Maps and mapping tools for agricultural projects
To undertake new agricultural business, or diversify or intensify existing, or related, supply chain projects, you often need to refer to mapping, for example, to determine:
- suitability of soils and climate
- available infrastructure and land zoning
- natural resource constraints or opportunities.
Use the links below to a range of mapping tools, searches and services to assist you to begin investigating the suitability of a site, proposal or investment.
Land and crop suitability
AgTrends Spatial mapping tool
AgTrends Spatial is a powerful tool that can generate maps for existing and potential commodity production areas as well as reports on economic profiles. Access AgTrends Spatial datasets and reports.
Map the groups of crops grown in Queensland's broadacre cropping regions using satellite imagery from the Queensland Crop Monitoring Program.
Potential for irrigated crops along the Fitzroy River
When constructed, the proposed Rookwood Weir will enable agricultural development along the Fitzroy River, extending inland 5km from each side of the river. Use our tool to map suitable land and crops, and access market data on crops.
Read about ground cover mapping and accessing mapping products. Landholders, natural resource managers and government monitor and map ground cover to manage land more effectively.
Australian land use mapping
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) provides national and catchment land-use data. Download land-use mapping data to find out how land is used (e.g. for food production, forestry, nature conservation, water storage or urban development).
Queensland land use mapping program (QLUMP)
Identify land use patterns and changes to help you manage your natural resources using QLUMP.
Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment Explorer (NAWRA-explorer)
Assess your land for soil suitability for a range of crops, planting seasons and systems for managing irrigation using the NAWRA-explorer.
Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS)
The Australian Soil Resource Information System offers descriptions of soils and landscapes, as well as more detailed information relating to soil thickness, water storage, permeability, salinity, fertility and erodibility.
Read about Queensland soils data, including interpreting soil-mapping data, mapping resources, survey types and land evaluation schemes.
Strategic cropping land maps
Strategic cropping land (SCL) is land that is, or is likely to be, highly suitable for cropping because of a combination of the land's soil, climate and landscape features. The information for the SCL trigger map comes from the Agricultural Land Audit and Queensland Land Use Mapping Program.
QTopo – online topographic maps
Use QTopo to view or download Queensland's topography. Topographic maps are detailed representations of natural and man-made features that appear on the Earth's surface.
Water and coastal
- Access surface and groundwater maps, data, models and applications including water monitoring and watercourse identification.
- Use the water entitlement viewer to access details of water allocations, licences and unallocated water reserve volumes across Queensland.
- Use flood imagery and data to improve economic and community resilience to extreme weather events.
- Request a coastal hazard property map and learn more about coastal hazards and mapping.
Spatial, satellite and imagery tools
- Find mapping, data and imagery services relating to Queensland's natural resources.
- Use Queensland Globe to view and explore Queensland spatial data and imagery.
- View the Queensland spatial catalogue (QSpatial)—a geospatial portal that allows you to discover, display, select and download or order data over an area of interest.
- Search Australian Government open data—free data collected in the course of normal government activities. Valuable datasets include mapping (geospatial) data and environmental data.
- Find spatial data (produced by the Department of Environment and Science), including environmental data, parks and forest maps.
- Find state planning and development maps using the Queensland's Planning System mapping resources from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.
Species and biodiversity
- Request a map of a regional ecosystem's biodiversity status or broad vegetation group.
- Use the Australian Government's protected matters search tool to help determine whether environmentally significant matters protected by the Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 are likely to occur in your area of interest.
- View the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Atlas, a national dataset used to inform groundwater planning and management.
- Download Matters of state environmental significance reports providing detailed maps and information on specific environmental values by location.
- Request a property report and vegetation maps to help you identify clearing requirements and available clearing options.
- Request a protected plants flora survey trigger map showing high-risk areas for protected plants to help determine flora survey and clearing permit requirements.
- Access regional ecosystem descriptions and maps showing pre-clearing as well as remnant vegetation descriptions.
- View an interactive map of regional Natural Resource Management groups across Queensland.
- Request a species list and biodiversity maps for properties in Queensland.
- Search for location-relevant information on threatened species, habitats and recovery actions.
- Access data on Queensland's terrestrial ecosystem, including soils, terrain, water, satellite images, survey data and species observation records.
- Find mapping statistics, drainage divisions and basins using the Wetlands summary interactive mapping tool.
- Use the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area interactive map to view boundaries, zoning and vegetation.
Use the following links to identify existing and proposed infrastructure on or around your proposed development location.
- Primary resources
Mapping fire scars
Mapping fire scars (the visibly blackened land surface left after bushfires) and historical fire information can help you understand and manage fire and its interactions with climate variability, vegetation and land use.
North Australia and Rangelands Fire Information map
Track fires and hotspots, and view fire scars and history for North Australia and rangelands.
Rainfall and weather
- Last reviewed: 2 Feb 2021
- Last updated: 20 May 2021
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