The challenges of flying a drone in Australia – watch this before buying a drone

The challenges of flying a drone in Australia – watch this before buying a drone

Flying a drone is a lot of fun but before you get one you need to understand a few things about flying a drone in Australia. All the cool footage you see in the DJI adverts are not allowed in Australia so make sure you check out this video before buying your first drone.

You can find some rules about flying a drone in Australia below.

You can download the CAN I FLY THERE app below.

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  1. OGtalks on November 26, 2021 at 10:36 am

    We live in the most over-regulated country in the world , in every aspect or scenario possible .. one guy makes a mistake with a drone , then they pass laws that ruin it for everyone else ..
    it’s actually disturbing , the way our government treats us like children . There are way too many crazy laws down here ! I’m bloody sick of it !!

  2. Farming Life Australia on November 26, 2021 at 10:36 am

    You need to go back to where you came from.

  3. Mozzed Video and Photography on November 26, 2021 at 10:37 am

    This is why so many industries are destroyed in Australia. Way over regulated

  4. Andrew Oliver on November 26, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I’m confused , thinking of buying one of these however I live in a no fly zone too
    So you are saying it physically won’t start in these areas ??

  5. Taleb Elmaneh on November 26, 2021 at 10:38 am

    You sure you’re from Australia and not Austria?

  6. Wayne S on November 26, 2021 at 10:38 am

    drones under 2kg are hobby so casa have rules like the 30m from people and so on, if you want to fly over or in populus areas and venues you will need to get the Repl license and get permission as long as it is for hobby you should be good, if your making a business out of it then more licenses or association to company with appropriate licence is needed. as long as you are a reasonable human like this guy doing the video which I thank you for. if you do fly irresponsibly then you get what you deserve but also make it harder for the average guy just wanting some fun
    use the app, use your brain, keep it fun and safe and you should be ok until they change the goal posts again.

  7. SoundsLikeCrisps on November 26, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Victorian parks are no fly zones for recreational RPAs 🙁 And even once you have that fancy CASA certification you still need to give two weeks notice and $100+ for the application fee.
    Bit ridiculous.

  8. infinightsky on November 26, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Lol Australia is such a boring place

  9. Mind Refreshments on November 26, 2021 at 10:42 am

    I just bought a drone, means I have wasted fricking $2600, what a waste of money.

  10. David Richardson on November 26, 2021 at 10:42 am

    You weren’t exactly correct about flying over dolphins, whales, seals etc. Each state has different regulations regarding this. Also you can fly over a shark as it’s not classified as mammal. Also national park regulations are different from state to state. Here in WA we can fly in a national park, all that is asked is you contact the local office to ensure that where you want to fly doesn’t interfere with park operations and that you abide by all other CASA regulations

  11. Bruce Smith on November 26, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for that, l was going to buy a drone but not any more. You just saved me 2,500 dollars.

  12. Shannon Hartnett on November 26, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Every true Australian will breake some of these rules no matter what the stupid law states Aussies like myself are rebellious to crap like that I think a safe distance is 5-10 metres away from a person or animal is safice enough most wild animals will run away way before you could even get that close anyway

  13. Grant's Gaming YT on November 26, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Just want to let you all know the casa can i fly there app is no longer working. Open skys is the new app for drone flying

  14. Cj Stenning on November 26, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Is is mad, what is the point of selling drones here if there is hardly anywhere to fly it, plus ridiculously stupid laws like not being able to fly it close to FRIENDS. 🇦🇺👍

  15. Gareth Squidy Collins on November 26, 2021 at 10:48 am

    I honestly wish I’d seen this video before I bought a drone a few days ago. Likely taking it back today because its next to impossible to fly anywhere. I agree with the rules for safety etc as I wouldn’t want someone getting hurt, but if it means I cant launch anywhere it will just sit on my shelf so back to the shop it goes.

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  17. Todd Bone on November 26, 2021 at 10:50 am

    The CASA app is a good reference but not the total green light. For instance , I live in Logan Council area in South Brisbane and the CASA app gives the Ok to fly on most areas however the council themselves forbids the launching of Drones from any Public space or Council Park . Which leaves private property like your house except no I have neighbours closer than 30metres and it’s a populous area. So unless you live on acreage your buggered. So don’t assume the Casa app tells the whole story …

  18. Paul’s Gold Finds on November 26, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I live within 5.5 kms from a major airport and I can fly under 120m. Gotta be a bit smart about it, know the rules and it’ll work. Get a drone under 250g and all is good.

  19. That is Surprising on November 26, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Change gps settings on your phone for another city/country and fly wherever you want

  20. Filip laskovski on November 26, 2021 at 10:54 am

    U forgot to mention the 120 meters of altitude is a fucking joke
    I’m still buying a Mavic mini tho

  21. Kalika Putra on November 26, 2021 at 10:54 am

    The rule about being 30 Meyers from friends is wrong. You can be close to friends but 30 meters away from others outside of your group….unless you get their consent after explaining what you are doing.

  22. Leroy Carter on November 26, 2021 at 10:55 am


  23. Filming Australia on November 26, 2021 at 10:57 am

    it accually you can do all the stuff this guy said

  24. gareth5000 on November 26, 2021 at 10:58 am

    I’m just about to pay 1780, second fine. They trawled through my yt channel and looked for dodgy videos.

  25. Layman_42 on November 26, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Am I the only one who knows all the rules and regulations of airspace and flying drones in Australia but still breaks them anyways.

  26. M L on November 26, 2021 at 11:04 am

    You are being overly cynical. The laws are a little over zealous but the enforcement of said laws are practically non existent. Unless a park ranger is free and you are at a no fly zone park like you showed, but you were still at the park lmao.

  27. Land and Lore Photograph Off Road Adventures on November 26, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Most of the rules are not any real problem and have been in place long before any drones were even around, the only one I did not know about until just recently is the National Parks rule, I can understand if there was a fire in the area but other than that I see it as no more than a money grab. Will make it hard for me to get videos of doing some 4WDing and stuff and I bet getting permission will be a near impossible task.

  28. frankus54 on November 26, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Everything to do with any form of flying in Australia is massively over regulated.

  29. Andy Hawkins on November 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

    easy fuck dji. the only people who have ever told to me not fly

    were old ladies who had no business at the park 🙂

  30. Barry Maskell on November 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Every Stralian owns several drones we just don’t fly them

  31. JustYeung on November 26, 2021 at 11:10 am

    This isn’t how the rules work you can fly the drone over people with there consent that’s how it works

  32. Michael Tyers on November 26, 2021 at 11:11 am

    This is the story of how CASA regulations were written:

    Someone with a private helicopter and $150,000 worth of camera equipment noticed some drone footage on YouTube.

    They rang up their mates in the Liberal party and complained because the drones might have been able to compete directly with them.

    The drone regulations were written.

    The end.

  33. jennimareeh on November 26, 2021 at 11:13 am

    As far as I know you can fly over people like climbing, surfing etc as long as you know the people.

  34. Dana Jennings on November 26, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Had a Phantom 3 and now have a Mavic. Hundreds of hours of vid and lots of fun, use the CASA app and do the right thing. It’s really not that hard guys, stop whinging go and do it.

  35. Bailey Alchin on November 26, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Question, besides them actually coming up to you like the ranger how would they know?

  36. EDC on November 26, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Speeding is illegal as well yet we all do it😂😂😂fly away….

  37. edstar83 on November 26, 2021 at 11:19 am

    No fly zone? I fly my tiny whoop inside my house. Rebel for life.

  38. JuicyFruityify on November 26, 2021 at 11:19 am

    It’s the same with 4×4’s. Perfect country for an amazing parts and customs market like the U.S. but everything is regulated to the ‘nth degree, killing the enthusiasm for the hobby.

  39. Ray's Drones on November 26, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Good ol Aus.having fun is illegal

  40. Kalani W on November 26, 2021 at 11:20 am

    I live right near a National Park and there’s planes that fly over quite high.

  41. Mike Carter on November 26, 2021 at 11:23 am

    I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! I was laughing throughout the video at all the things you couldn’t do (welcome to Nazi Australia) and cried when I realised that my investment was a dud…

  42. Enigmatic Loremaster on November 26, 2021 at 11:23 am

    As long as you launch your drone outside a national park you shouldn’t need a permit to fly over the national park.

  43. Swooned on November 26, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Thanks, man. I have just completed my RePL and did not know about the wildlife. Isn’t the amber area on Can I Fly There OK, so long as you stay 30m away and under 400ft? As an example Waverley Park?

  44. Sean Keish on November 26, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Hey Gday guys! We’re a Drone virtual store operating in Australia! Please visit to view all our Drone products. Cheers! (y)

  45. gureno19 on November 26, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Id love to see a small drone bring down a helicopter….. just not going to happen

  46. Theodore Churchill on November 26, 2021 at 11:29 am

    No one cares about rulles

  47. Glen Coughlan on November 26, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Australia was once a prison settlement – nothings changed – its the premier kill joy ban everything country on this planet. Everything here is basically illegal, prohibited or can be theorised that way. The fine and penalty country of the year.

  48. Fleming Richard on November 26, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Not sure how it works in Australia, but as far as doing those shots with your friends that you talked about…I believe "participants" are excluded from the rule about not flying over people or within 30 meters of them, at least in the U.S.

  49. Mike's Man Cave on November 26, 2021 at 11:32 am

    You really need to educate yourself, you got most of this stuff wrong, simply because you don’t really understand the rules.

  50. Ser Wombles on November 26, 2021 at 11:34 am

    freaking nanny state

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