Wollongong - New South Wales, Australia

Location of Wollongong, New South Wales

Location of Wollongong,
New South Wales
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The city of Wollongong is located on the South Coast of New South Wales, surrounding Lake Illawarra. 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

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In this false colour swipe comparison, urban areas appear as shades of purple and white. Vegetation appears as light green to yellow, with drier areas appearing lighter. Water is displayed as dark blue to black. Wollongong has grown significantly over the last 21 years, mainly to the South of Lake Illawarra. New suburbs include Horsley to the west of the lake, and Albion Park, Flinders, Shell Cove and Blackbutt to the south. The Bass Point Quarry has also been significantly enlarged. Notice the Southern Freeway to Sydney superseding the Old Princes Highway as the main travel route between the cities.


1988 Wollongong 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 28 August 1988
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 802KB]
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2009 Wollongong 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 673KB]
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1988 Wollongong false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (mid-infrared), 5 (mid-infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 28 August 1988
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of purple and white. Vegetation appears as light green to yellow, with drier areas appearing lighter. Water is displayed as dark blue to black.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 1014KB]
© Geoscience Australia

2009 Wollongong false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 7 (mid-infrared), 5 (mid-infrared) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 23 September 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 926KB]
© Geoscience Australia

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