[R] Drawing Maps of detailed Australian regions

Barry Rowlingson b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Tue Dec 14 12:45:14 CET 2010

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM, Wang, Kevin (SYD)
<kevinwang at kpmg.com.au> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to draw a bubble plot over a map -- where the map shows local government areas (LGA) in Australia (or other structures under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification), but am not sure where I can find the data to plot such maps (e.g. draw the state of Northern Territory but also showing LGA divisions).
> Any help will be greatly appreciated, apologies if this is a simple question -- this is the first time I'm trying to draw a map in R :).

 A second's googling leads me to an aussie gov site with downloadable


shapefiles can be read in R using the rgdal package. Get that, get
'sp', get 'maptools' - get mapping!

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