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Flying in public spaces
Drones can be fun and exciting, and give us the opportunity to record a 'birds-eye-view' of the world.
To make sure you're flying safely while capturing footage, it's important you consider the environment around you – before you take off.
Events and crowds
Although it's tempting to score some great footage of the fireworks, footy grand final or that famous rock star concert – flying near crowds and organised public events is not allowed.
You can't fly over people at any time – no matter how high you fly above them.
You must not fly where, if your drone should fail and fall, it could harm people or property.
Officials often police events to ensure public safety, and breaking the rules could land you in trouble. Choose wisely and leave your drone at home – live in the moment and enjoy these events live.
We all share the same skies.
At any time, there could be birds, aeroplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons, and drones all sharing the same airspace.
Air traffic controllers work hard to keep track of all flying aircraft. They monitor aircraft movements to help prevent collisions or accidents.
Unless you are licenced or have permission to do so, the drone safety rules state that you must not fly:
- too close to airports or aerodromes
- higher than 120 m (400 ft) above ground level – that's about the height of a 35-storey building or length of a football field.
Iconic buildings and structures – such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge – are often located within restricted airspace, making them no-fly areas.
You can easily find out where you're safe to fly by using a drone safety app.
Did you know there over 600 national parks in Australia, covering over 28 million hectares of land? That's about 10 times the size of Tasmania.
Although our stunning landscapes provide beautiful scenic photography opportunities, many states and territories have banned using drones in national parkland.
Before you fly, you must check the local state or territory laws about flying in national parks.
- New South Wales (NSW)
- Victoria (VIC)
- Tasmania (TAS)
- South Australia (SA)
- Western Australia (WA)
- Northern Territory (NT)
- Queensland (QLD)
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – you can fly in all ACT national parkland, as long as you follow the drone safety rules.
Marine and wildlife
To protect our amazing wildlife, some states and territories have environmental laws you must follow when you fly.
The NSW government for example, states you must not fly within 300 m of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. If you break these rules and fly too close, you could be fined up to $110,000.
Birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and falcons are not drone fans. If you fly too close, your drone could become their next target – just like this one.
So before taking off, check your local laws and make sure you're doing the right thing.
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