Floodlines: a living memory

Read more about the Floodlines: Augmented Reflections app

Floodlines: a living memory celebrates the resilience of communities, responding to the significant events of the summer of 2010-11.

Queenslanders – through film, sound, ideas and photos in the Flood and Cyclone Mosaic of community-contributed photos – help tell the rich and complex story of a summer we will never forget.

Using augmented reality technology, the Floodlines app allows you to simulate the rise and fall of the Brisbane River across the CBD and surrounding areas.

Please note
Some visitors may find content in this exhibition distressing. We have worked with Department of Health and Department of Communities for advice and to provide support material for this exhibition.

Digital stories


Mark Kempton, Senior helicopter pilot from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.Read Transcript

Mark Kempton talks to Jenny Woodward on 16th June 2011 about his experiences during the 2011 floods, including his rescue efforts in Grantham and the flooding of his own home in Brisbane.

Kym Charlton digital story from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.Read Transcript

Kym Charlton, Executive Director Media and Public Affairs, Queensland Police Service, talks about how they used social media during the 2010-11 summer of disasters to communicate with the public.

Floodlines app

Augmented reality flood mapping

Download the Floodlines app

Download Floodlines: Augmented Reflections from iTunes.

Inspired by the wealth of powerful, interactive map data available from the 2011 flooding and Cyclone Yasi devastation, Floodlines: Augmented Reflections uses augmented reality technology to show the effect of the floods and Cyclone Yasi on Queensland. As it takes you through Brisbane and surrounding areas along a 48-hour timeline as well as cyclone affected areas in North Queensland, you are able to view the events in a different light, providing fresh understanding of the impact of the cylone and floods’ impact.



How to use

  • Using your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, download the free Floodlines app from the app store, then tap on the Floodlines icon to launch
  • Download and open on your screen, or print, one or all of the 15 suburb markers. Hold your device over your marker so that it all fits within the screen. Once the camera has located the marker, you will see the suburb modelled in 3D augmented reality
  • Use the scrollbar at the bottom of the screen to travel through the days of the flooding, animating where and when particular areas flooded, followed by receding waters. During the 2011 floods, the water peaked then receded slightly, before a second peak occurred during high tide. The North Queensland markers provide a before and after effect of the devastation left by Cyclone Yasi
  • Move around the marker to different positions and heights to see the model from different angles.

Scavenger Hunt

  • To activate the scavenger hunt, press the star at the bottom right of the screen to see the hidden item you need to find. Search the streets for that item and when you think you've found it, touch it! Some of the scavenger hunt items only appear when the flood waters are high, so you may need to scroll through the timeline to find them

Tips for use

  • Tap the i symbol at the bottom right of the screen to read the online instructions. Tap it again to remove the screen
  • If you are using this app at home with a printed marker, make sure you're in a well-lit area - this helps the device's camera read the marker
  • You can download all 15 different marker cards, covering affected Brisbane suburbs,or view the markers along a 'map' of the Brisbane River, in the slq Gallery at State Library of Queensland as part of Floodlines, on your own device or one of the iPads provided

Download AR marker cards