Melbourne - Victoria, Australia

Location of Melbourne, Victoria

Location of Melbourne, Victoria
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The city of Melbourne, surrounding Port Phillip Bay in south-eastern Australia. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2009-10), and an older (1988-89) 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

Melbourne Melbourne

In this true colour swipe comparison, 22 years of urban expansion can be observed. Notice the significant amount of industrial development in Laverton North appearing to the west of the CBD. Similar industry arises in Dandenong South along the Dandenong river 30km southeast of the CBD. The Ring Road is another prominent feature appearing over the time skip. Changes in vegetation colour between old and new images are due to differences in vegetation moisture content from inter-annual differences in rainfall.


1988-89 Melbourne 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
  • Images taken on 14 December 1988 and 24 January 1989
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 4.89MB]
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2009-10 Melbourne 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
  • Images taken on 27 March 2009 and 19 February 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 5.53MB]
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1988-89 Melbourne 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
  • Images taken on 14 December 1988 and 24 January 1989
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of cyan and purple, dry vegetation and soil as pink to red, and forest and irrigated vegetation as shades of green.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 5.92MB]
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2009-10 Melbourne 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
  • Images taken on 27 March 2009 and 19 February 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 5.73MB]
© Geoscience Australia

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