The leafiest suburbs and cities in Australia revealed – and the least leafiest
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New research has revealed the Sunshine State actually offers a lot of shade, with Brisbane topping a list of Australia’s leafiest capital cities.

Analysis by Nearmap, which used aerial imagery and location intelligence to look at 5000 suburbs around the country, found 79% of people in Greater Brisbane live in areas with total tree cover of more than 20%.

Within the region, the greenest suburb was Sheldon, southeast of Brisbane in the City of Redland, with two-thirds of the suburb covered in trees.

The inner-Brisbane suburb of Bardon was one of the city’s leafiest. Picture: Nearmap

Mount Crosby was next, with 60% tree cover, followed by Burbank, which neighbours Sheldon, at 55%.

The leafiest suburb closest to the Brisbane CBD was Bardon, with 34% tree cover.

After Brisbane, Hobart was the next leafiest capital, with 71% of people living in green areas, followed by Darwin at 66%, the ACT at 58% and Greater Sydney at 44%.

Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth were the least green, with 30%, 26% and 22% of people respectively living in suburbs with more than 20 per cent tree cover.

Brisbane ranked as Australia’s leafiest capital city. Picture: Getty Images

Despite being one of the least shady cities overall, Melbourne can lay claim to being home to the leafiest suburb in Australia, with Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges east of the capital, coming in at number one on the list.

It has 71% tree cover, 5% more than Brisbane’s Sheldon.

Other suburbs rounding out of the top five leafiest locales in Australia were North Warrandyte in Melbourne’s northeast (64% tree cover), Crafers West in the Adelaide Hills (63%) and Warrimoo, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney (62%).

Warrandyte in Victoria was one of the country’s top five leafiest suburbs. Picture: Nearmap

On the other end of the scale, the least leafy suburbs in Australia were Coombs in Canberra, MicklehamClyde North and Ravenhall in Melbourne, and Bardia and Gregory Hills in Sydney, all of which had just 1% of tree cover, according to the Nearmap analysis.

Dr Bryan Boruff, an environmental geographer and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia’s School of Agriculture and Environment, said increasing vegetation in cities was very doable, and there were benefits for doing so.

“Increasing the number of trees in a local suburb might seem trivial,” Dr Boruff said.

“But the impact – in terms of health, liveability, and wellbeing – on local communities can be significant, and evolves over time.

“Research shows the more greenery a residential area has, the better it is for the physical and mental health of the local community.

“While we are seeing some positive changes, such as local governments committing to increases in tree canopy, there is still more that we can do.”

The New South Wales village of Buxton was devastated by the Black Summer bushfires. Picture: Getty Images

Many of the leafiest suburbs around Australia are those being developed, Dr Rob Newman, managing director and CEO of Nearmap, said.

However, urban areas with less greenery could become shadier through measures such as urban planning, with dramatic and transformative improvements in tree cover able to be achieved in a relatively short time,” Dr Newman said.

Much of Buxton’s vegetation has regenerated since the bushfires. Picture: Nearmap

He said the vegetation in Buxton in New South Wales, for example, which was impacted by the Black Summer bushfires in 2019 and 2020, has regenerated rapidly since.

“In fact, Buxton has today almost doubled its tree canopy, from 34 per cent after the bushfires, to 59 per cent tree cover today,” Dr Newman said.

Australia’s leafiest suburbs

Suburb State Tree cover
Olinda Victoria 71%
Sheldon Queensland 66%
North Warrandyte Victoria 64%
Crafers West South Australia 63%
Warrimoo New South Wales 62%
Mount Crosby Queensland 60%
Mount Macedon Victoria 60%
Annangrove New South Wales 56%
Burbank Queensland 55%
Bunya Queensland 53%
Emerald Victoria 53%
Church Point New South Wales 53%




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