Cooktown - Queensland, Australia

Location of Cooktown, Queensland

Location of Cooktown, Queensland
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The town of Cooktown is located on the Endeavour River in Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2009), and an older (1989) scene are available below in high resolution JPEG format.

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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 grey to white, trees and grasslands as shades of green and yellow, and water bodies as dark blue to black. Urban development in cooktown has taken place in its southern streets towards Mt Cook National Park. There has been land clearing on the other side of Mt Cook in Quarantine Bay. The new Cooktown Developmental Road can be seen superseding the old road during this time. To the west of the town, many small farming properties appear along main road towards Cooktown Airport.


1989 Cooktown 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 17 September 1989
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 278KB]
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2009 Cooktown 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 9 September 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 305KB]
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1989 Cooktown false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 4 (near infrared), 3 (visible red) and 2 (visible green) respectively
  • Image taken on 17 September 1989
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas are cyan and white, vegetation appears in shades of red, and soils or sparse grassland as dark to light brown. Burnt areas will appear as shades of dark green. Water bodies appear dark blue to black.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 244KB]
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2009 Cooktown false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 4 (near infrared), 3 (visible red) and 2 (visible green) respectively
  • Image taken on 9 September 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 239KB]
© Geoscience Australia

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