Brisbane - Queensland, Australia

Location of Brisbane, Queensland

Location of Brisbane, Queensland
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The city of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, surrounding Moreton Bay on Australia’s east coast. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2009), 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

Brisbane Brisbane

In this false colour swipe comparison, urban areas appear as shades of cyan and purple, dry vegetation and soil as magenta to red, and forest or irrigated vegetation as shades of green. Parklands and ovals within the city appear as bright green. Water bodies appear dark blue to black. Suburban expansion has occurred in all directions prominently but most noticeably in east Ipswich around Augustine Heights, Brookwater and Springfield. Large infrastructure and residential growth is also observed inland around Logan City, north of the CBD with North Lakes and Mango Hill, and in the south around Undullah. The Port of Brisbane can be seen expanding many hundreds of metres further into Moreton Bay at the mouth of the Brisbane River.


1988 Brisbane 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 11 September 1987
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 4.11MB]
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2009 Brisbane 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 23 September 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 4.43MB]
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1988 Brisbane 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 11 September 1987
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of cyan and purple, dry vegetation and soil as magenta to red, and forest or irrigated vegetation as shades of green. Parklands and ovals within the city appear as bright green. Water bodies appear dark blue to black.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 4.68MB]
© Geoscience Australia

2009 Brisbane 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 23 September 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 5.25MB]
© Geoscience Australia

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