Google Earth FAQs

The .kmz files for each atlas can be downloaded from each State and Territory webpage. These can be uploaded into either the desktop or web browser (with Google Chrome) version of Google Earth. If possible, we recommend using the desktop version.

Desktop Version


In Google Earth, click on File, then select Open. Navigate to your downloaded KMZ file. All of the Reservoir sites will be available in the Places sidebar, and the sites themselves will be shown on the map.

Alternatively, double-clicking on the KMZ file will open it in Google Earth.

These sites can be explored in detail by zooming into their location, and clicking on the water, or the dam. Google Earth can also be used to create to create a tour, send information as an email, or create an image, and the location can be opened in Google Maps.


To navigate quickly to another site, double-click on the name of that site in the Places sidebar.

Multiple KMZ files can be imported.

Web Version

Once the web page is open, click on the first icon in the toolbar on the left – this brings up the Menu. Select Settings.

Scroll to the final option in settings, and enable KML file imports. Select SAVE.


Now, select the "My Places" icon in the toolbar on the left – the second from the bottom. A KML (or KMZ) file can be imported. This may take a couple of minutes to load.

Individual sites, and their specific information can now be accessed.

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

Updated:  11 September 2017/ Responsible Officer:  RE100 Leader/ Page Contact:  RE100 Webmaster