Cape Coal was granted an exploration permit for minerals by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines on the 8th of December 2015 (EPM 25956). The 36 square kilometre project is located 700km northwest of Brisbane and 15 km west of the town of Capella.
The basement rocks in the project area consist of Bathampton Metamorphisis, a subdivision of the Anakie Metamorphics. The units consist dominantly of quartz-mica schist and phyllite, with subordinate quartzite, amphibolites and calcsilicate rocks. The mineralisation displays features typical of epithermal gold deposits in volcanic rocks (Cooper, 1995).
The tenement hosts amongst others a 10 x 2.5m outcrop of quarts veined ignimbrite, named Ayers Rock. Historic exploration activities by Billiton, Southern Goldfields and Australian Gold Fields were concentrated around this area where the best results recorded were:
Significant amounts of exploration data have been obtained and are currently being consolidated into a new model to assist in identifying further targets and an appropriate exploration plan.