Flinders Reef, one of the best dive sites near Brisbane, is an isolated reef off Moreton Island in South East Queensland approx. 5Km North-West of Cape Moreton.
Flinders Reef is home to numerous species of reef fish and hard and soft corals. Needless to say you wouldn’t be blamed in thinking it could have the largest number of coral species in any sub-tropical systems anywhere on the Eastern Coast of Australia.
Flinders Reef is commonly known as Flinders and was voted the second best dive site in Australia by National geographic even though some divers may or may not agree with this title, but you can’t deny that this dive site is magical and filled with colour and marine life.
To get to Flinders Reef it usually takes approximately 90 minutes to travel by boat from Scarborough marina and usually on your approach to Flinders you will encounter dolphins within the Bay of Moreton Island, plus humpback whales if they are migrating. If you don’t get the opportunity to experience humpback whales breaching while you’re gearing up to dive you will most certainly hear them underneath the water and it seems like they are right above you.
Many divers venture to Flinders to experience the turtle cleaning station on the Western side of the Island in the Coral Gardens. The Gardens are popular with the divers as its average depth is 8 meters and this allows the light to reach the reef and over time has produced some of the best fauna you could ever see in Australia.
The reef has more than 175 fish species and has more species and varieties of coral in one area than any other single reef on the Great Barrier Reef. The diverse amount of marine life has made this my favourite dive site in the South East of Australia.
I have seen manta rays, whales, leopard sharks, bat fish, wobbegongs and too many tropical fish to name them all, but we go to Flinders Reef to experience the turtles. Green and Loggerheads are the most common turtles you will experience at the dive site and with over 200 dives out at Flinders Reef, only once have I returned without seeing a turtle up close and personal. On that day I experienced a humpback whale swimming by with her calf so it wasn’t a total loss of a dive.
We are so spoilt with such a variety of marine life off the coast of Brisbane.
Flinders Reef was zoned as a marine national park back in 1998 and is monitored by reef check, which should allow many opportunities for us to continue to enjoy this pristine dive site for many years to come and hopefully we can continue to protect this dive site so our children can enjoy what we as divers have learnt to love and enjoy.
Contact us to book your next dive course or social dive at Flinders Reef, Moreton Island.