Broken Hill - New South Wales, Australia

Location of Broken Hill, New South Wales

Location of Broken Hill,
New South Wales
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The city of Broken Hill is located in far western New South Wales near the border of South Australia. 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 true colour swipe comparison, colours appear as close as they would naturally to the human eye. Urban areas appear white to light blue, dry vegetation and bare soil as shades of yellow, orange and brown, and water bodies as dark blue to black. New residents can be seen appearing mostly along the northern edge of town. The main infrastructure changes to the city however are within the mine sites, which run diagonally through the city separating North and South Broken Hill. The Gold Course and Broken Hill Racetrack are developed during this time to the northeast of the city. Also see the new construction at Stephens Creek Reservoir in the top right of the image.


1988 Broken Hill 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 18 January 1988
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 410KB]
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2010 Broken Hill 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 15 January 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 421KB]
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1988 Broken Hill 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 18 January 1988
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of cyan and purple, dry vegetation and bare soil as shades of magenta, red, orange and yellow. Parklands within Broken Hill appear as bright green. Water bodies appear dark blue to black, with particles within the water appearing green.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 411KB]
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2010 Broken Hill 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 15 January 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 406KB]
© Geoscience Australia

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