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Sydney and Hawkesbury River, Australia – February 22nd, 2011

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February 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Australia - February 1st, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the hilly area around Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia. The city is located along the southeast coast by the Tasman Sea.

Visible to the north of the city is the Hawkesbury River, also known as Deerubbun, is one of the major rivers of the coastal region of New South Wales. The river and its tributaries virtually encircle the metropolitan region of Sydney.

Plains and Mountainous Plateaux Around Sydney, Australia

33.8S 151.2E

December 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - November 30th, 2009

Australia - November 30th, 2009

Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, is the largest city in Australia. It is located on low hills on the country’s southeast coast along an inlet of the Tasman Sea, in the lower half of this orthorectified image.

Sydney’s urban area is in a coastal basin, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the East, the Blue Mountains to the West, the Hawkesbury River to the North and the Royal National Park to the South. It lies on a submergent coastline, where the ocean level has risen to flood deep river valleys (ria) carved in the hawkesbury sandstone. Port Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is one such ria and is the largest natural harbour in the world.

Geographically, Sydney lies over two regions: the Cumberland Plain, a relatively flat region lying to the south and west of the harbour, and the Hornsby Plateau, a sandstone plateau lying mainly to the north of the harbour and dissected by steep valleys. The parts of the city with the oldest European development are located in the flat areas south of the harbour. The North Shore was slower to develop because of its hilly topography and lack of access across the harbour.