Canberra - Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Location of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Location of Canberra,
Australian Capital Territory
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The city of Canberra, the capital of Australia is located inland approximately 150km from Australia’s east coast, and lies within the plains to the east of the Brindabella Ranges. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2010), and an older (1988) scene are available below in high resolution JPEG format.

For acquisition of full resolution files see the Earth Observation Catalogue, or contact earth.observation@ga.gov.au

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In this false colour swipe comparison, urban infrastructure appears in shades of purple and white, wet vegetation as shades of green, drier vegetation and grassland magenta to red, and water bodies from dark blue to black. Notice the significant amount of vegetation within the suburbs, as the combinations of purple and light green. Suburban development has been prominent in the Tuggeranong valley, with the construction of Lake Tuggeranong and the Hyperdome incomplete in the 1988 image. Similarly Gungahlin has appeared on the northside with Yerrabi Pond and Gungahlin Pond clearly contrasting. The Gungahlin Drive Extension and Glenloch Interchange are major road projects that develop over the time skip. The business districts of Mitchell and Hume can also be seen expanding significantly, as can the size of Canberra Airport east of the CBD. The effect of the 2003 bushfires on the surrounding vegetation is evident by the disappearance of the pine plantations west of Duffy and Yarralumla, as well as the changes within Tidbinbilla and Uriarra.


1988 Canberra true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 24 January 1988
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.17MB]
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2010 Canberra true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 20 January 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.19MB]
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1988 Canberra false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (Mid-infrared), 4 (Near infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 24 January 1988
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of purple and white, dry vegetation and soil as magenta to red, and forest and irrigated vegetation as shades of green. Parklands and ovals appear as bright green.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.28MB]
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2010 Canberra false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (Mid-infrared), 4 (Near infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 20 January 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.34MB]
© Geoscience Australia

Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 27, 2011