We are making it easier for you to find which organised tours will allow you take your drone. We will show you which ones are OK and which ones have some conditions, and we will let you know how to apply for permission.
Looking to use your drone on another type of tours such as the Fraser Island or the Outback? Browse our tours by clicking on the links below:
- Outback tours where you can bring your drone
- Fraser Island tours where you can bring your drone
- Extreme / Adventure tours where you can bring your drone
You will also see a drone icon appear on these tours as you search our website
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!
See tours that allow you to use your drone! Be aware that operator conditions will apply!
“Bring your drone!”
Ocean Rafting, Airlie Beach
“Absolutely! We love drones and the promotion of Australia’s beautiful Whitsunday Islands”.
Cruise Whitsundays, Airlie Beach
“On our outer Great Barrier Reef tour it is not possible due to the helicopter platform, however on other tours guests just need to comply with CASA regulations.”
Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef
“Customers wishing to fly their drones may be able to, they just need to submit an application prior to their trip.”
Reef Magic, Cairns
“‘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.”
Whitsunday Sailing Adventures, Airlie Beach
“Most of our boats allow them - just ask if yours does. As long as people fly them safely it’s a great way to tell the story of what we offer and to show off the beauty of the islands”
“Drones not permitted (yet)”
Lady Musgrave Experience, Bundaberg
“We do not allow guests to bring their drones at this stage.”
Passions of Paradise, Cairns
“Currently guests are unable to bring their drones on our tour.”
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- Visit the CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) to learn about all the rules: https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia
- You’ll probably fly on a plane while you’re in the country and CASA regulations state that all batteries must be in your carry-on luggage not checked in. Batteries for most consumer drones are rated below 100Wh (DJI Phantom 4 runs at 81Wh) but if it’s over, you need to inform the airline before flying.
- Australia basks in glorious sunshine most of the year, which means extra-ordinary levels of glare that will affect the quality of your video. Do yourself a favour and buy a selection of ND filters to help reduce it.
- Don’t chase koalas up trees, kangaroos across paddocks or wombats down their burrow – Australia’s wildlife is unique and needs looking after. Take photos and video with your camera from the ground instead.
- We recommend travellers download the free Civil Aviation Safety Authority app “Can I fly there” to learn about the rules for flying drones in Australia and to review the rules around the areas where you wish to fly. You can download the free app via Itunes, GooglePlay or visit the website: https://www.casa.gov.au/droneapp
* Drone rules are evolving, and we will update from time to time. This article is for information purposes only and please satisfy yourself of the rules before you fly. This article may not be relied upon as approval to fly.
Check out our Blog for the most up to date information regarding flying your drone in Australia:
- Part 1. Can I fly my drone in Australia?
- Part 2. Can I fly my drone over Australia’s famous landmarks?
- Part 3. Can I fly my drone in Australia’s National Parks?
We are always adding to our permitted list, check back regularly as more tours embrace dronies!