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Geothermal energy

Queensland has good potential to develop geothermal energy resources, with significant resources of hot dry rocks.

The Queensland Government's recently completed Coastal Geothermal Energy Initiative investigated sources of hot rocks for geothermal energy close to existing transmission lines.

A regional-scale drilling program identified regions with possible geothermal energy potential in the Millungera, Nambour-Maryborough, Surat and Hillsborough basins.

Coastal Geothermal Energy Initiative report

Download the full report - Queensland Geology 14: An assessment of the geothermal energy potential of northern and eastern Queensland - free from QDEX Reports.

Applying for a resource authority

To explore for geothermal energy, you need an exploration permit for geothermal energy. You can apply through a call for tenders.

Exploration and investment resources

Queensland's resources industries

Investment information

Tenure information

Maps, data and publications

  • GeoResGlobe, our online GIS service, has tenure, geoscience and resource information.
  • QDEX Data lets you download large spatial data sets.
  • QDEX Reports has geological maps and reports to download free of charge.
  • Geological Survey of Queensland sells a range of maps, data and publications.
  • QSpatial allows you to view and download geospatial data and information.

Exploration reports

Holders of resource authorities are required to submit a range of statutory reports on their activities. After a period of confidentiality, these reports and data are made publicly available through QDEX Reports.

Contact us

Contact the Geological Survey of Queensland for geoscience, exploration and investment information.