Carpentaria Basin

The Jurassic-Cretaceous intracratonic Carpentaria Basin lies beneath the Gulf of Carpentaria in offshore northern Australia, and extends onshore in Queensland and the Northern Territory. It is overlain by Tertiary sediments of the Kurumba Basin. Unlike the age-equivalent Eromanga and Surat basins which overlie large and thick older sedimentary basins, the Carpentaria Basin rests mainly upon an erosional surface of deformed Proterozoic rocks. Only a small portion of the offshore part of the basin overlies pre-Jurassic sedimentary rocks (Bamaga Basin).

Offshore, the Carpentaria Depression in the Weipa Sub-basin is the major depocentre of the basin. The laterally extensive sedimentary succession is typically thin with a maximum thickness of about 1800 metres offshore. Much of the Carpentaria Basin succession includes fine-grained, lithic marine rocks which are rarely preserved in outcrop. However, the Middle to Late Jurassic older units are predominantly quartz sandstones and are preserved to varying degrees along the eastern and southern margins of the basin. Within these basal units, thin coal seams and widespread reservoir quality sandstones have been the focus for coal and petroleum exploration. Shallow marine glauconitic sandstones of Neocomian age are overlain by mostly fine-grained Aptian to Albian marine clastics that contain potential source and seal facies. The bituminous claystones of the Albian Toolebuc Formation have excellent oil-prone source rock quality. These rocks are within the early stage of the oil generation window in the offshore part of the basin, as shown by drilling result from the Duyken-1 well, which is the only well drilled in the offshore part of the basin.

The Carpentaria Basin formed the northern part of the Great Australian Superbasin that also included the Eromanga and Laura Basins. Middle to Late Jurassic sediments within the offshore part of the basin were sourced from the east. During Late Cretaceous time, the margins of the basin were locally faulted, uplifted and eroded prior to the commencement of sedimentation in the overlying Karumba Basin.

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Basin Well List
Carpentaria Basin Photo

Source: Geoscience Australia, AU State Sites

230 total wells found in carpentaria basin. All wells are listed in alphabetical order below.

Armraynald 1, Augus Downs 2, Beamesbrook 1, BMR Aurukun 1, BMR Aurukun 10, BMR Aurukun 11, BMR Aurukun 12, BMR Aurukun 13, BMR Aurukun 14, BMR Aurukun 15, BMR Aurukun 16, BMR Aurukun 17, BMR Aurukun 18, BMR Aurukun 19, BMR Aurukun 2, BMR Aurukun 20, BMR Aurukun 21, BMR Aurukun 22, BMR Aurukun 23, BMR Aurukun 24, BMR Aurukun 25, BMR Aurukun 26, BMR Aurukun 27, BMR Aurukun 28, BMR Aurukun 29, BMR Aurukun 3, BMR Aurukun 30, BMR Aurukun 31, BMR Aurukun 32, BMR Aurukun 33, BMR Aurukun 34, BMR Aurukun 35, BMR Aurukun 36, BMR Aurukun 37, BMR Aurukun 38, BMR Aurukun 39, BMR Aurukun 4, BMR Aurukun 40, BMR Aurukun 41, BMR Aurukun 42, BMR Aurukun 43, BMR Aurukun 44, BMR Aurukun 45, BMR Aurukun 46, BMR Aurukun 47, BMR Aurukun 48, BMR Aurukun 49, BMR Aurukun 5, BMR Aurukun 50, BMR Aurukun 51, BMR Aurukun 52, BMR Aurukun 53, BMR Aurukun 54, BMR Aurukun 55, BMR Aurukun 56, BMR Aurukun 57, BMR Aurukun 58, BMR Aurukun 59, BMR Aurukun 6, BMR Aurukun 60, BMR Aurukun 61, BMR Aurukun 62, BMR Aurukun 63, BMR Aurukun 64, BMR Aurukun 65, BMR Aurukun 66, BMR Aurukun 67, BMR Aurukun 68, BMR Aurukun 69, BMR Aurukun 7, BMR Aurukun 70, BMR Aurukun 71, BMR Aurukun 72, BMR Aurukun 73, BMR Aurukun 74, BMR Aurukun 75, BMR Aurukun 76, BMR Aurukun 77, BMR Aurukun 78, BMR Aurukun 79, BMR Aurukun 8, BMR Aurukun 80, BMR Aurukun 81, BMR Aurukun 82, BMR Aurukun 83, BMR Aurukun 84, BMR Aurukun 85, BMR Aurukun 86, BMR Aurukun 9, BMR Aurukun H51, BMR Cape Weymouth 10, BMR Cape Weymouth 11, BMR Cape Weymouth 12, BMR Cape Weymouth 13, BMR Cape Weymouth 14, BMR Cape Weymouth 15, BMR Cape Weymouth 16, BMR Cape Weymouth 17, BMR Cape Weymouth 18, BMR Cape Weymouth 19, BMR Cape Weymouth 2, BMR Cape Weymouth 20, BMR Cape Weymouth 21, BMR Cape Weymouth 22, BMR Cape Weymouth 23, BMR Cape Weymouth 24, BMR Cape Weymouth 3, BMR Cape Weymouth 4, BMR Cape Weymouth 7, BMR Cape Weymouth 8, BMR Cape Weymouth 9, BMR Cloncurry 1, BMR Cloncurry 2, BMR Coen 1, BMR Coen 13, BMR Coen 14, BMR Coen 15, BMR Coen 16, BMR Coen 17, BMR Coen 18, BMR Coen 19, BMR Coen 2, BMR Coen 3, BMR Coen 31, BMR Croydon 1, BMR Dobbyn 1, BMR Dobbyn 2, BMR Hann River 2, BMR Holroyd 1, BMR Holroyd 10, BMR Holroyd 11, BMR Holroyd 2, BMR Holroyd 3, BMR Holroyd 4, BMR Holroyd 5, BMR Holroyd 6, BMR Holroyd 7, BMR Holroyd 8, BMR Holroyd 9, BMR Jardine River 1, BMR Jardine River 10, BMR Jardine River 2, BMR Jardine River 3, BMR Jardine River 4, BMR Jardine River 5, BMR Jardine River 6, BMR Jardine River 7, BMR Jardine River 8, BMR Jardine River 9, BMR Lawn Hill 1, BMR Lawn Hill 2, BMR Lawn Hill 3, BMR Mossman 1, BMR Normanton 1, BMR Normanton 2, BMR Orford Bay 1, BMR Orford Bay 10, BMR Orford Bay 11, BMR Orford Bay 12, BMR Orford Bay 13, BMR Orford Bay 2, BMR Orford Bay 3, BMR Orford Bay 4, BMR Orford Bay 6, BMR Orford Bay 7, BMR Orford Bay 8, BMR Orford Bay 9, BMR Red River 1, BMR Red River 2, BMR Rutland Plains 1, BMR Walsh 1, BMR Walsh 2, BMR Weipa 1, BMR Weipa 2, BMR Weipa 3, BMR Weipa 4, BMR Weipa 5, BMR Weipa 6, BMR Weipa 7, BMR Weipa 8, Burketown 1, Burketown Scout 2A, Egilabria 1, Egilabria 2, Egilabria 2/DW1, Egilabria 4, GSQ Dobbyn 1, GSQ Normanton 1, GSQ Rutland Plains 1, GSQ Weipa 1, Jackin Creek 1, Jackin Creek 2, Karumba 8, Maremosab 1, Mornington Island 1, Mornington Island 10, Mornington Island 11, Mornington Island 12, Mornington Island 13, Mornington Island 14, Mornington Island 15, Mornington Island 16, Mornington Island 17, Mornington Island 18, Mornington Island 19, Mornington Island 19A, Mornington Island 2, Mornington Island 3, Mornington Island 4, Mornington Island 5, Mornington Island 6, Mornington Island 7, Mornington Island 8, Mornington Island 8A, Mornington Island 9, Nicholson River Scout 2, Normanton Scout 1, Normanton Scout 2, Oakey Hole Scout 1, Oriomo 1, Pennefather 1, Rum Bottle 1, Silverleaf 1, Weipa 1, Wohomul B1, Wohomul B2, Wonia 1, Wonia 2, Wuroi 1, Wyaaba 1,

4 surveys found in carpentaria basin. All surveys are listed in alphabetical order below.

1982 - Duyken ,Seismic ,483.0km
2012 - Gulf Energy Bamaga Basin 2D MSS 2012 ,2D MSS ,2267.0km
2014 - Gulf Energy Bamaga Basin 2D MSS 2014 ,2D MSS
1981 - Carpentaria Gulf (81) ,Seismic ,602.82km