Skip to content

Web Services

Web Map Services and Web Feature Services

Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS) provide a way of delivering geoscience maps and data using established internet protocols developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium.

WMS and WMTS services deliver spatial information as map images (eg, JPEG, PNG). Features displayed in the map images can be queried to view descriptive information.

WFS services deliver data in a standard XML format. Data from some WFS services can also be downloaded as CSV, Shapefile, KML, and JSON. WFS data may be structured according to standard, community-agreed schemas. For example, Australian geoscience agencies deliver WFS data using the Australian standard schemas MinOccML and MineralTenementML for mineral occurrences and mineral tenements; and the international standards GeoSciML and EarthResourceML for boreholes, mines and mineral resources.

The URL's given below for WMS, WMTS and WFS services are "service endpoint" URL's. They will not resolve in a simple web browser (like Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox). The service endpoint URL's should be used in desktop mapping applications (eg, QGIS, ArcGIS, MapInfo) and specialised web portals like the Geoscience Portal.

The availability and currency of the web services listed below is not guaranteed. Please refer to individual agency websites for the conditions of use of data.

Web Services Directory (WMS versions 1.1.1 & 1.3.0):

The directory includes:
1:1M and 1:2.5M scale Surface Geology
http://services.ga.gov.au/site_1/services/GA_Surface_Geology/MapServer/WMSServer
Geological Provinces
http://services.ga.gov.au/site_3/services/Geological_Provinces_2013/MapServer/WMSServer
National Geophysical Grids
http://services.ga.gov.au/site_9/services/Geophysical_Grids/MapServer/WMSServer
Onshore Seismic Surveys
http://services.ga.gov.au/site_9/services/Onshore_Seismic_Surveys/MapServer/WMSServer
Scanned 250K Geological Maps
http://services.ga.gov.au/site_9/services/Scanned_250k_Geological_Map_Index/MapServer/WMSServer
Topography and Infrastructure
http://services.ga.gov.au/site_7/services/Topographic_Base_Map/MapServer/WMSServer
Other web services:
Rock Properties
WMS (v1.1.0, v1.3.0) - http://www.ga.gov.au/geophysics-rockpropertypub-gws/ga_rock_properties_wms/ows 
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://www.ga.gov.au/geophysics-rockpropertypub-gws/ga_rock_properties_wfs/ows

Airborne geophysical surveys
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://GISSDI.DMP.WA.GOV.AU/GISexternal/services/External/Airborne_Geophysics_External/MapServer/WMSServer

Geoscience datasets - including geological units, structures, regolith, geochronology
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://GISSDI.DMP.WA.GOV.AU/GISexternal/services/External/Geoscience_External/MapServer/WMSServer

Minerals data - including mineral fields, deposits, tenements
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://GISSDI.DMP.WA.GOV.AU/GISexternal/services/External/Mineral_External/MapServer/WMSServer

Petroleum and geothermal data - including titles, wells, oil and gas fields, pipelines
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://GISSDI.DMP.WA.GOV.AU/GISexternal/services/External/Petroleum_External/MapServer/WMSServer

Administration data - including coastline, map grids and graticule
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://GISSDI.DMP.WA.GOV.AU/GISexternal/services/External/Administration_External/MapServer/WMSServer

Imagery - topographic, relief, geological, geophysical and Aster map images
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://gissdi.dmp.wa.gov.au/GISexternal/services/External/Imagery_External/MapServer/WMSServer

Boreholes, Mines, Mineral Occurrences, Mineral Tenements (GeoSciML, EarthResourceML, MinOccML, MineralTenementML)
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://geossdi.dmp.wa.gov.au/services/wfs
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://geossdi.dmp.wa.gov.au/services/wms

State geoscience and tenure WMS Services Directory - includes web services for geology, administrative areas, boreholes, resources, and geophysics

Other services for Queensland including land and topography are available by searching the QSpatial catalogue at:

Boreholes (GeoSciML)
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://geology.information.qld.gov.au/geoserver/wms
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://geology.information.qld.gov.au/geoserver/wfs


Image - including geological and geophysical map images
WMS (v1.3.0) - http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/erdas-iws/ogc/wms

Boreholes, Mines, Mineral Occurrences, Mineral Tenements, and other geological features (GeoSciML, EarthResourceML, MinOccML, MineralTenementML)

WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/web-services/wms
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/web-services/wfs

1:50K and 1:250K geological map
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://geology.data.vic.gov.au/services/mapping/wms

Boreholes, Mines, Mineral Occurrences, Mineral Tenements (GeoSciML, EarthResourceML, MinOccML, MineralTenementML)
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://geology.data.vic.gov.au/nvcl/wms
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://geology.data.vic.gov.au/nvcl/wfs

Mines and mineral occurrences (EarthResourceML)
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://geology.data.vic.gov.au/services/earthresourceml/wfs

Boreholes (GeoSciML)
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://geology.data.vic.gov.au/services/geosciml/borehole/wfs

Geophysical Imagery
WMS (v1.1.1, 1.3.0) - http://geoscience.nt.gov.au/ecwp/ecw_wms.dll

Boreholes, Mines, Mineral Occurrences, Mineral Tenements (GeoSciML, EarthResourceML, MinOccML, MineralTenementML)
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - http://geology.data.nt.gov.au/geoserver/wms
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - http://geology.data.nt.gov.au/geoserver/wfs

Petroleum Tenements
WMTS (v1.1.0, v1.1.1) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Petroleum_Tenements/wms
WFS (v1.0.0, v1.1.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Petroleum_Tenements/wfs

Geothermal Tenements
WMTS (v1.1.0, v1.1.1) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Geothermal_Tenements/wms
WFS (v1.0.0, v1.1.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Geothermal_Tenements/wfs

Geoscience Data - geology units, structures, geological provinces, regolith, paleodrainage systems
WMTS (v1.1.0, v1.1.1) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Geology/wms
WFS (v1.0.0, v1.1.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Geology/wfs

Geophysical Surveys - includes airborne EM survey areas/lines, airborne radiometric/magnetic survey areas, electrical survey and state gravity stations
WMTS (v1.1.0, v1.1.1) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Geophysical_Data/wms
WFS (v1.0.0, v1.1.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Geophysical_Data/wfs

Mineral Drillholes, Petroleum and Geothermal Wells
WMTS (v1.1.0, v1.1.1) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Drillholes/wms
WFS (v1.0.0, v1.1.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Drillholes/wfs

Mineral Rock Sample Sites - geochemistry, calcrete, petrology, biostratigraphy sample locations
WMTS (v1.1.0, v1.1.1) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Sampling_Analyses/wms
WFS (v1.0.0, v1.1.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/geoserver/Sampling_Analyses/wfs

Boreholes, Mines, Mineral Occurrences, Mineral Tenements (GeoSciML, EarthResourceML, MinOccML, MineralTenementML)
WMS (v1.1.1, v1.3.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/nvcl/geoserver/wms
WFS (v1.1.0, v2.0.0) - https://sarigdata.pir.sa.gov.au/nvcl/geoserver/wfs

Boreholes (GeoSciML)
http://auscope.dpi.nsw.gov.au/geoserver/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities