Where to Develop Film in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in 2022.


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If you’re looking to develop film in Brisbane, you’ll be pleased to find that there are plenty of photo labs to choose from. No matter what type of film you shoot, you’ll have an option to have it processed locally. 

But just because Brisbane is the capital doesn’t mean that it’s the only place in Queensland with good photo labs – there are also spots to develop film in Gold Coast as well as the Sunshine Coast.

Check out the full list below – we’ve included all of the best places to develop film in Brisbane and the rest of Queensland, which types of film are accepted at each lab, and a map of their locations. 

Film photo of someone riding a bus in Brisbane.

Where to Develop Film in Brisbane

You’ll have your choice of five photo labs to develop film in Brisbane and that’s not even counting a few chain stores that still offer the service. Take a look at more info on each lab below. 

Racquet

Location: 44 Douglas St, Milton QLD 4064, Australia

If you ask a group of photographers their favourite place to develop film in Brisbane, Racquet is sure to be mentioned. After a few iterations, they’ve cemented their place as one of the city’s best photo labs. 

You’ll be able to develop 35mm and 120 film whether it’s C-41 colour or black and white. It usually takes about 3-5 days to get your colour film back, 5-7 days for B&W (although rush processing is available for a fee). 

Outside of the lab, Racquet sells used cameras and fresh film stocks. They also offer classes for those interested in learning how to develop their own black and white film. 

There’s a 24/7 dropbox outside the lab, in case you’re unable to drop off during regular business hours. 

Prolab

Location: 2/38 Bishop St, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059, Australia

In case the name didn’t give it away, Prolab is a photo lab geared toward professionals. As such, they are equipped to assist any analogue photographer – no other lab in town offers onsite processing for large format or E-6 slide film. 

Aside from those less common formats, you can of course develop 35mm and 120 film, both colour and black and white.

While they no longer develop film every day, dip and dunk processing ensures your film is safe and sound. Expect a turnaround of 5-10 days. 

Foto Fast

Location: 198/200 Moggill Rd, Taringa QLD 4068, Australia

Since 1990, Foto Fast has been one of the fastest places to develop film in Brisbane. Paired with their central location near the CBD, you can see why they’ve been a long time favourite of analogue photographers.

You’ll be able to develop 35mm and 120 film, although the “fast” in the name only really applies to colour film. C-41 is developed onsite, whereas black and white and E-6 are outsourced. 

As long as you drop off your colour film by 2PM, it should be ready within 2 hours. Black and white takes 3-4 days and E-6 is more like 10 days. 

Foto Fast also has a film dropbox outside the lab, for 24 hour drop-offs. 

Film photo of the city skyline in Brisbane.

Developing Moments

Location: Shop 85 capalaba park shopping centre, Capalaba QLD 4157, Australia

Developing Moments is a family-owned shop that specializes in archival printing and other standard photolab services. 

Fortunately, they still develop disposable cameras and film. 35mm and 120 are both accepted and C-41 colour is developed in-house. You can still drop off your black and white film, but it’ll be sent to another lab for processing. 

Developing Moments is one of the few places that offers discounts for bulk developing, so take note if you’ve got a heavy shutter finger. 

Streets Imaging Services

Location: 4/7 Anthony St, West End QLD 4101, Australia

Streets Imaging Services is yet another photo lab that offers film developing in Brisbane. Film processing is limited, as this shop is mostly geared toward photographic and fine art printing.

Still, you can develop medium format and 35mm film, so long as it is C-41 colour. 

Film is processed twice a week, so this isn’t necessarily the quickest option, although they do offer rush service if you’re in a pinch. 


Where to Develop Film on the Gold Coast

We were surprised to find that there are almost as many places to develop film on the Gold Coast as there are in Brisbane. Most photographers will be happy to bring their film to one of these labs.

Film photo of an aerial view of Brisbane.

Purà Film

Location: 54 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223, Australia

Photo labs like Purà Film have taken off amidst the resurgence of analogue photography – small, independent operations that are hyper focused on film and cater to modern photographers. 

Offering film developing for 35mm and 120, Purà accepts C-41 colour, black and white, and E-6 slide film. Colour film is usually ready in 1-3 days and other types take about 3-5 days. 

They also have a Member Club where a monthly fee gets you two rolls of film delivered to your door and access to photo walks. 

Wades World

Location: 23B Griffith St, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia

Wades World is a full-service photoshop that sells all of the latest digital gear and accessories. Fortunately, they also offer some services for analogue photographers. 

If you’re looking to develop disposable cameras or 35mm film, you can bring it to Wades World. They accept C-41 colour as well as black and white film. 

They are one of the only places in town that offers same day service for colour film, although black and white is only developed once a week.

Aside from all of the modern equipment in stock, you can also find a selection of used film cameras and lenses. 

Lazarus Lab

Location: Unit 1/7 Coghill Dr, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223, Australia

The unfortunate closure of the beloved photolab Shibui Film isn’t as hard to swallow when it spawned Lazarus Lab, a new place to develop film on the Gold Coast.

They accept 35mm and 120 medium format film for developing, whether it’s C-41 colour or black and white. 

Just as they were while working at Shibui, the folks at Lazarus are more focussed on quality than anything else. You can expect a 2-6 day turnaround for colour film and 4-7 days for B&W.

That said, rush service is available, and colour film can sometimes even be processed same-day. 

Black and white film photo of a tree standing in front of a natural landscape.

Total Digital Image

Location: 3b/106 Bundall Rd, Bundall QLD 4217, Australia

Founded in 2002, Total Digital Image aims to offer a customised approach to printing and film processing. 

You’ll be able to develop 35mm and 120 film of any type – colour, black and white, or E-6. 

Aside from processing film, Total Digital offers printing, scanning, and many other digital services.


Where to Develop Film on the Sunshine Coast

There may not be as many options as other parts of Queensland, but we’re just happy that there are still a few places to develop film on the Sunshine Coast. 

Film photo of children running into the water at the beach.

Your Local Film Lab

Location: 3/96 Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore QLD 4558, Australia

Talk about a fitting name. Your Local Film Lab is…you guessed it – a lab to develop film if you’re local to the Sunshine Coast.  

If you need to develop disposable cameras, 35mm, or medium format film, you can bring them to YLFL. They accept C-41 colour as well as black and white. 

Colour film can take up to 4 days, although you can pay extra to get your photos back next-day. Black and white is developed once a week. 

This is a pretty small, straightforward operation – film developing and scanning are all they offer. No prints. They also have a few film drop off locations at other local businesses. 

Korsos Photography

Location: 65 Currie St, Nambour QLD 4560, Australia

Korsos Photography is a photo lab specializing in fine art and giclée printing. Fortunately, they also offer film developing on the Sunshine Coast. 

You can develop black and white and colour film at Korsos – they accept both 35mm and 120. 

Other services are consistent with most other photo labs. Photo restoration, printing, scanning, framing, etc. 


Chain Photo Labs in Queensland

Aside from the great independent labs above, there are a handful of chain photo shops that still develop film in Brisbane and other parts of Queensland.

Black and white film photo of a figure caught in the reflection of a puddle.

DigiDirect

DigiDirect is a photo shop chain with five locations across the country. Each store sells photographic equipment and offers a full list of photo lab services. Film processing makes an appearance on that list.

35mm colour film is the only type that can be developed at DigiDirect.

They operate a location in Brisbane.

Camera House

Camera House has a handful of locations in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast. 

This chain photoshop occasionally includes film developing in their list of offerings, although it can vary from store to store. C-41 colour is usually a safe bet, though we’ve seen some locations that also develop black and white. 

Find your nearest branch and check with them to see exactly what they offer.

Ted’s Cameras

Ted’s Cameras is another full-service photoshop that continues to offer film developing in Brisbane and other parts of Queensland. 

Developing is limited to 35mm colour film

As with any other chain photo lab, it’s always best to confirm with your local store which services they offer.

Map of Film Developing in Queensland

Anywhere Else?

Did we miss any good places that develop film in Brisbane? How about labs in other parts of Queensland? Let us know in the comments!

Film photo looking up at skyscrapers in Queensland, Australia.
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