Gold Coast - Queensland, Australia

Location of Gold Coast, Queensland

Location of Gold Coast, Queensland
© Geoscience Australia

The city of the Gold Coast is located in southeast Queensland surrounding the Nerang River. 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

Gold Gold

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 appear as bright green. Water bodies appear dark blue to black. Notice the large amount bare ground and cleared land by its pink colour, which is in development in the 1988 image. Almost entire northern region of the Gold Coast including Coomera, Oxenford and Pacific Pines appears over the time skip. Quite visible are the changes to Advancetown Lake, as the reservoir is still in development in the 1988 image. Also around Clear Island Waters and Varsity Lakes many other man-made water bodies have emerged.


1988 Gold Coast 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 29 September 1988
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.12MB]
© Geoscience Australia

2009 Gold Coast 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 1.23MB]
© Geoscience Australia

1988 Gold Coast 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 29 September 1988
  • 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 appear as bright green. Water bodies appear dark blue to black.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 1.32MB]
© Geoscience Australia

2009 Gold Coast 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 1.38MB]
© Geoscience Australia

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