From bright pink lakes and flame-red rocks, to white sand beaches and turquoise waters, nowhere does stunning coastal landscapes quite like Australia – and nothing does amazing landscape and travel photography quite like a drone.

There are endless opportunities around Australia to shoot incredible drone photos and video footage – all while enjoying the natural beauty of this amazing land down under.

To give you some inspiration, and help you pick your next drone filming adventure, the team at Ted’s Cameras have put together the 5 of the best places in Australia for coastal drone shots, plus a roundup of the best drones on the market for cinematic drone videos – and don’t worry, all these places are drone regulation friendly.

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Drone regulations in Australia

While it’s easy to get caught up in finding the most impressive landscapes in the country, it’s important you choose a place where drone flying is actually permitted. The best thing to do is check the Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules and regulations. CASA has created a great app, Can I Fly There?, which will help you identify where you can and can’t fly your drone around the country.

The CASA app doesn’t cover all drone restrictions in Australia, so you’ll also need to check state-specific laws on flying drones in national parks and near wildlife.

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If you’re flying for commercial purposes, and intend to make a profit from your drone footage, you will also need to notify CASA before flying, plus get an aviation reference number.

Drone privacy considerations

You should also be mindful and respectful of other people’s privacy and comfort while flying your drone. Most states have privacy and trespass laws that you should familiarise yourself with, as doing things like photographing people without their permission, or flying over private property, may land you in legal trouble. And of course, your drone courtesy shouldn’t just stop with people – it’s very important to give the local wildlife some space too!

Whitsunday Island Reef, Queensland

The Whitsundays are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Australia. From the pristine white sand to the bright turquoise waters, this tropical paradise is a drone photographer’s dream. Even better – there’s a drone-friendly area on part of the island! Queensland has the most relaxed drone laws of any state, so you’ll be free to shoot a variety of stunning reef shots around the state.

The famous swirling sands of Whitehaven Beach are especially perfect for some stunning coastal footage and landscape photography – just stick to the far southern or northern ends of the beach to avoid the scenic flights, helicopters and sea planes operating in the area.

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Which drone should you take?

This drone is a great, budget-friendly choice for beginners. Discover the joy of drone flying with a simple user-friendly design, plus an easy to use control via smartphone app. With auto takeoff and landing and a short 13-min flight time, this is perfect for an afternoon trip to the beach to practice your coastal filming skills.

Ted’s Pick: DJI Mavic 2 Pro

With exceptional video quality thanks to 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro offers uncompromising performance in a portable package. With travel-friendly folding design, and long 31-min flight time, and 4K Video, you’ll be shooting spectacular coastal footage with ease.

Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia

Sometimes bright bubblegum pink, lilac, or even red, the salt lake waters of Hutt Lagoon are an extraordinary sight. The contrast of the vivid pink Lagoon, running into the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, makes this a truly unique place to film some stunning drone footage. The vibrant pink color of the lakes is caused by a combination of red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment.

You’ll find the Lagoon at its brightest when the sky is clear and the sun is high – so visiting between 10am and 2pm is usually the best time to capture the most impressive shades. Try and go on a cloudless day, as heavy cloud coverage can sometimes make the candy-coloured waters look a little paler than usual.

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Which drone should you take?

Ted’s Pick: DJI Mavic Air

Boasting a nifty folding design and incredibly small size – even when in use – this is the perfect drone for quick, agile landscape shots. As the smallest DJI drone with 3-axis gimbal, this drone offers a fast top speed of 68.4KM/h with a 21-min max flight time.

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

The Bay of Fires stretches over 50 kilometres Tasmania’s east coast, from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. This incredible landscape is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Australia, and without a doubt a perfect place to shoot with your drone.

Film for miles along white sandy beaches, and capture the stunning contrast of the Bay’s bright red granite boulders sitting against the brilliantly clear ocean waters.

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Which drone should you take?

Ted’s Pick: DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

With a versatile zoom lens, 4K Video and long 31-min flight time, you’ll be set to film the Bay of Fires for miles without a worry – plus its folding design makes it perfect for camping, hikes and on-the-go filming around Tassie.

Brighton Beach, Victoria

This is the only place in Melbourne that allows drones – but luckily, it’s wonderfully photogenic. With stunning blue waters, sweeping coastal views and famous multi-coloured bathing boxes dotting the golden sand, you’ll be sure to capture some colourful footage. Even better, this is an easy trip from Melbourne CBD, making it a perfect choice for a Sunday drone session.

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Which drone should you take?

Ted’s Pick: DJI Tello

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

With iconic rock formations, stunning beach sunsets, and captivating underground caves, Kangaroo Island has plenty to keep you and your drone busy – and we haven’t even mentioned the wildlife!

Kangaroo Island is home to koalas, kangaroos, seals, dolphins, and amazing birdlife – guaranteed to bring a unique touch to your drone footage, as long as you keep a safe distance.

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Which drone should you take?

Ted’s Pick: DJI Spark

A perfect drone for intermediate users, the DJI Spark comes in a compact, travel-friendly size that should help you give Kangaroo Island’s precious wildlife some privacy, while still capturing the beauty of your surroundings. With a 16min flight time, hand gesture controls, 2-axis gimbals, and incredible image quality, you’ll be set to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired on your coastal adventure.

Take your travel photography to new heights

Drones are becoming more nimble, more advanced, and more intuitive every day – so whatever your next adventure, there’ll be a perfect drone to suit your needs. If you need help with choosing the best drone for you, check out Ted’s Cameras’ Ultimate Drone Buying Guide or get in touch with the expert team at Ted’s Cameras today for more handy tips.

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