Moore Reef, Queensland, Australia

About Moore Reef

  • Location  Latitude: 16.880134, Longitude: 146.214971
  • Depth Range 1-25 metres
  • Visibility: Up to 20 metres.
  • Access Boat or helicopter
  • Rating: Novice to advanced.
  • Size: 2650 hectares

Where is Moore Reef

Moore Reef is 49.5 kilometres east of Cairns and is 2650 hectares in area. This reef location has 15 tourist moorings, one pontoon and one helicopter mooring.

Things to do at Moore Reef

While visiting this location, you can take a scenic helicopter tour, take a glass-bottom boat and have a semi-submersible time.

There is also an underwater observatory for visitors who want to stay dry.

This diving paradise offers breathtaking experiences close to Cairns due to its sizeable northern coral atoll’s plethora of bommies breaking the water’s surface. Walls on the Outer Reef plunge to over 30 metres, where large schools of fish roam. The fixed marine base offers waterslide thrills.

This reef is in the shape of a horseshoe with three extensive moorings for reef pontoon operators.


Snorkelers and scuba divers will find Staghorn, finger, mushroom and honeycomb coral.


Some of the coral bommies along this site offer great swim-throughs.

Marine Life

Things to see

Small marine life includes nudibranchs, damselfish crabs and worms.  While amongst the soft corals, you may see butterflyfish, damselfish and emperor angelfish.  Night divers will be excited to find grey Reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks.

Keep an eye out for Green sea turtles and Napolean Maori wrasse at this Great Barrier Reef location.

Moore Reef Map

How to visit

Several reef operators visit this site, including Sunlover Reef Cruises, Great Adventures and Silverswift.

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