Why film here

Here in the Hunter we pride ourselves on being regional Australia’s most accessible and film-friendly location. You need it? We can make it happen. With film-friendly councils, businesses, and residents, locations that can double for anywhere, and regional incentives, why film anywhere else?

VERSATILE LOCATIONS

VERSATILE LOCATIONS

Our unique and varied urban, rural, coastal, and industrial locations create a worldly experience, all in one region.

Streamlined Licences

Streamlined Licences

Unlike other film offices, Screen Hunter has delegated authority to issue filming licences right across the region, taking the hassle out of the licence process.

REGIONAL INCENTIVES

REGIONAL INCENTIVES

Create NSW offers a range of incentives to film productions in regional areas, including the Regional Filming Fund.
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ACCESSIBLE

ACCESSIBLE

The Hunter is just a short flight or drive north of Sydney. Drive from arid dessert dunes to sparkling coastal bays within 30 minutes. Our compact geography makes multi-locational shooting seamless.

LOCAL
COUNCILS

The Hunter region consists of ten local councils.

GETTING HERE AND AROUND

Travel

Flying

Newcastle Airport is the Hunter’s major regional airport, and is just a short 30-minute flight from Sydney. Direct flights to all major cities on the eastern seaboard are available daily.

Driving

Head north from Sydney on the M1 Pacific Motorway and admire the shores of Lake Macquarie as you enter the gateway to the Hunter region, arriving in Newcastle in under 2 hours.

The Hunter’s compact geography means you can reach any of our stunning and diverse locations in a matter of hours. Drive through farmland, forests and mountains to the coast, all within 3 hours of Sydney.

Climate

Temperature: the average temperature in summer (December-February) is 27.2oC (80F), and in the winter months (June-August) the temperature ranges from 4.4oC to 17.1oC (40F to 60F).

Timezones

The Hunter operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is equal to UTC +10 (from the first Sunday in April to the first Saturday in October). During the warmer months of the year (from the first Sunday in October to the first Saturday in April), we observe Australian Daylight-Saving Time (ADST), during which clocks are advanced one hour, equal to UTC +11.

Time differences between Australia, Asia, the US and Europe can be used to great advantage.

FILM LICENCE APPLICATIONS

We’re here to streamline the licencing process