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Soil maps

Use soil mapping to take a look at the condition of NSW soils.

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NSW soil map Land systems of western NSW No mapping available No mapping available No mapping available No mapping available No mapping available Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment Armidale Baan Baa Bathurst Bega Blackville Braidwood Cooma Cootamundra Coffs Harbour Canberra Curlewis Dorrigo Dubbo Dungog Eden Forbes Gosford - Lake Macquarie Goulburn Holbrook Katoomba Kempsey - Korogoro Point Kiama Lismore - Ballina Liverpool plains north Liverpool plains west Macksville - Nambucca Michelago Murrurundi Murwillumbah - Tweed Heads Narooma Newcastle Penrith Port Stephens Singleton St Albans Sydney Tamworth Wagga Wagga Wallerawang Wollongong - Port Hacking Woodburn

Since the mid 1980s there have been three major streams of soil mapping activity in NSW:

  • the Soil and Land Resources Series
  • the Soil Landscape Series
  • Land Systems Mapping. 

These aim to evaluate the nature and condition of the State's soil resources as required by the NSW Soil Conservation Act 1938.

Soil and Land Resources Series

This new State-wide standard for soil mapping combines both previously published and new areas. It is based on Catchment Management Authority (CMA) boundaries or areas of State significance. Future publications will be based on targeted regions of the State where soil and land information is vital for land use planning and infrastructure development.

Soil Landscape Series

This program consisted of two major components:

  • 1:250,000 scale for broad-acre agriculture, mainly in the wheat-sheep belt
  • 1:100,000 scale for areas under intense land use pressure or change, such as coastal and urban/peri-urban areas and regions of intensive cropping.

Colleciton of soil landscape information under the program ceased in 2005 and, in 2010, the last of 39 paired soil landscape maps and reports was published.

Land Systems Mapping

This broadscale mapping of the Western Division of NSW was carried out in the mid 1980s to delineate areas or groups of areas with recurring patterns of topography, soils and vegetation. The maps and associated report cover the entire Division at 1:250,000 scale, and are available as digital map data plus an associated report.

Digital soil maps

Digital soil map data is available from the OEH spatial data online access site in ESRI shapefile format.


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Page last updated: 03 November 2015