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Maps on this page have been generated from Coastal Risk Australia's site which uses Google Earth Engine and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report scenarios for sea level rise this century.

Maps show inundation levels at the highest tides based on a 0.74 metre sea level rise.

In the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report (2013/14) this was regarded as a high end scenario for 2100. More recent studies indicate that this level may be reached substantially before 2100, and that 2100 sea level rise may reach more like 2 metres, with far worse impacts accordingly. The Coastal Risk Australia website also allows you to model up to 2 metres sea level rise. 

These maps make (very painfully) clear some of what Australia has to lose from sea level rise, and how important it is both to take serious action to minimise the amount of human-caused climate change, and to take seriously the need to adapt to the climate change we are unable to avoid. 

If you need a larger version of any image just go to Coastal Risk Australia and type in the location to the search box.

Note the disclaimers on the site: these are predictions; reality may very well prove even worse without rapid climate action in Australia and internationally.

This page has some maps for major infrastructure, and then maps by Federal electorate.

Our own disclaimers: Images belong to Google and to Coastal Risk Australia. Please do advise of any possible errors, including where the maps need some interpretation. (For example, some maps on Coastal Risk Australia's site show blue across elevated railways or roads where local knowledge fairly clearly indicates this refers only to the land underneath; let us know if in error we may have included any infrastructure in this category as flooded).

Infrastructure

Airports | Roads | Rail | Ports

Federal Electorates

Bonner | Bowman | Brisbane | Capricornia | Dawson | Dickson | Fadden | Fairfax | Fisher | Flynn | Forde | Griffith | Herbert | Hinkler | Kennedy | Leichhardt | Lilley | Longman | Macpherson | Moncrieff | Oxley | Petrie | Wide Bay

Infrastructure

Airports

With 0.74 metres sea level rise Cairns airport would be completely flooded at high tides (in common with much of the rest of Cairns as seen later on this page): 

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Mackay airport would experience substantial flooding at high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise, in common with access roads and surrounding homes:

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Hamilton Island airport  would also be largely flooded:

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The runway at Townsville airport would be just above high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise, but would be largely surrounded by water: 

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Runways at Sunshine Coast airport would remain just above high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise, but access roalds as well as local streets would be flooded:

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The aerodrome at Redcliffe would be completely flooded:

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The runway at Brisbane airport would have its centre just above the water, but its sides flooded at high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise, as well as flooding affecting access in the area:

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Gold Coast airport runway would remain just above high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise, but access would be restricted including by flooding on the M1:

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Roads

As noted above, the M1 where it dives under the runway at Gold Coast Airport would be exposed to flooding at high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise. Here's a closer look:

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The M2 would experience flooding at Arundel

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and at Biggera

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The M1 would also experience flooding at Pacific Pines:

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at Upper Coomera:

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at Hemmant:

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at Murarrie

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at Nudgee:

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The Bruce Highway would experience flooding including at Mackay:

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and nearby at Bakers Creek:

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and at Sandy Creek:

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at Gunyarra near Proserpine:

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at Alligator Creek near Townsville:

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and at Townsville itself:

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The Eastern Busway at Stones Corner in Brisbane would experience flooding at high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise:

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The M7 would also experience flooding at Rocklea:

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Rail

On the Gold Coast, 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tide to the rail line at Helensvale:

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 and at Pacific Pines:

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On the line from Brisbane to Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast and north, 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides at Bald Hills:

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and at Petrie:

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There would also be flooding of the rail line at some points further north such as at Bakers Creek near Mackay:

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On the Redcliffe Peninsula line, 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides at Rothwell (yes that's a railway station in the middle):

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and at Kippa-Ring:

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On the Shorncliffe line, 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides at Nudgee

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and at Deagon

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On the Cleveland line, 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides at Coorparoo:

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at Hemmant:

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and at Lota:

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Ports

Rail access to the Port of Brisbane would be affected by many of the points of flooding at high tides on the Cleveland line indicated above. Once the port access line leaves the suburban network it would also be flooded by high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise:

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The Port of Brisbane Motorway and other access roads would also experience flooding at high tides, close to the port:

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and in other locations including Hemmant:

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Access to the port of Mackay would be flooded by high tides with 0.74 metres of sea level rise:

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Rail access to the Hay Point port would be flooded at Sarina:

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Port Alma would be flooded including the port facilities and the salt evaporator:

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Access to the Port of Townsville would be flooded at high tides:

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At 0.74 metres sea level rise, some flooding at high tides would be experienced for the Port of Gladstone rail facilities (the port access road although showing blue on the map is elevated and would probably not be flooded at this level; but coal of course comes to the port by rail):

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There would also be some flooding at the newer port facilities to the west of the town although at 0.74 metres sea level rise it appears this would not to be quite enough to block access:

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Federal electorates

Bonner

0.74 metres sea level rise would mean substantial flooding of streets and properties at high tides in Hemmant:

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in Tingalpa

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in Wynnum 

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and some flooding in Manly

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Bowman

0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides to streets and properties in Birkdale:

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as well as some flooding in Cleveland

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Thorneside

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and Victoria Point

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Brisbane

0.74 metres sea level rise would mean flooding of streets and properties at high tides in Albion

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Bowen Hills

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Milton

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New Farm

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Newstead

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and Windsor

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Capricornia

0.74 metres sea level rise would mean flooding of streets and properties at high tides in Yeppoon:

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There would also be flooding at high tides at Kinka Beach

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At Keppel Sands homes and the local school would be flooded at high tides, as well as access to the town via Keppel Sands Road:

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Dawson

As shown earlier on this page, 0.74 metres sea level rise would mean flooding at high tides affecting access to the Port of Mackay and flooding of Mackay airport  as well as several locations on the Bruce Highway.

There would also be substantial flooding in the township of Mackay:

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0.74 metres sea level rise would also mean flooding at high tides in Bowen:

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Dickson

0.74 metres of sea level rise would mean flooding at high tides for rail and road links at Lawnton

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and at Strathpine

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Fadden

0.74 metres of sea level rise would mean extensive flooding at high tides of streets and properties at Biggera Waters:

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at Hope Island

 

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at Labrador

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at Paradise Point

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and also widespread flooding at Steiglitz

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Fairfax

0.74 metres of sea level rise would mean flooding at high tides of streets and numerous properties at Maroochydore

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at Mudjimba 

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and at Brightwater

 

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and would also flood the road and farmlands between Mudjimba and BliBli

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Fisher

0.74 metres sea level rise would see flooding of many streets and some properties at high tides at Mooloolaba:

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and Golden Beach

 

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as well as flooding some properties and cutting major access roads at Wurtulla 

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and flooding local streets and access roads at Currimundi:

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Flynn

As shown earlier on this page 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides affecting access to the port facilities at Gladstone. There would also be flooding of some streets and properties in the town:

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Forde

As shown earlier on this page, with 0.74 metres sea level rise the M1 would experience flooding at Upper Coomera at high tides.

0.74 metres sea level rise would also mean flooding of numerous rural properties and roads in Carbrook at high tides:

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and also flooding for the Tamborine-Oxenforde road at the Coomera River:

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Griffith

0.74 metres sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides to some streets and properties in Bulimba and Morningside:

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as well as in East Brisbane, Norman Park and Coorparoo

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Herbert

Earlier on this page showed flooding at high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise affecting the port and airport in Townsville. There would also be substantial flooding in the town itself: 

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Hinkler

Bundaberg would have only modest amounts of flooding of streets and properties at high tides with 0.74 metres of sea level rise but more extensive flooding would occur with any increases in sea level rise beyond that

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At Burrum Heads 0.74 metres of sea level rise would bring significant flooding of properties and streets: 

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The road from Maryborough to Hervey Bay would be flooded by high tides at Susan River:

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Kennedy

0.74 metres of sea level rise would bring some flooding at high tides to properties and local streets in Innisfail: 

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There would also be some flooding at high tides in Burketown including flooding affecting access via National Highway 1:

Burketown.jpgHighway 1 would also experience flooding near Normanton

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Leichhardt

As noted earlier on this page, 0.74 metres sea level rise would mean Cairns airport would be completely closed to international and domestic flights by flooding at high tides. Cairns itself would also experience extensive flooding:

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Near Cooktown the Mulligan Highway would also experience flooding at high tides:

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At Port Douglas there would be significant flooding of streets and properties at high tides with 0.74 metres sea level rise:

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Lilley

Earlier on this page we saw that 0.74 metres of sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides to major road links and the rail line in Nudgee. There would also be flooding of local streets and properties in Nudgee and at Eagle Farm as well as the flooding already discussed at Brisbane Airport:

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0.74 metres of sea level rise would also bring flooding at high tides to Sandgate

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and at Shorncliffe

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Longman

0.74 metres of sea level rise would bring flooding at high tides to streets and properties on several areas of  Bribie Island:

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as well as at Beachmere

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at the northern end of Donnybrook

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and in parts of Sandstone Point

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Macpherson

 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring widespread flooding at high tides of  properties and streets in Currumbin

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and Palm Beach 

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There would also be flooding of streets in Merrimac

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and flooding of streets and the rail line at Robina:

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Moncrieff

 0.74 metres sea level rise would bring widespread flooding at high tides of residential and commercial properties and streets in Southport

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and in Surfers Paradise

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as well as flooding of parks and reserves and roads, as well as the railway line, around Carrara: 

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Oxley

As noted earlier on this page, 0.74 metres sea level rise would see high tides flooding the Ipswich Motorway  / M7 at Rocklea.

Petrie

0.74 metres of sea level rise would see high tides flooding streets and numerous properties in Rothwell, Scarborough, Kippa-Ring and Clontarf:

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There would also be flooding at high tides in Deception Bay

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and in Griffin

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Wide Bay

 At Noosa Heads and particularly at Noosaville, 0.74 metres sea level rise would see properties and streets flooded at high tides.

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There would also be flooding at high tides for some streets and a small number of properties in Tin Can Bay:

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