Updated:  15 December 2011

As the Cocky Flies

As the Cocky Flies will calculate the distance between two places in Australia. This query searches the Gazetteer of Australia 2008 Release, which is a compilation of over 310 000 geographic names in Australia provided by members of the Committee for Geographic Names in Australasia. Use the form below to enter the first place name (origin) then click “Submit Query” - you will be prompted through the process.

Enter Origin:  Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

The cockatoo, or cocky as it's popularly known, is one of Australia's most recognisable native birds.

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The custodians of the data do not guarantee that the data is free from errors and omissions. If you are experiencing difficulties with this application or you have identified possible errors or omissions in the data please contact Geoscience Australia, gazetteer@ga.gov.au.

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How to Use

Enter the name of the point of origin (web form above). Refine the location by selecting the type of place and the State from the drop down lists. Press “Submit Query” to continue.

You will then be prompted to clarify the location as there is often more than one place with the same name. If the search is unsuccessful, modify the name entered, for example, Mount Isa may also be found as Mt Isa, Isa Mt or Isa.

Once the point of origin is defined, you will be prompted to enter and clarify the destination point. A distance will then be displayed.

Happy flying!

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How the distance is calculated

Diagram Illustrating a Great Circle

Great circle distance is the shortest distance between two points on a sphere. This coincides with the circumference of a circle which passes through both points and the centre of the sphere.

Indicatively, Cocky Calculations are accurate to:

  • a few 10s of metres over short (~10 km) lines
  • a few 100 metres over a few 100 km, and
  • a few kilometres over 1000s of kilometres.

Find out more about calculating distances on the earth by visiting our Geodesy pages.

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