Exclusive aerial images of the best Australian developments

Exclusive aerial images of the best Australian developments
Exclusive aerial images of the best Australian developments

It is GIS Day, Wednesday 18 November - the international day to demonstrate the value and real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS) technology.

Nearmap, the geospatial mapping and visual analytics company, has released exclusive aerial images of five Australian developments that have experienced dramatic transformations over the past five years.

It’s through GIS tools like nearmap’s aerial imagery platform which incorporates rich data set overlays, that we make better informed decisions about planning, construction and ongoing management, as well as improve efficiencies and boost productivity.

Photos from nearmap below document five Australian locations that have experienced significant transformations over the last decade: the images nearmap has captured and the progress gifs.

 Elizabeth Quay, Perth: In 2012, the Perth Government set out to redevelop Elizabeth Quay. It’s aim was to reconnect Perth’s city with the Swan River and provide much needed hotel, commercial, residential and retail accommodation. Three years on, and the construction is firmly underway. While it still has a fair way to go before completion, it’s easy to see how the development will change the whole face of Perth’s CBD. 

2009 - 2015 Elizabeth Quay’s transformation 

Crace, Canberra: The suburb of Crace, Canberra, holds the title of Australia's fastest-growing area, with a 57 per cent increase in population in 2013-14. The Urban Project to transform Crace into a top growth hot spot started in 2009 and has since reported $112 million in new dwellings.

2009 - 2015: Crace’s transformation 

Sydney Harbour’s Foreshores - Barangaroo and White Bay Precinct: Sydney’s Harbour has experienced a massive facelift over the last five years. Most notably, we saw the rise of Barangaroo - turning a once barren concert pit to a nature reserve - and the redevelopment of the White Bay Precinct. While both are yet to be complete, the transformation of these areas are changing the face of Sydney harbour. 

2010 - 2015: Barangaroo transformation

2010 - 2015: White Bay precinct’s transformation

Point Cook, Victoria: Point Cook is one of Melbourne’s newest suburbs, developed around wetlands along the coast of Port Phillip. Inspired by Manhattan, it’s quickly becoming a hotspot for investors and mega mansions. Only 30 minutes away from the CBD, and with all the latest facilities, it’s easy to see why it's so popular. However, the development is still a long way off. Over the next ten years, new retail developments, infrastructure and schools will be completed, transforming this once rural land, to prime real estate. 

2010 - 2015: Point Cook's transformation

Greater Springfield, Queensland: Greater Springfield is Australia’s fastest emerging new city. The $32 billion development is positioned as the gateway to the western corridor of south-east Queensland. At 2,860 hectares it is the largest master planned city in Australia and the first city of its kind since Canberra. Over the past few decades the area has transformed from rural farming to a vibrant community. Construction is still ongoing, however by 2030 it hopes to be home to approximately 105,000 residents.

2010 - 2015: Greater Springfield’s transformation

John Biviano, managing director of nearmap for Australia, says Australia is experiencing a massive facelift at every corner.

"GIS tools are critical to this process.

"GIS tools that help provide added insights to help data driven decisions."


Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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