Parkes - New South Wales, Australia

Location of Parkes, New South Wales

Location of Parkes,
New South Wales
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The city of Parkes is located in Central New South Wales, approximately 350km west of Sydney. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2009), and an older (1986) 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, the extent of the urban areas of Parkes are highlighted in red. The urban expansion of the town has been in all directions, somewhat greater to the east, with residential homes now occupying land to the east of Goobang Creek. A larger business district is constructed to the southwest of town. There is also a small bushfire in progress in the 1986 image east of Parkes, with the resulting change to vegetation still evident in the 2009 image. Differences in vegetation and farming appearance between old and new images are due to changes in vegetation moisture content, due to inter-annual fluctuations in rainfall.


1986 Parkes 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 21 August 1986
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 691KB]
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2009 Parkes 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 5 September 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 632KB]
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1986 Parkes false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 1 (visible blue), 5 (mid-infrared) and 4 (near infrared) respectively
  • Image taken on 21 August 1986
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of red. Vegetation appears in a range of blue to green, with blue representing more irrigated or mature vegetation. Darker shades of blue or green represent forests or plantations, with lighter shades showing grasslands or agriculture. Bare ground or dense infrastructure appears bright yellow.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 731KB]
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2009 Parkes false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 1 (visible blue), 5 (mid-infrared) and 4 (near infrared) respectively
  • Image taken on 5 September 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 716KB]
© Geoscience Australia

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