Digital topographic data
Queensland topographic features are depicted by digital data showing information about the shape of the land - both natural features and purpose-built structures.
Free online access
The Queensland Government no longer sells printed copies of topographic maps. For free online access:
- view and download online topographic maps free of charge through QTopo.
- view topographic data alongside more than 600 spatial data layers through the Queensland Globe
- download spatial data through QSpatial or Queensland Government Open Data
- download digital elevation data through the ELVIS (elevation and depth) spatial data portal.
Email email@example.com if you have any questions about topographic data.
Our topographic data is continually being improved using information from:
- recently captured ortho-rectified imagery
- field inspections
- data supplied by external agencies that we have collaborative agreements with (e.g. Geoscience Australia)
- data supplied from other State Government departments that we have data share licence agreements with.
A program has commenced to hydrologically validate the hydrography data for inclusion in the Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric.
Topographic data over an area includes information on one or more of these themes:
- culture - man-made features (e.g. hospitals, educational institutions, emergency services facilities)
- framework - coastline, offshore islands, seas and mainland
- hydrography - natural and man-made inland water features (e.g. streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs which depict the drainage network (PDF, 1.7MB) used in topographic mapping and hydrological modelling)
- physiography - named natural features (e.g. bays, beaches, mountains ranges, peaks)
- relief - topography of the land depicted as contours (PDF, 2.8MB)
- transport - infrastructure (e.g. roads and railways)
- digital elevation model (DEM) - a regular or irregular grid of elevation heights (PDF, 3.1MB) from photogrammetric projects or current and proposed airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) projects (PDF, 2.4MB).
Topographic data consists of:
- a spatial component including:
- the extent of large features displayed as polygons
- points representing the centroids of small features
- linear features representing watercourses, railways and roads
- watercourses which are concatenated, segmented and flow directed for hydrological modelling.
- an attribute component which may include (depending on the data theme):
- feature description
- feature name if available
- source data of the feature
- age of the source data of the feature.
Supply and pricing
Conditions of supply
Digital topographic data is supplied under a licence agreement. This determines the conditions for use established between you (as the customer) and us.
We license all digital data, whether a fee is charged or not. The different licences available are designed to suit your different uses. Different fees and conditions apply for different licence types.
The data is available through QSpatial or supplied through our FTP web site.
Topographic maps can be viewed and downloaded using QTopo.
The digital topographic data is supplied in MapInfo or ArcView formats in GDA94.
Data products and prices
Digital drainage data
A range of products providing digital data files containing creek, river and coastline patterns captured suitable for 1:25,000, 1:10,000, 1:5,000 and 1:2,500 scale mapping. This data is suitable for use in geographic information systems.
A range of products providing digital data files containing contour patterns suitable for 1:25,000, 1:10,000, 1:5,000 and 1:2,500 scale mapping. Digital elevation models derived from this contour information are also available.
Classified LAS data derived from LiDAR
- 25 one kilometre square tiles from 1 local government area within a single project area: $691.00 (inc. GST).
- Per 1 kilometre square tile, all tiles in local government will be supplied within a single project area: $23.40 (inc. GST).
- Per 1 kilometre square tile, all tiles in local government will be supplied within a single project area, captured prior to 1 January 2010: $6.65 (inc. GST).
Contour data derived from LiDAR
- 25 one kilometre square tiles from 1 local government area within a single project area: $278.20 (inc. GST).
- Per 1 kilometre square tile, all tiles in local government will be supplied within a single project area: $6.65 (inc. GST).
Digital elevation model data derived from LiDAR
- 25 one kilometre square tiles from 1 local government area within a single project area: $189.30 (inc. GST).
- Per 1 kilometre square tile, all tiles in local government will be supplied within a single project area: $3.35 (inc. GST).
Data access, digital elevation model (DEM)
- Once off supply, all available DEMs: $2,782.00 (inc. GST).
- Initial DEMs over whole 1:100,000 map sheets: $159.90 (inc. GST).
- Each additional DEM: $16.45 (inc. GST).
Data access, elevation/relief (customised data service)
- Price on application with minimum charge: $623.00 (inc. GST).
- Last reviewed: 8 Sep 2017
- Last updated: 28 Oct 2019