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Google timelapse shows development of Cairns over past 30 years

A new feature by Google paints a fascinating timelapse picture of Cairns each year from 1984 to 2016.

(Google's Timelapse only works on desktop browsers. Mobile users can scroll down to see our video loop of the Cairns timelapse)


Thanks to the technical wizardry of the computer boffins at Google and some very clever university researchers, you can now see the march of progress in Cairns in a brilliant new way.

The Timelapse feature was developed by combing over 5 million satellite images acquired over the past three decades by five different satellites.

In the Timelapse of Cairns above, you can spot the arrival of Marlin Marina and the Pier shopping complex, the expansion of suburbs like Redlynch and Kanimbla, and the rapid growth in the Northern Beaches.

Scroll around, change the speed, zoom in and out and marvel at the changes in our city through the decades.



 

Mobile users can watch this video loop of the Cairns timelapse