Drones, filming and photography


Under the Forestry Regulations 2013, it is an offence to fly a drone or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in a forest reserve without authority or a permit.

Our forests are popular places – in the interest of visitor safety, drones must not be flown within 30m of people, or above campgrounds and accommodation facilities.

To protect wildlife, drones are not permitted in Native Forest Reserves.

ForestrySA staff and contractors use drones, helicopters and other aircraft for forestry and operations including surveillance, and aerial herbicide and fertiliser application.

Unidentified and unauthorised drones pose an unacceptable risk and possible catastrophic consequences, particularly to manned aircraft in the sky.

Whether for personal or commercial purposes you must have approval and a permit to fly a drone or any other remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in ForestrySA forests.

Please contact us to organise your permit.


Further information for drone owners is available on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) website.

Filming and photography

All film making requires an Event Application a minimum 4 weeks prior to your event date. Click here to lodge your application.

All commercial photography simply requires a Group Activity Registration as soon as possible prior to your session date. Click here to register your activity.

A permit is required before undertaking commercial filming or photography. Filming or photography is defined as “commercial” when the intent is to promote a product or service and/or achieve financial gain from the filming or photography.

A separate permit is required for filming or photography using a drone or RPA, whether for personal or commercial purposes. Refer to our Drone use Guidelines and information above. 

Filming and photography for personal use is welcome free of charge and no permit is required. We would love to see your images and film, so don’t forget to tag #forestrysa when you share them online!



The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.

For fire ban information phone 1300 362 361 or visit the CFS website. Being aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land and Forest Reserves between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).