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I have worked in small towns and big cities around the world, and this easily rates as the best experience we have ever had” – Brett Popperwell, Producer Salem’s Lot (Creswick)

Ned Kelly Clunes

Ned Kelly film shoot – Clunes

Hepburn Shire has long been recognised as a film-friendly region and a  premier film destination in regional Victoria.  With a wealth of experience in hosting both big and small production, and a dedicated film liaison officer, the Hepburn Shire Council is proud of its profile as a desirable production destination.

Hepburn Shire is a prominent regional centre located in the Australian state of Victoria, approximately 110 km (and just 90 minutes drive) north east of the state capital, Melbourne. Hepburn Shire has a population of approximately 15,000 and is home to a number of key local industries. Hepburn Shire offers diverse and accessible locations, infrastructure and services and a coordinated film-friendly and proactive approach to facilitating productions in the region.

The appeal of Hepburn Shire is its varied landscapes and heritage locations, and their ability to double for a number of iconic settings from around the world. Native American woodlands, wide dirt roads that cut through harsh Australian bush, rolling lush green hills and quaint village streetscapes make Hepburn Shire the ideal setting for any film, television or photographic project.

The Shires main town Centres include; Daylesford/Hepburn Springs, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham. Hepburn Shire’s geography is varied and the region is renowned for its natural beauty and mineral springs reserves. Our region contains over 80 per cent of Australia’s mineral springs centered mainly in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The Shire’s other townships also have their own share of history and natural features. Trentham is home to Australia’s highest single drop water fall, Creswick has carved out a name for itself as the home of forestry, and Clunes was the first registered gold strike town in Victoria which is still reflected in the streetscape today.

Our Film History

  • Mad Max
    Actor, Rob Lowe, on-set Salems Lot - Creswick

    Actor Rob Lowe on-set Salems Lot – Creswick

  • Ned Kelly
  • Love’s Brother
  • Salems Lot
  • Ponderosa
  • Saddle Club
  • Jerry Can (Canne Jury Prize and AFI Award winning Shortfilm)
  • Tomorrow When the War Began
  • The Leftovers
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Various TVC’s including Anz Bank, Drumstick, Honda, and White pages

Filming Permits

All commercial filming activities are required to apply for a permit for the use of a public space.  This ensures the activity is in accordance with the regulations of this Council.

Actor Giovanni Ribisi gets behind the camera on-set at Love's Brother, Hepburn Springs

Actor Giovanni Ribisi gets behind the camera on-set at Love’s Brother, Hepburn Springs

To apply for a film permit, you need to complete an application form (see below) and return it to Councils Film Liaison Officer, together with proof of Public Liability Insurance.

Our film liaison officer will respond to your application within five business days of receiving it.  Please note that if we need to make complex arrangements for your filming activity, it may take more than 5 days to issue a permit.





Council Contact:

Bridgette O’Brien

Film Liaison Officer

Ph: (03) 5321 6439





To apply to film in Hepburn Shire, please complete the following online form:

Filming Permit Application Form

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