Soil Maps of Tasmania

​Over a 27 year period (1940 - 1967), the CSIRO Division of Soils, Adelaide undertook a series of reconnaissance (small scale) soil surveys and some more detailed (large scale) soil surveys of the agricultural land in Tasmania. These maps and reports form the basis of our current knowledge and understanding of the distribution and types of soils within Tasmania. However, until recently most of this information was out of print and of limited availability, the terminology was dated and inconsistencies in map units existed across map sheets.

In response to increasing demand for soil information, and to add value to the existing Reconnaissance maps, the then Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (DPIWE) and the Natural Heritage Trust, put together a project to correlate, update and reprint the Reconnaissance soil maps and reports.

The majority of the Reconnaissance soil maps have now been updated and reprinted and are available from Service Tasmania shops. The other soil maps including the more detailed surveys may be accessed through the Department Libraries at Mt Pleasant laboratories (Launceston) . 

The revised soil maps are also available digitally as clickable maps through the LIST server.

Index Map of the 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Surveys of Tasmania

List of Publications available from Service Tasmania​

 South Esk 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 986Kb)

 Longford 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 973Kb)

 Quamby 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 986Kb)

 Sorell 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 689Kb)

 Buckland 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 881Kb)

 Brighton 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 989Kb)

 Hobart 1:100 000 Reconnassance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 1Mb)

 Ellendale 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 926Kb)

 Burnie Table Cape 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 1Mb)

 Beaconsfield-George Town 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 1Mb)

 Oatlands 1:100 000 Reconnaissance Soil Map of Tasmania (PDF 976Kb)

Detailed soil maps within Tasmania