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Use of RPA for Recreational Purposes

Do you want to fly your RPA for recreational purposes? This includes to obtain footage that you may post on social media, in personal or travel blogs, or even just pictures to send to family and friends.

If so, please follow the five easy rules while using your RPA in Western Australia’s national parks and other conservation reserves managed under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 (CALM Act).

  1. All legislative and regulatory requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) must be complied with.
    You can find out about this on the CASA website.
  2. All relevant State legislative and regulatory requirements must be complied with, including the CALM Act and CALM Regulations, the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018 and the Bushfires Act 1954.  
    The flying of RPA should not create a danger or nuisance for other visitors or disturb wildlife. There are separation distances for some animals that must be observed under the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations, more information can be found on DBCA’s website here.
  3. Flying is not permitted over or above people, in accordance with CASA regulations. 
    On CALM Act land, recreation sites, picnic/ day-use areas, campgrounds, camp sites, parking areas, trails, beaches, lookouts and gorges are places that are frequented by the public and where RPA users should particularly ensure that they are not flying over or above people. More information about where drone use is not permitted can be found on apps available on CASA’s website.
  4. RPA must not be used where emergency operations are underway, in accordance with CASA regulations. On CALM Act land, this includes management of prescribed burns or bushfires where active RPA may interfere with aerial operations.
    Check the Emergency WA website for information on bushfires and other emergency situations. Further information on prescribed burns is available on the Prescribed Burns page.
  5. RPA users are requested to contact the relevant district office prior to each RPA flight to ensure that aerial and other park management operations are not interfered with.
    DBCA regularly conducts aerial and other operations that may be impacted by, or that may impact on, RPA use. Information on prescribed burns is available on Today's Burns page.

Frequently asked questions

  • What do I need to do before I fly a RPA on CALM Act land?
    Please contact the relevant district office prior to each RPA flight. This is to make sure that your RPA does not impact on, or is not impacted by, aerial and other park management operations. Contact details for the district offices are provided below. Before you fly, make sure you understand and observe the five rules for flying RPA in Western Australia’s national parks and other conservation reserves.
  • What is CALM Act land?
    CALM Act land includes national parks, regional parks, conservation parks, marine parks, reserves and State forest. If you’re not sure whether or not you are flying an RPA on CALM Act land, please check the Park Finder map.
    RPA use on private land requires approval from the landowner. RPA use on local government land requires approval from the relevant local government.
  • Use of RPA in other places managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
    The above information is relevant to national parks and other conservation reserves managed under the CALM Act. Recreational use of RPA is not permitted at Rottnest Island, Kings Park and Bold Park and Perth Zoo.
    For use of RPA over the Swan and Canning Rivers, please contact the Rivers and Estuaries Branch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • What are the rules for using RPA to film marine mammals?
    RPA users must make sure they do not interfere with or impact on marine mammals. RPA users must make sure they keep a separation distance of 60 metres between the RPA and whale sharks, whales, killer whales, dolphins, dugongs and seals. The separation distance is set by the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations.
  • What to do if using RPA for commercial purposes? 
    If you plan to use your RPA for a commercial purpose (that is, for profit or reward), you will need to apply for a filming and photography permit or licence. Applications can be submitted online via the commercial operator licensing system. Visit the Commercial Filming page for further information and access to the online system.
  • What to do if using RPA for scientific, educational and research purposes?
    RPA use around marine mammals or fauna for scientific, educational or research purposes requires a licence under the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018. You can send an application to the Wildlife Licensing Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. View further information on wildlife licenses.



A state-wide map showing regions and districts can be downloaded below.

To search for park locations, visit Park Finder.

Region/District/Park Office Contacts
RegionDistrictParksOffice Contact
Kimberley East Kimberley Barrbem Conservation Park Kimberley Region HQ
Phone: 08 9168 4200
Camp Creek Conservation Park
Darram Conservation Park
Darrmalanka Conservation Park
Drysdale River National Park
Goomig Conservation Park
Kununurra Arboretum
Lawley River National Park
Laterite Conservation Park
Mijing Conservation Park
Mirima National Park
Mitchell River National Park
Ngamoowalem Conservation Park
North Kimberley Marine Park
Ord River Nature Reserve
Ord River Regeneration Reserve
Parry Lagoons
Prince Regent National Park
Purnululu National Park
Wolfe Creek Crater
West Kimberley Danggu Geike Gorge National Park Broome Work Centre
Phone: 08 9195 5500
Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park
King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park
North Kimberley Marine Park
Rowley Shoals Marine Park
Tunnel Creek National Park
Windjana Gorge National Park
Pilbara Pilbara Dampier Archipelago Island Reserves Pilbara Region HQ
Phone: 08 9182 2000
Karijini National Park
Millstream Chichester National Park
Montebello Islands Marine Park
Murujuga National Park
Exmouth Bundegi Coastal Park Exmouth District Office
Phone: 08 9947 8000
Cape Range National Park
Coral Bay
Jurabi Coastal Park
Ningaloo Marine Park and Murion Islands Marine Management Area
Ningaloo Marine Park, including adjacent to Ningaloo, Cardabia, Waroora, Gnaraloo and Quobba stations
Midwest Midwest Kalbarri National Park Midwest Region HQ
Phone: 08 9964 0901
Coalseam Conservation Park
Karara Rangeland Park
Shark Bay Dirk Hartog Island National Park Shark Bay District Office
Phone: 08 9948 2226
Francois Peron National Park
Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve
Monkey Mia Conservation Park
Shark Bay Marine Park
Shell Beach Conservation Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Mt Augustus National Park
Moora Jurien Bay Marine Park Moora District Office
Jurien Bay
Phone: 08 9688 6000
Badgingarra National Park
Beekeepers Nature Reserve
Lesueur National Park
Lancelin Island Nature Reserve
Nambung National Park
Stockyard Gully Reserve
Wedge Island
Goldfields Goldfields Burra Rock Conservation Park Goldfields Region HQ
Phone: 08 9080 5555
Cave Hill Conservation Park
Goldfields Woodlands National Park
Kalgoorlie Arboretum
Lake Mason
Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park
Victoria Rock Nature Reserve
Wheatbelt Wheatbelt Barna Mia Wheatbelt Region HQ
Phone: 08 9811 9200
Wongan Hills Nature Reserve
Kokerbin Nature Reserve
Williams Nature Reserve
Dryandra Woodland and Village
Swan Swan Coastal Penguin Island Swan Coastal District
Phone: 08 9303 7700
Rockingham Lakes Regional Park
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
Yalgorup National Park
Yellagonga Regional Park
Yanchep National Park Yanchep National Park
Phone: 08 9303 7759
Perth Hills Avon Valley National Park Perth Hills District
Phone: 08 9290 6100
Banyowla Regional Park
Beelu National Park
Gooseberry Hill National Park
Greenmount National Park
Helena National Park
John Forrest National Park
Kalamunda National Park
Korung National Park
Lane Poole Reserve
Lesmurdie Falls National Park
Midgegoroo National Park
Mundy Regional Park
Serpentine National Park
Walyunga National Park
Wandoo National Park
Wungong Regional Park
South West Wellington Hoffman Mill Recreation Site Wellington District
Phone: 08 9735 1988
Wellington National Park
Blackwood Blackwood River National Park Blackwood District
Phone: 08 9752 1432
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Ngari Capes Marine Park
Scott National Park
St John Brook Conservation Park
Tuart Forest National Park
Wooditjup National Park
Warren Donnelly Big Brook Dam Donnelly District
Phone: 08 9776 1207
Boorara-Gardner National Park
D’Entrecasteaux National Park
Glouceser National Park
Greater Beedalup National Park
One Tree Bridge Conservation Park
Warren National Park
Frankland Mount Frankland National Park Frankland District
Phone: 08 9840 0400
Mount Lindesay National Park
Shannon National Park
Walpole-Nornalup National Park
William Bay National Park
South Coast Albany Fitzgerald River National Park South Coast Region HQ
Phone: 08 9842 4500
Gull Rock National Park
Porongurup National Park
Stirling Range National Park
Torndirrup National Park
Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
Waychinicup National Park
West Cape Howe National Park
Esperance Cape Le Grand National Park Esperance District
Phone: 08 9083 2100
Eucla National Park
Frank Hann National Park
Peak Charles National Park
Stokes National Park
Woody Island Nature Reserve