/News 18.06.21


Pacific Bay Resort Studios & Village on New South Wales’ Mid Coast will be a feature film production and post-production complex in Australia.

Bringing Lifestyle and Education to the Film Lot

The new studios will merge advanced virtual studios and sound stages with accommodation and lifestyle facilities: all located on 100 spectacular Coffs Harbour coastal resort acres.

Russell, Peter and Keith plan to create a studio complex of the highest international standard, offering cast and crew a premium lifestyle with the latest virtual production technology, while ensuring Coffs Harbour and Australia benefit from delivering targeted on-campus career training supported by tertiary educational institutions such as the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) to help meet the current skills gap.

Pacific Bay Resort, NSW’s largest existing beachfront resort, currently sits on 100 immaculately garden landscaped coastal acres with future expansion potential for the proposed studio and village facilities. The resort currently boasts a luxury apartment complex / hotel, nine-hole golf course, three swimming pools, tennis courts, restaurant and bars, extensive events and conference centre, resort spa and gym, as well as the National Marine Science Centre. 

Coffs Harbour’s internationally capable airport is only eight minutes’ drive from the proposed studio and village and combines with the adjoining M1 national highway for rapid access to major cities. A nearby Leading Edge Data Centres facility will provide 400GB fibre links to their Tier III data centre providing unparalleled data speeds and near-zero latency for real-time remote film production.

Image: Peter Montgomery, Keith Rodger and Russell Crowe at the launch of Pacific Bay Resort Studios and Village.

2000+ Nearby Acres of Stunning Backlot

While lifestyle and full studio facilities may co-exist at Pacific Bay Resort Studios and Village, two nearby backlots further enhance the appeal of bringing international and local feature films to the region. 

Sitting atop the Great Dividing Range, and only 20 minutes from the resort are 1500 private acres of undulating woodland and pastureland along with flowing river access. The second backlot is considered “Australia’s Augusta”, the nearby Bonville Golf Resort, with mansion-like clubhouse and accommodation fronting picturesque fairways surrounded by rainforest.

In addition to the backlot and rainforest located approximately three kilometres west of the resort, Pacific Bay Resort’s coastal location means spectacular ocean views and direct beach access for marine production that can also embrace the nearby Solitary Islands.

The NSW Government will work closely with all stakeholders to leverage the potential opportunities this precinct will create.

Featured Image Credit: Diggers Beach, Coffs Harbour. Image: Destination NSW.

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