SRS Drilling Pty Ltd T/A Star Drilling



Star Drilling is committed to remaining a lead provider of drilling services to the Australian drilling industry, delivering “Safe, Flexible and Reliable drilling programs.”

From one or two day environmental projects to multi-year contracts with some of the biggest company’s in Australia, we offer a diverse range of drilling methods that cater to high profile infrastructure projects, long term mining contracts and small and large geotechnical and environmental programs.

We offer professional drilling programs across Australia that are executed to the highest level at competitive rates.

Our projects will be delivered to your specific requirements by our qualified and highly skilled drill crews.

We comply with best practice safety systems and use high quality, safety standard equipment.



environmental geotechnical services


Star Drilling was founded in February 2013 by Scott Barnes, Ron Terpstra and Simon Barwald who saw a need to provide a professional drilling service to the Australian market.

2023 sees Star Drillings 10-year anniversary and a great team of people with a huge amount of knowledge, the team include 11 Senior drillers, 4 class 1 drillers, 4 trainee drillers and a bunch of up and coming off siders, many of who we hope will become drillers in the future.

Since its establishment, Star Drilling has carried out over 1500 projects across Australia, from small environmental drilling projects to mine site investigations and national infrastructure projects.

Its clientele include Rio Tinto, Iluka Resources, Boss Resources, Newcrest Cadia, Westgate Tunnel Project and North East Link Authority, as well as consultants including GHD, ARUP, Golder/WSP, AECOM, Jacobs and Coffey/Tetratech.

Star Drilling has established itself as a safe and reliable partner in executing the drilling projects. It prides itself as a hand-on contractor with the objective to safely complete the projects on time and budget.

Meet The Team

"The lead provider of drilling services to the Australian drilling industry by delivering Safe, Flexible and Reliable drilling programs."

Our Vision

Australian Drilling Industry Association

Geotechnical, Environmental & Exploration Drilling

Drilling Methods

Star Drilling offer professional drilling services for a diverse range of drilling projects across Australasia, from high profile infrastructure to environmental, geotechnical and exploration drilling programs.

Our Drilling Methods:

  • SONIC Drilling - Either or both Down Hole Hammer and Diamond Core with the one rig.
  • Solid Flight Auger
  • Hollow Flight Auger
  • Mud Rotary Drilling
  • Down Hole Hammer
  • Diamond Coring (NMLC, NQ, HQ, PQ)
  • Direct Push Macro Coring & Dual Tube Drilling
  • PCD Chip and Core
  • Air Blade


We are committed to a workplace that is free of injury, accident and disease. We have implemented a safety management system based on OHSAS 4804 which includes establishing site specific safety management plans, conducting Job Safety Analyses and risk assessments for plant and equipment as well as a comprehensive incident and near miss reporting and investigation procedures.

Star Drilling holds the following insurances:

  • Industrial Special Plant & Property Damage - comprehensive cover
  • Road Risk - $30 million
  • Public & Products Liability - $30 million
  • Workcover

Copies of these insurances can be provided upon request.

Drilling Services

  • Sonic Drilling
  • Solid and Hollow Flight Auger
  • Mud Rotary
  • Down Hole Hammer
  • Diamond Coring (NMLC, NQ, HQ, PQ)
  • Direct Push Macro Coring & Dual Tube
  • Gas bore installation
  • Sub slab vapour pins
  • Gas vapour probes
  • Leachate extraction bores
  • Leachate monitoring well installations
  • PCD Chip & Core
  • NQ HQ PQ straddle and single packer testing
  • Environmental monitoring well drilling installation
  • Production well drilling installation


Highly skilled crews

  • Injection well drilling installation
  • Experience working with all down hole logging tools
  • Core orientation
  • VWP installation
  • Extensometer installation
  • Inclinometer installation
  • Earth rod installation
  • Cathodic & anodic protection installation
  • Barge drilling, jack up or floating
  • Tight access drilling
  • Dam wall investigations
  • Hydrovac excavation | NDD | Hand auger
  • Well repair
  • Supply of drilling consumables
  • Well development – chemical – air lift – surge – jetting



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Safe, Flexible, Reliable