01/11/2016 By Ben Southall, Winner of the ‘Best Job in the World’ and AdventureFree Brand Ambassador
We spoke to a few different tourism operators around Australia to gauge their reaction as there seem to be a few differing opinions. The best bet is to contact your tour operator a few days in advance so they can make a decision with their management team. Don’t turn up assuming you can use your drone!
Click here to see tours that allow you to use your drone! Be aware that operator conditions will apply!
“Absolutely! We love drones and the promotion of Australia’s beautiful Whitsunday Islands”.
“At this stage, Cruise Whitsundays does not allow drone operation while on our tours, unless by prior arrangement, considered on a case by case basis 30 days prior to travel”
“We certainly allow the careful use of drones to capture the beauty of the areas we visit on tour, it’s all good publicity to help promote our region”
“Unfortunately our customers can’t fly drones on the island and we’re classed as an airport and therefore subject to a 5.5km exclusion zone”
“‘No for unlicensed pilots - due to the scenic flights that fly in the area and land on the helicopter landing platform. Licensed pilots can fly, with permission from management. Pilots will need to work with our team to ensure no helicopters are in the vicinity during operation”
“We always say yes to people who want to bring them along on our tours. As long as they fly them safely it’s a great way to tell the story of what we offer at Whitsunday Catamarans and show off the beauty of the islands”
Adding a drone to your arsenal of film and photographic equipment is a must, when it comes to digital storytelling. Have you bought a drone to Australia and used it? Share your thoughts, stories and images below. Happy flying!
If you are a travel or drone blogger and are interested in collaborating with us - get in contact here.