Flynn Reef is located approximately 60 kilometres offshore from Cairns. The reef is popular with tourist vessels and a number of day trip operations, as well as extended live-aboard dive trips. It is also a popular destination for recreational visitors, however due to its distance from the mainland, access is generally limited to good weather days.
Flynn Reef is a Conservation Park (yellow) Zone with a Public Appreciation and One Dory Detached Special Management Area designated over it. These Special Management Areas exclude spearfishing, the commercial collection of coral, aquarium fish and beachworm, and regulate the number of dories that may be detached from a commercial fishing vessel.
Activities allowed at Flynn Reef include diving, boating, anchoring, photography, limited line fishing, trolling and limited collecting. Please refer to the Zoning Plan and relevant map for details.
Site planning for Flynn Reef originally occurred in 2000 - 2001 to address issues regarding moorings and facilitating public access and was finalised in August 2001.
In 2005, a request was made to move existing moorings and the proposal was publicly advertised in August 2005. Following the consultation phase a decision was made in September 2005 and the document was updated.
Current Site Plan
Flynn Reef Site Plan (updated 2006)