Existing Areas

The petroleum and gas industry's surface footprint takes up about 0.1% of Queensland's land mass

About Queensland’s onshore sedimentary basins


The following series of maps show some of Queensland’s onshore sedimentary basins and provide a guide to the existing gas fields in Queensland.

These maps show the areas over which large and medium sized energy companies currently hold a resource authority to conduct an exploration (authority to prospect – ATP) or production activity (petroleum lease – PL) for petroleum and gas in Queensland.

An authority to prospect (ATP) entitles a holder to:

  • explore for petroleum and gas
  • test for petroleum and gas production
  • evaluate the feasibility of petroleum and gas production
  • evaluate or test natural underground reservoirs for the storage of petroleum or a prescribed storage gas.

The Queensland exploration program provides a release schedule for exploration opportunities to the end of 2019. The program is managed by the Queensland Government and outlines the tender process and provides details on the location of each exploration tender area and the timing of each competitive tender process.

A petroleum lease (PL) gives the holder the right to:

  • explore for petroleum and gas
  • test for petroleum and gas production
  • produce petroleum and gas

The petroleum lease application process supports, authorises and regulates responsible petroleum activities to ensure the development of a safe, efficient and viable Queensland petroleum industry. The Queensland Government has produced a Petroleum Lease Guideline to provide more information on how to apply for a petroleum lease in Queensland.

Explore an interactive map by the Geological Survey of Queensland which shows an overview of resource sites, pipelines, hubs and export ports. 

You can also request detailed information and maps about all resource authority applications or grants in your area.