Ballarat - Victoria, Australia

Location of Ballarat, Victoria

Location of Ballarat, Victoria
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The city of Ballarat is located in central west Victoria, on the foothills of the southern end of the Great Dividing Range. 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.

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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. Ballarat has seen notable residential growth to the west, while it is somewhat restricted to the east by the state forest. New or expanded residential areas include Delacombe, Sebastopol, Alfredton and Invermay. Industry centres have developed in Mitchell Park, west of Invermay and south of Victoria Park in Newington. Lake Wendouree can be seen completely dried up in the 2009 image, as this was during the peak of the drought conditions for the region.


1988 Ballarat 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 14 February 1988
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 518KB]
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2009 Ballarat 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 27 March 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 546KB]
© Geoscience Australia

1988 Ballarat 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 14 February 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 550KB]
© Geoscience Australia

2009 Ballarat 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 27 March 2009
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 566KB]
© Geoscience Australia

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