Filming & Photography
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is a unique environment that offers world-class venues for your filming or photography against the panoramic back drop of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Over 21,000 plants and 900 species which have been collected from around the world are displayed according to geographic origin. The filming and photography fees contribute to its upkeep and to Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust horticultural, scientific and educational programs. All Filming & Photography applications must accept and abide by the terms and conditions set by the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do I have to purchase a photography permit?
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is part of the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust. Over 21,000 plants which have been collected from around the world over time are housed here and displayed according to geographic origin. A team of over 30 staff work tirelessly to cultivate and maintain the Garden and all of the facilities available to visitors free of charge. All of the work that goes into the spectacular landscaped gardens which are set against the panoramic back drop of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that provide spectacular photographic opportunities, comes at a cost. In order to be able to continue to provide access to the Gardens free of charge, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust has set a fees list for certain activities on its lands. These include, but are not limited to, venue hire, photography and filming permits for wedding photography and photos for commercial use, accommodation fees and the like.
Why is there a scale of fees and not just a flat rate?
The scale of fees is based on the impact of use. For example, wedding photography often involves a larger number of visitors visiting multiple locations within the Garden, spending more time here and using more facilities (restrooms, car parks, etc) than a family portraiture booking uses. This results in more impact on the Garden and facilities requiring a higher fee to offset the impact.
Can I photograph or film outside of Garden opening hours?
Yes. Prior arragement is required and a fee is applicable to engage a ranger to protect the security of the Garden after hours.
What if the weather turns sour on the day of my booking?
No refunds will be given in the event of inclement weather. However, you may elect to postpone your your booking to a later date subject to availability at no additional cost.
For more information contact the Functions & Events Coordinator on 02 4567 3000 or email