Queensland Globe help

The Queensland Globe help pages are designed to provide you with answers to the most frequently asked questions along with some assistance in using the most advanced features of the application.

We suggest that you Take Tour on the welcome page of the Queensland Globe to familiarise yourself with the main features of the application before using the links provided in the table of contents below for additional information.

A complete list of layers is available in the The Queensland Globe Layer Catalogue V1.0.9 current 18 December 2017 and will be regularly updated.

Based on feedback some information layers have been placed in new categories in the layer list. Layers that were in the Feature Globes in the original Globe are also placed in categories in the layer list.

Please refer to this file (Changed.CSV) to see which layers have been moved, and this file (No change.CSV) to see which layers have remained in place. We continue to encourage your feedback and participation in creating the best possible Queensland Globe – email us at opendata@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

The Queensland Globe is continuing its program of improvements and updates with the latest release 2.3 available now. Most of the improvements in the release are targeted to operate on the desktop/laptop PC version only at this time, to aid users working with their own data.

Customer feedback has guided the development of a number of new features that are designed to increase efficiency and usability, these include:

  • Improved add your own data functionality (PC)
  • Export KML, GeoJSON and CSV files (PC & tablet)
  • Printing improvements (PC)
  • Display coordinates as Lat/Long or MGA (PC)
  • Access to Google Street View where available(PC)
  • Login with ArcGIS online (PC, tablet and mobile phone)

Improved add your own data functionality

Improvements have been made to the importing of KML, KMZ and CSV files. They are now handled as layers with attributes (previously came in as places). These user added layers can be identified like other layers in the globe. The size limits have also been increased up to 1MB file size and up to 2500 features. It is not possible to have embedded images or references from the file displayed in the globe. Icon images will display if they reference a publicly available web address.

There are now new web map service types that are supported in the Globe, including OGC services (WMS and WMTS). WFS is not supported at this time. Also it is not possible to identify using a WMTS. These formats are in addition to the existing supported web service types. The known limitations are:

  • WMS - handles up to 9 sublayers
  • WMS - when using identify a precise point is needed, a buffer will not provide a result
  • WMS - services needing a username and password are not supported
  • WMTS - cannot identify on this service as the functionality is currently unsupported
  • WMS/WMTS - services need to be in the Web Mercator projection to match the basemap spatial reference

Click on the ADD MY DATA button at the bottom of the Layers panel to drag and drop, browse or paste a URL of your data into the Globe (image below).

add my data

Export KML, GeoJSON and CSV files

There are a number of areas in QLD Globe where downloading to a CSV, KML or GeoJSON file is now possible.

  • Add your item of interest to Places and download directly from the Places panel
  • Use the identify tool and click on an area of interest to bring up the layers panel, you can download the count of layers as a CSV or select your item of interest in the layers panel to bring up the features panel (image below) then download all the attributes as a KML, GeoJSON or CSV.
  • Use the Query layer attributes function to download as per above.

Please note: The limit on download size is 1000 rows, GeoJSON/KML files will export a maximum of 50,000 vertices.

download data

Printing Improvements

The new printing screen (image below) includes more options and functionality to customise your final output.

You can now move the map inside the print preview window, by enabling the zoom controls using the lock icon on the bottom right corner of the map.

You can also add titles, notes and a description as well as print to portrait or landscape format. You can print in 2D or 3D and choose between A4 and A3 with or without a legend. You also have the choice of creating the print output to a pdf or a png file format. If you select pdf, you can then print to the device of your choice using the printer settings on your device.

 print preview

Other improvements

Coordinates: The coordinates displayed on the left hand corner of the map window can now be toggled between Latitude/Longitude and MGA coordinates. Click on the coordinates to change their format.

Street View: Access Street View through the Places panel. Once you have added an item to places, expand it by selecting the drop down arrow and then select the Open Google Street View link which will open up in a new browser window and take you directly to the street view of the location you saved in Places (where the Street View images have been captured).

ArcGIS Login: Sign in via the additional option of an ArcGIS online account. This option is getting ready for planned future functionality

To identify these layers that can be queried by attributes look for:
Query attributes

To use layer attributes follow the instructions below:

  1. Open layers
  2. Toogle the Toggle down on the right hand side of the layer name to expand menu options
  3. Select the
    Query attributes
  4. For this example we will query the Land parcel tenures layer
  5. Select attribute, operator and search critera
    Query layer
  6. Click QUERY LAYER
  7. The results from your query are returned
    Query result
  8. Expand to view further details
    Query result detail

Query layer attributes video

Queensland globe allows you to show the elevation profile of the terrain available in the 3D view (on 3D compatible devices).

To display the terrain profile:

  1. Toogle from 2D to 3D view
    3D view
  2. Using the line tool from the toolbar toolbar draw a line on the map
  3. View the line you created in
  4. Expand to view further options, select
    Show profile using surface terrain
  5. View the profile
    Elevation profile
  6. Click and drag the point to move along the length of your line
    Elevation profile

How to view an elevation profile video

Frequently asked questions

You can pin an icon for Queensland Globe to your smartphone ot tablet screen for quick access. So rather than having to open a browser and enter the web address, you can simply click on the Queensland Globe icon on your home screen to open it.


  • Launch Chrome and type in http://qldglobe.information.qld.gov.au
  • Tap the menu
  • Tap Add to Home Screen
  • You will be able to enter a name for the shortcut
  • Then Chrome will add the shortcut to your home screen

Other popular Android browsers like Firefox for Android also offer this feature.

iPhone & iPad

  • Launch the Safari browser on Apple's iOS and navigate to the website or web page you want to add to your home screen
  • Tap the Share button on the browser's toolbar - that's the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward Apple share
    it's on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on the bar at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Tap the Add to Home Screen icon in the Share menu Add shortcut
  • You'll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add button
    Add to home screen
  • The shortcut can be dragged around and placed anywhere, including in app folders - just like a normal app icon
    (To create app folders on iOS, touch-and-drag an app's icon onto another app's icon and hold it there for a moment)
  • When you tap the icon, it will load the website in a normal tab inside the Safari browser app Shortcut

The Queensland Globe’s move from the Google Earth platform was an outcome of Google deprecating the technology and no longer supporting it. As a result some features provided by Google Earth like flight simulators, google tours, directions and time slider of historic imagery are not available in the new Queensland Globe. The new web based platform allows the Queensland Globe to be easily accessible on multiple devices and evolve over time. The new Queensland Globe will continue to have updates and features added into the future.

You may have noticed that the way you discover information regarding the data layers has changed.

To find out more information on how to discover information within Queensland Globe, we recommend that you Take Tour found on the front page. This provides an overview of globe menu's, features and functionality within the system.

Should you require more specific information after the tour, email us at opendata@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

  1. On the menu, select Topics.
    Topics menu button
  2. Check Property in the list of Topics.
    Property topic
  3. On the menu, select Layers.
    Layer menu button
  4. Select Valuation, Strata parcel and Volumetric parcel from the list of Layers by clicking on the eye icons.
    reveal valuation layer
    Note: Depending on your zoom level, the eye may display on a grey background rather than a blue background. This will adjust dynamically as you zoom in closer and the Valuation layers become visible.
  5. Either navigate to the place you are interested in, or select Search on the menu
    Search menu button
  6. Choose your desired search method from the list of options.
    Search methods
  7. Type in the street address, lot and plan or Property ID of the place you are interested in, then hit enter or click the magnifying glass. The results list will dynamically update as you enter the details of your search, and you can then select the desired place from the results.
    Search methods
  8. The place will now be identified on the main Queensland Globe window. As you zoom in to the property more information will become available.
    • White label - Property ID number
    • Green label - new valuation (visible during revaluation period)
    • Gold label - current valuation
      A parcel displaying valuation labels

To discover more detailed information

To discover more detailed information regarding that land valuation you can use the Identify tool.

  1. Select the Spanner (top right) to pop out the toolbar.
    Open the tool bar
  2. Select the Identify tool from the toolbar array.
    Identify tool
  3. The Identify menu gives you a number of options. Click Select First Item.
    A parcel displaying valuation labels
  4. Select Valuation layer
    Select the valuation layer
  5. Having selected the Identify tool and the Select First Item option, click back on the place of interest.
    Select the valuation layer
  6. This will display the Attributes menu for the place selected.
    View the attributes of the land parcel
  7. Using the Left and Right arrows at the top of the menu, you can click through various bundles of information to find the attributes of interest, and also gain access to other tools.
    Displays attributes

  1. Click on the Layers button
  2. Click Add layers
    Add layers button
  3. Type 'Registered water bores', then hit enter
    Search layers for a Registered Water bore
  4. Turn on the 'Registered water bores (DNRME and private)'
    Select Registered water bore
  5. Zoom to required location.
  6. Select the Identify in the tool bar
  7. Click on the desired bore
  8. Click 'Registered water bores (DNRME and private)'
  9. Click on the bore number
  10. Select the 'Bore report' link at the bottom of the 'Attributes'

  1. Select Layers
    layers button
  2. Select Add layers
    Add layers button
  3. Filter for land parcel
    Filter land parcel
  4. Select land parcels layer
    Select land parcels
  5. Zoom to area of interest
    Zoom to area
  6. Select the Identify tool
    Select identify tool
  7. Select land parcel
    Select land parcel
  8. Select land parcels layer
    Select land parcel layer
  9. Select lot
    Select lot
  10. Scroll down to select Information and products
    Information and products
  11. Select lot
    Select information and products lot
  12. Select title search link
    Select title search

Login first before you create your map to ensure your work can be saved and shared.

  1. Select Login or sign up
  2. Select account or sign up
    Select land parcel
  3. Create your map with additional layers, web services, zoom level, tools and places as required.
    Add layers button Tool bar
  4. Select maps
    Maps button
  5. When you are ready to save your map select save as, type a relevant map name, then click ok to save
    Maps save as
  6. To share a map select the drop down on your saved map
    Map drop down
  7. Select share
    Share my map
  8. Select next
    Select next to share
  9. Share your map via email, Facebook, Twitter or copy the URL
    Share your map

  1. Select Layers
    layers button
  2. Select Add layers
    Add layers button
  3. Type Survey control and select blue icon to filter
    Survey control search
  4. Select Survey control
    Select Survey Control
  5. Use drawing tools or identify tool to select survey mark/s
  6. Select survey mark/s
    Survey Mark
  7. Select appropriate survey mark category
    Survey mark layer
  8. Select survey mark number
    Survey mark number
  9. Scroll down and select Survey report
    Survey report
  10. Select survey mark number
    Survey mark number
  11. Select survey report link
    Survey report link

The Queensland Globe has been designed to work on a range of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The Queensland Globe is a system that has high quality imagery and data that is best experienced on late model smartphones and tablets. Personal computers with either Windows 7, 8 or 10 are supported.

Unsupported devices include:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.7.0 (2012)
  2. iPad 3 (2012)