ALA User Guide 1 – Finding the species recorded in your area

Begin at the Atlas of Living Australia homepage and click on the Explore by location tile.

Select Explore your area.

Once you enter your postcode or address, a map will appear with coloured dots showing the occurrence records. You can alter the radius of the circle from the default 5km down to 1km or up to 10km. 

The list at the left shows all the species that have ever been recorded at that location, as well as the number of records.


If you click on one of the Groups in the first column, the map and list change accordingly.

Clicking on Records a the top of the list puts it in order from the highest number of records to the lowest.

By clicking on the individual occurrences on the map, you will get details for that particular record and you can open them up and view them.

For a printable version of this guide, click here


Who’s using the Explore by location function of the ALA?


  • To read our blog post about Dr Anne Musser, who is using this function of the ALA to learn more about the flora and fauna of Jenolan Caves, chick here
  • To read our blog post about Reiner Richter, an ALA contributor who uses this function to identify areas with less data so he can explore them, click here