These tours allow the use of personal drones to take amazing photos and video! *Operator conditions apply*
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.
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!
*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.
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.
When flying on a plane, carry your spare batteries in a LiPo fire-protective pouch to avoid any chance of torching the plane. It’s better for everyone onboard.
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
Read our articles about drones use in Australia:
Check out our Blog for the most up to date information regarding flying your drone in Australia:
We are always adding to our permitted list, check back regularly as more tours embrace dronies!