Queensland has just under 63 billion tonnes of thermal and metallurgical raw coal in situ.
Queensland can deliver more economic returns from resources given its mineral prospectivity.
The QRC is keen to work with the Queensland government on new incentives for exploration.
Renewed confidence in the resources sector is translating into an increase in exploration.
Nine of the areas are in the Bowen Basin.
Exploration will lead to the next wave of investment in coal mining in Queensland.