Australian Population Explorer

This simple interactive map displays the population distribution of Australia.

The higher the pipe, the higher the population density beneath that hexagon.

Use the mouse buttons to zoom, pan and rotate the map.
Use the toggles below to change properties of hex bins which display population.

This visualisation is supported in browsers that support WebGL, a method of generating dynamic 3D graphics using JavaScript, accelerated through hardware.
These include:
Safari 9 and above.
Chrome latest.
Firefox latest.

This toggle modifies the radius of hexagon bin size (metres). The higher this value, the higher geographic area contained in the hexagon bin (and thus, fewer bins across Australia). A lower value will highlight areas of high population density as vertical spikes.
This value reduces the visual coverage of the hexagons for a value between 0.5 (50% of hexagon radius) and 1 (100% of hexagon radius). It is purely visual and has no effect on the hexagon binning. This is useful for visualising spatial trends in very dense areas as it reduces clutter and visual overlap.
Filter bins and re-calculate color by Lower Percentile. Increasing this value will reveal hexagons containing high volumes of population. For example, a value of 90 means that approximately 90% of other hexagon bins have fewer people than the ones shown. A value of 99 means these hexagons are in the top 1% of population density for Australia.

This toggles population data shown in the map between Australian Census years. Note that in 2016, the Digital Census used an alternate address-matching system to the previous two years, among several other differences. Even better excuse to spot the differences!


Data source: Mesh block population - ABS 2006, 2011 and 2016 Census

Author: Oliver Lock