Mackay - Queensland, Australia

Location of Mackay, Queensland

Location of Mackay, Queensland
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The city of Mackay in Queensland is situated on the mouth of the Pioneer River, along the northeast coast of Australia. 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.

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Mackay Mackay

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. Residential growth in the city of Mackay is most obvious in North Mackay, particularly in the suburbs of Glenella, Mount Pleasant and Beaconsfield. Further north the beach suburbs of Bucasia and Blacks Beach have also seen much development. In South Mackay the most noticeable new features are the new Airport and Business district. The increase in the sugar cane industry and farming surrounding the town is also quite marked.


1988 Mackay 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 July 1988
  • 25m Resolution
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2009 Mackay 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 1 July 2009
  • 25m Resolution
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1988 Mackay false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 1 (visible blue), 5 (mid-infrared) and 4 (near infrared) respectively
  • Image taken on 23 July 1988
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, urban areas appear as shades of red. Vegetation appears in a range of blue to green, with blue representing more irrigated or mature vegetation. Darker shades of blue or green represent forests or plantations, with lighter shades showing grasslands or agriculture. Bare ground and dense infrastructure appear bright yellow.

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2009 Mackay false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 1 (visible blue), 5 (mid-infrared) and 4 (near infrared) respectively
  • Image taken on 1 July 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 358KB]
© Geoscience Australia

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