3D Aquifer Visualisations

The Bureau of Meteorology have partnered with State and Commonwealth agencies to develop interactive 3D visualisations of groundwater systems for select regions around the country. These visualisations allow you to interact with the data and interrogate groundwater systems in 3D. They are provided as easy to use interactive PDFs. Gain insights into your chosen area, such as:

  • The thickness and extent of aquifers and aquitards in the region
  • The location of groundwater bores and the aquifers that they target
  • Discover which Groundwater Management Areas are in the region
  • Discover what land use is occurring at the surface
  • Cut virtual cross-sections through the aquifers

The Bureau makes this complex 3D data freely available online and offline, without the need for specialised software, with the aim of increasing community understanding of groundwater resources.

3D Aquifer Visualisations are available for the regions listed in the table below.
Note: 3D refers to 3D geovolume blocks of aquifers and 2.5D refers to scenes with surface elevations only.

Click on the region you wish to view to download the PDF. Then save the PDF locally on your machine to open and enable the interactive features.

State / Territory Model Region Format
Australia Great Artesian Basin 3D
Murray Basin 3D
Otway Basin 3D
ACT ACT 2.5D
New South Wales Lower Namoi 2.5D
Northern Territory Cambrian Limestone Aquifers 3D
South Australia Northern Yorke 2.5D
St Vincent Basin 3D
Tasmania Ringarooma 2.5D
Queensland Galilee Basin 2.5D
Western Australia Gnangara 3D


Supporting Documentation
3D Visualisation Legend

This document provides a description of the legend for data displayed in the visualisation.

3D Visualisation Help Guide

This document provides instructions on how to navigate the 3D visualisation and its functionalities.


Australian Groundwater Explorer

To view the visualisation regions in a map, visit Australian Groundwater Explorer and click the 3D icon above the map. Here you will also find additional information such as bore locations, water level hydrographs, salinity and hydrogeochemistry.


National Groundwater Information System

The underlying spatial data including the geovolumes, georasters, bores and bore lines is available from the National Groundwater Information System.


Need more help?

For more information contact groundwater@bom.gov.au.



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