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Drillhole samples provide essential information in the search for ore deposits and petroleum reserves

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Drill Core Reference Library

The State Government has constructed a world-class State Drill Core Reference Library at the heart of the expanding resources precinct at Tonsley.

Submission of samples

Drillhole samples obtained from petroleum exploration in South Australia must be submitted to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet using the Petroleum Core and Cuttings Submission Form  (PDF 146 KB).

Inspecting core

Explorers can inspect the Drill Core Storage Facilities extensive collection.
Inspections can be organised by booking online through the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG) - go to Geodata then Core Inspections. Data for drill holes in South Australia including stratigraphy, lithology and core sample information can also be downloaded from SARIG.
Submit a request by completing the drillhole inspection request form:

All petroleum core and cuttings submission must adhere to the following guideline.


The South Australia Drill Core Reference Library is located in the heart of the new revitalised Tonsley Precinct

Tonsley Precinct site map 

5 Tonsley Boulevard, Clovelly Park SA 5042

GPO Box 320
Adelaide SA 5001

+61 8 8429 0578