Originally opened in 1848, this classic sandstone walled maximum-security facility was constructed almost continuously during its 150 years as a Correctional Institution, the last building being completed in 1993.
Built on almost 2 hectares of land on the hill overlooking the township of East Maitland, the variety of structures within the facility makes it a unique location.
Whether you need contemporary cells and yards with modern security and visiting facilities, or solid sandstone structures built with convict labour and presenting the austere and eerie feel of a bygone era, Maitland Gaol has it within its foreboding walls.
Exercise yards, guard towers and catwalks, industrial workshops, shower room, kitchen, administration facilities, razor wire, even a dentistry. Some even say there are ghosts! And there has been plenty of filming in Maitland Gaol with the paranormal as a theme.
Maitland Gaol is an historic site of state significance and is culturally important to the Hunter region. The site is open to the public for visitation 7 days per week. Therefore, the approval to use the site for filming will have an impact on this availability. For minimal to low impact filming and/or where a closed set is not required, it is more likely to be available during weekdays, especially Monday – Thursday than on weekends. The site is unlikely to be available Friday – Sunday for medium to high impact filming and/or where a closed set is required. Night filming is generally available most evenings with adequate notice however as the site is in a residential area, noise and artificial lighting from the activity must be restricted after 10:00pm.
WORIMI CONSERVATION LANDS (STOCKTON BIGHT SAND DUNES)
The Region is home to the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes and Beach, which is largely owned and managed by the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council, and is an awe-inspiring 34 kilometre long and four-kilometre wide moving coastal sand dune system. This unique location is a favourite with film crews.
A sacred site for the traditional land owners, this area has been used as fishing and hunting grounds by the Worimi people for thousands of years. The dunes are home to hundreds of sacred aboriginal sites, shell middens, and burial sites. Because the sands move, it is not unusual for new artefacts to be discovered.
Therefore, during recces, set up and filming in this area, it is mandatory that you are accompanied by experienced Worimi rangers, who are familiar with the dunes, and archeologically and environmentally sensitive areas. It is strictly prohibited for film crews to enter the dunes without the written permission of Screen Hunter and the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council.
If you are interested in filming in or around Stockton Bight and Sand Dunes, please fill in the Authority to Enter Worimi Conservation Lands during this application process.
NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
New South Wales is home to some spectacular and diverse landscapes offering attractive backdrops for filming purposes. Screen Hunter is the delegated agent for the National Parks in the Hunter, including Stockton Bight, Barrington Tops and the Myall Lakes.
Any filming that takes place on land protected by NPWS has a set of conditions relating to the particular area. These conditions ensure that commercial filming and photography are carried out in a manner that does not compromise the Service’s conservation objectives.
You must submit an application with Screen Hunter if you wish to film in any National Park in the Hunter. Upon approval, ‘Consent to Film’ documents will be issued detailing specific conditions for the location you wish to use as well as your responsibilities as a filmmaker in this location. You are required to read the consent thoroughly, sign and return to Screen Hunter prior to filming. If your filming activities do not comply with NPWS filming conditions, permission to film will not be granted.
All commercial activities, including commercial filming and photography, which take place in national parks and other protected areas managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, part of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) need to be licensed. If you are filming or taking photographs as a hobby, as a tourist or as a personal interest then you are not considered to be undertaking a commercial activity, so you are not required to be licensed.
It is an offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2002 to undertake a commercial activity in a national park or other protected area managed by OEH without a licence.
If you are interested in filming in a National Park, please fill in the ‘Request to Use National Park & Wildlife Reserve’ during the application process.
Please note this form make take a few minutes to submit.
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