Our vision is
to be the

drilling service
provider of choice


McKay Drilling is a WA based drilling company specialising in all areas of Reverse Circulation, Hydro and Diamond Drilling.  The company strives to deliver a high-end drilling service to the exploration and mining industries. Established in 1990, McKay Drilling has extensive regional experience and has operated in most states and territories throughout Australia, as well as extending operations internationally to South America. In partnership with a strong focus on continuous improvement the company holds four ISO standards, AS/NZS ISO 9001 - Quality, OHSAS 18001 - Safety, AS/NZS ISO 14001 - Environment & ISO 55001 – Asset Management.  These ISO certifications demonstrate the robust processes McKay Drilling have in place which capture the skills and knowledge of our people, and help us to continue to develop industry leading standards across all aspects of our business. McKay Drilling prides itself on having the best people, with a focus on continual growth and development in innovation and technology, while upholding a safe work environment for all people, equipment and the environment.

Our Services

McKay Drilling is a leading service provider in the exploration, mining and hydro drilling industry with operations within Australia and internationally. McKay drilling continues to develop and maintain afleet of the latest model drill rigs and support equipment utilising the latest innovations and technology.

Reverse Circulation Drilling

The Reverse Circulation rig fleet consists of latest model, high capacity Schramm T685 drill rigs fully compliant to Australian standards. The rigs and support equipment are designed and maintained for the toughest and most remote drilling projects. Both all-wheel drive truck and track mounted units are available.

McKay Drilling has introduced two industry-first Schramm T685i drilling rigs to grow the Reverse Circulation division. The rigs feature a remote control panel that allows the Driller to operate up to eight metres away from the the rig. The introduction of these rigs is a significant step forward for the development of safety and control features in reverse circulation drilling method.

Mckay Drilling specialises in all aspects of Reverse Circulation drilling including Grade Control, Bulk Sampling, Metallurgic Sampling, Geotechnical and Deep Reverse Circulation.

RC Rig setup copy  

Diamond Drilling

The Diamond Drilling rig fleet consists of latest model, high capacity drill rigs fully compliant to Australian standards. The new drills are fitted out with the latest hands free remote operation and monitoring technology. All rigs and support equipment are mounted on all-wheel drive vehicles.

The unique LF350 can operate with automated drilling at shift changes and not only features hands-free rod handling but also incorporates an innovative retraction system that removes all hydraulic cylinders from the mast assembly. This rig is the first in Australia and will dramatically increase personnel safety and safe work practices.

Mckay Drilling specialises in all aspects of Diamond Drilling including Metallurgic Sampling, Bulk Sampling, Geotechnical Investigations, Deep Directional and Navi Drilling.


Hydro Drilling

The Hydro Drilling rig fleet consists of a late model heavy duty Schramm 685 drill rig with 110,000lb pull back capacity, fitted with a tilt out head for easy of operation, 28” table opening, foremost rod handler capable of handling drill pipe and collars up from 4” to 10 ¾”. The drill rig is supported by a remote hands free casing presenter. The drill and support equipment is fully compliant to Australian standards.

Hydro Rig

Latest News


March 6, 2018 New General Manager

McKay Drilling would like to welcome Michael Martin who has joined us as our new General Manager. Continue Reading

January 23, 2018 2018 Annual Review & Golf Day

2018 started off with McKay Drilling’s first Golf Tournament. On a perfect day at the Joondalup Country Club, employees took to the course in a day filled with friendly competition and team building fun. Continue Reading

October 14, 2017 ISO Certifications and the Drilling Industry

A key part of the success in achieving our purpose has been the hard work and focus required to obtain and renew as required the certification of four ISO Standards - AS/NZS ISO 9001 - Quality, OHSAS 18001 - Safety, AS/NZS ISO 14001 - Environment & ISO 55001 – Asset Management. Continue Reading

August 1, 2017 McKay Drilling Performance Recognition Awards

Every month McKay Drilling recognise the efforts and high performance of employees who have been nominated for the Performance Recognition Awards. Employees names are put forward by their leaders or peers for work they have done, or for their regular and tireless contribution to the success of the company. Continue Reading

July 28, 2017 General Update for July

McKay Drilling's brief monthly update. Continue Reading

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