Get data

To use the Geofabric please download or access the data.

Data formats

The Geofabric is available in an Esri File Geodatabase format.

Systems must be compatible with Esri ArcGIS 9.3 or above.

Download the Geofabric data from the Geofabric FTP site. Nationally available Version 2 products are available under the base level Geofabric ftp directory. Version 3 products, including 4 drainage divisions and a National V3.0.5 Beta product can be found under the version3 subfolder.

For those users who do not have access to Esri's ArcGIS, the Geofabric can be supplied as ESRI Shapefiles on request by emailing

Web services

Version 2 Geofabric is available as Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS). Access the Web Services.

The Geofabric Web Services User Guide (1.4Mb) explains how to connect to the Geofabric.

Sample toolset

A sample toolset has been developed to perform the common hydrological task of creating catchments for a set of user defined points using the Geofabric with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop. Download the Sample toolset from the Geofabric FTP site. The Sample toolset tutorial (4.2Mb) provides instructions on how to use the standard workflow tools in the toolset.

Access to, and use of the Geofabric should comply with the Creative Commons Attribution Australia Licence.

Network Ghost Node Monitoring Points

A Version 2 Network Ghost Node Beta Monitoring Point package  is available which links to Water Data Online (WDO) time series data. Use of these monitoring points with the sample toolset enables bulk download of WDO time series data records in a package ready for use with related Geofabric features. Version 3 includes monitoring points within the Surface Hydrology Network product, with attribution that provides the same capability.

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