which offers a great setting for school environments and college themes. Local productions that were shot at Somerset College include H20: Just Add Water and Mako Mermaids.
The Gold Coast offers world-class studios for varying sizes of productions. Village Roadshow Studios have world-class facilities comprising of nine sound stages (with the largest being 14,564m2), three water tanks and professional services to ensure you’ve got everything you need to get your production up and running.
Located 5 minutes from Village Roadshow Studios is Pinnacle Films; a newly established film studio which consists of 3 sound stages, which are 753ms, 1640m2, and 1548m2.
Pinnacle Films offers facilities to ensure you have everything you need for your film production on hand. From office spaces, access to wholesale electrical equipment on-site (via Tradezone), café and catering. Also located on-site are the offices of Pinnacle Films Distribution that offer distribution solutions for Australian and International productions.
There’s no doubt the Gold Coast offers many interesting and varying spaces for filming productions. Further incentive to film on the Gold Coast includes the Film Incentive Program that is offered by the city as well. Production companies can take advantage of this program in addition to other incentives that are offered through Federal and State Governments. For more information on the Gold Coast Film Incentive Program, click here.
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