Flinders Reef: An Unforgettable Diving Adventure

Flinders Reef Double Dive

Dive Flinders Reef

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking wonder of Flinders Reef, a protected marine sanctuary nestled within the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Renowned as one of Queensland’s most stunning dive sites, Flinders Reef offers a unique opportunity to explore pristine coral formations and captivating marine life. As the closest true coral reef to Brisbane, this small yet isolated reef holds an undeniable allure for underwater enthusiasts. Dive into the extraordinary world of Flinders Reef and witness the natural beauty that lies just below the surface.


Depth range: 8 – 20 metres

Suitable for: Open water certified divers and above

Duration: Approximately 7 hours

Meeting point: Sunreef at The Wharf, Mooloolaba

If you need to hire gear, or would like to combine this with a Nitrox (Enriched Air) Course,  please see our booking form for more information.

What you can expect

Check in at Sunreef starts at the time outlined on your confirmation email or text. Our Flinders Reef trip takes a full day, where we usually meet at 7:00 am and return around 3:30 pm.

When you arrive, we will see you at our check in desk to see your diver certification card and ensure that your gear is organized. If you bring your own gear, our crew can carry it down to the dock where you can set up the gear. If we know you are hiring gear, everything will be organized for you prior to check in.

On departure to Flinders Reef, our trained crew will provide a thorough briefing for all our divers about the sites we may visit during the day and will answer any questions you may have about it. Once the boat exits the calm waters of the Mooloolaba River system, it is around a 45 minute ride to the site.

Each dive is planned to last for either 60 minutes or will end to have you on the surface with 50 bar (whichever one comes first).

Every dive is different depending on the conditions that day and time. Usually though, we visit two sites. Divers will have the opportunity to complete two dives – one at each location. Divers may buddy up on their own or go with one of our guides.

Between dives, we will come up for a surface interval where you are provided lunch and refreshments. Feel free to bring along your own lunch if you have allergies.

The divers then return to the shop, where we will unload the vessel and wash all your gear for you if you so wish.

Flinders Reef Site and Conditions

Located just north of Moreton Island, Flinders Reef was named after Matthew Flinders, the explorer who led the first crew to circumnavigate Australia. One thing we love about this beautiful site is it’s consistently clean and clear water, with great visibility and so much sea life all year round.

We usually visit two sites during this trip – where we can explore some amazing, lively underwater landscapes ranging from walls and gutters, caves and pinnacles – all densely packed with so many coral, sponge and plant species.

Divers please read the following

Trip confirmations: As with all our dives, your confirmation of the trip will depend on the sea conditions and weather. We will monitor this closely and if the weather or sea conditions are unsuitable, we will let you know as soon as we can. We will send out an email and text message the day before your trip around 3:30 pm to inform you of the status of the trip and its departure time. If you do not receive the text message and email you must call us on +61 7 5444 5656 we will not call you to confirm receipt of the messages.

If you have not dived in the last 2 years or more: You will be required to complete either a Scuba Review/Refresher Course or a Reactivate Course before you can participate in any diving activities. We will be able to arrange these courses for you on most days at set times. Please contact us on +61 7 5444 5656 for more information.

Seasickness and equalization: If you find yourself dealing with seasickness or being unable to equalize, our crew will look after you and ensure you are comfortable and safe. However, as this is not something in our control we will not issue any rebookings or refunds for inability to equalize or being seasick and not completing dives. We suggest you consider seasickness tablets to minimize the risk of seasickness affecting your trip. We will attempt where possible to help you equalize as we descend however we are responsible for the safety of all members of our groups therefore if we cannot in sufficient time and with the safety of the other divers help you descend we will take you back to the surface and you will be unable to complete that dive, we will however where possible take you back in on the second dive and help you try again.


If you have all your own equipment, please remember that to dive Flinders Reef you must have a snorkel, computer, SMB, and a whistle, along with the rest of your scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, gloves).

If you don’t have all your equipment, all of the above required items are available for purchase or hire from our shop along with the rest of the necessary scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, gloves).

Diver Statement: Each diver must complete a Sunreef Diver Statement before diving with us. This will be sent out to you with your booking confirmation. If any of the medical questions on your Diver Statement or at check in are answered ‘YES’, a doctor’s clearance may be required before you can dive with us. If a doctor’s clearance is required and cannot be produced on the day of your dive, the cancellation policies on our Terms and Conditions will apply.

Parking: The Wharf complex has 4 hour parking available, however you will need to find suitable parking for the tour you are on as some of our trips will be over 4 hours. There are some unlimited parking spaces available outside of The Wharf Mooloolaba / SEA Life car park, however please keep in mind especially if you are on an 11:30 am or later trip that parking can get very busy. Please give yourself at least 15-20 minutes for parking. You can find a parking map of The Wharf Mooloolaba here.

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