Quick Facts

About the Northern Rivers Region – NSW, Australia

Screenworks services the Northern Rivers region of NSW; an area of 20,895 km² that encompasses seven local government areas – Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed. Situated on the far north coast of NSW, the region extends south from the Queensland border to the Clarence Valley, and inland from the Pacific to the Great Dividing Range.

The region is serviced by 5 airports including the Gold Coast International Airport, is close to the Gold Coast Studios and has the accommodation and associated services that make it ideal for both inbound and local productions.

A blend of old and new, the Northern Rivers is where the world’s largest expanse of subtropical rainforest meets mountains forged from ancient volcanoes, overlooking 300 kilometres of spectacular coastline. It is renowned for its beautiful beaches, rainforests, major river systems – the Clarence, the Richmond and the Tweed – and World Heritage listed National Parks.

Ideal filming locations include both the natural and built environments, from quaint villages to historic regional cities and contemporary coastal mansions;  from subtropical forests, mountains and waterfalls to flat arid plains and lush green farm lands.

Northern Rivers Map

Major Cities / Towns

  • Grafton
  • Casino
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Kyogle
  • Byron Bay
  • Murwillumbah
  • Tweed Heads


The region lies within a subtropical zone on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Temperatures are generally mild all year round. Mean minimum and maximum temperatures range from 13.2 and 25.5 degrees Celsius. Mean annual rainfall is 120mm and mean number of clear days is 109. (source: www.bom.gov.au)

Time Zone
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Local Council Areas

Tweed Shire

The green coast meets the Gold Coast. Natural environment where tropic temperate zones overlap; accessible lakes, creeks and rivers; unspoiled surf beaches south to Byron Bay. Rural valley surrounded by volcanic ranges containing three World Heritage parks. Shares a major regional airport with the adjacent Gold Coast. Only 40 minutes to Movie World; 75 minutes to Brisbane. All accommodation, transport, services. Modern urban areas, historic villages, heritage and scenic landscapes. Experienced with requirements of film and television productions.


Byron Shire

The Byron Shire is a wonderful location, with coastal and hinterland diversity. Locations include villages and hamlets, pristine beaches and estuaries, rivers, sub-tropical rainforest, agricultural farms producing coffee, macadamia nuts, blueberries, bananas and many other products. The Shire features a ridge-line approximately 2 – 5kms from the beach which provides an amazing backdrop of spectacular views over the coast. The Shire is also the centre of an area where there are many interesting locations as filming alternatives including tourist attractions, farming communities, coastal townships and lush countryside views.


Ballina Shire

Located in the Northern Rivers region on the far north coast with lush tropical rainforests, 32kms of pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear waterways, endless streams, lakes and estuaries, waterfalls and the vast reaches of the Richmond River, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland is truly a natural wonder. There are a number of breathtaking headland lookouts and coastal walkways that have been used in a variety of filming productions and there is easy access to Seven Mile Beach and South Ballina Beach to capture the perfect beach shot. Away from the coast our hinterland is dotted with charming historical villages, lush rolling hills, rainforests and majestic valleys surrounded by farmland reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside. One hour drive south of the Gold Coast, two hour drive south of Brisbane. Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport has daily flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle.



Lismore is heart of the colourful Northern Rivers region, which is known for its diverse community and outstanding natural beauty. The city is located within rich farmland and is flanked by beautiful beaches and ancient rainforests. It is just 45 minutes from the world-famous holiday destination Byron Bay, 30 minutes from the world-famous alternative lifestyle capital Nimbin and a two-and-a-half hour drive from Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane. Lismore is home to a diverse range of people from all walks of life and has a character that is vibrant and individual. The region is more broadly known as the Rainbow Region in honour of its diversity.


Kyogle Shire

Kyogle Council local government area (LGA) has an area of approximately 3590 sq.km of exceptional natural beauty characterised by fertile agricultural valleys surrounded by forested hills and mountain ranges. It encompasses 3 World Heritage areas broken up into consisting of 10 World Heritage sites found in 5 National Parks (Border Ranges, Mallanganee, Toonumbar, Richmond Range and Yabbra National Parks) and 12 State Forests. The land is the traditional lands of the Bundjalung and Githabul peoples. Significant peaks include Mount Lindesay (approx. 1135 metres in height), Bar Mountain, Haystack Mountain and Edinburgh Castle. The Clarence and Richmond Rivers begin in and flow through the LGA; the upper Clarence River includes very rugged gorge country and World War 2 tank traps. Villages within the LGA include: Kyogle- Situated at the foot of Fairymount on the banks of the Richmond River with a population of approximately 3000 features a largely intact art deco streetscape. Mallanganee- small village with heritage buildings and streetscape. Woodenbong & Bonalbo- Two traditional rural villages. Tabulam- Oldest town of north NSW situated at the crossing of the Clarence River. Heritage buildings, longest de Burgh truss bridge in Australia (Bruxner Highway bridge).


Richmond Valley

The Richmond Valley region is very diverse, extending from the Pacific Ocean at Evans Head through to the World Heritage Listed National Parks of the Border and Richmond Ranges.  Generally though it consists of rural and agricultural scenery nestled along the Richmond River Valley.  The bustling regional centre of Casino services the region.

The Richmond Valley region is very diverse, extending from the Pacific Ocean at Evans Head through to the World Heritage Listed National Parks of the Border and Richmond Ranges. The majority of the valley consists of rural and agricultural scenery nestled along the Richmond River Valley. We have many little villages ranging from 400 people up to 3,00. The bustling regional centre of Casino services the region.


Clarence Valley

We’re passionate about our local area. Yes we’ve got it all, from pristine beaches to country vistas, historic towns to contemporary coastal villages. And we know there are plenty of locations for you to get that hero shot. Just like other destinations we think ours is the best and the most beautiful. So if you want what the others have – that’s great…but we’re maybe just what you need. Clarence Valley Council welcomes filming and our helpful team has a plenty of local knowledge to assist and guide your production no matter how big or small. Check out the Clarence Valley area ‘Look Book’


In the first instance, please contact Northern Rivers Screenworks for all filming enquiries.

Screenworks will be able to provide extensive advice about filming in the region, connect  you with locations and professional screen practitioners, discuss local council requirements and put you in contact with the film liaison officer for each local government authority.

(02) 6687 1599