Falkor Reef place name proposal

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We are seeking feedback on a proposal to name a newly discovered undersea geographical feature Falkor Reef.

The reef, measuring more than 500m high – taller than the Empire State Building - was discovered by Australian scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Research Vessel Falkor in October 2020. It is the first detached reef identified in the Great Barrier Reef in more than 120 years and is located 70km northeast of Lockhart River and 2.6km north-northeast of Northern Small Detached Reef. Download and view the map here.

The name Falkor honours the Research Vessel Falkor, which conducted the first systematic seafloor mapping and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) survey of the offshore Cape York Peninsula area and that led to the discovery of this significant detached reef feature.

The vessel was named after the fictitious good-luck dragon from the book The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.


Traditional Owners, the Kuuku Ya’u people, have confirmed they have no existing Indigenous name for the reef or area of waters in which it is located.

We encourage you to leave your feedback by making a submission below.

Have your say

Community consultation is open for two months starting 30 September 2022.

You can have your say by making a submission below.



We are seeking feedback on a proposal to name a newly discovered undersea geographical feature Falkor Reef.

The reef, measuring more than 500m high – taller than the Empire State Building - was discovered by Australian scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Research Vessel Falkor in October 2020. It is the first detached reef identified in the Great Barrier Reef in more than 120 years and is located 70km northeast of Lockhart River and 2.6km north-northeast of Northern Small Detached Reef. Download and view the map here.

The name Falkor honours the Research Vessel Falkor, which conducted the first systematic seafloor mapping and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) survey of the offshore Cape York Peninsula area and that led to the discovery of this significant detached reef feature.

The vessel was named after the fictitious good-luck dragon from the book The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.


Traditional Owners, the Kuuku Ya’u people, have confirmed they have no existing Indigenous name for the reef or area of waters in which it is located.

We encourage you to leave your feedback by making a submission below.

Have your say

Community consultation is open for two months starting 30 September 2022.

You can have your say by making a submission below.



  • Consistent and accurate place names are the basis of several vital activities, including map production, communication services, population censuses and statistics, and emergency services.

    We are seeking industry and community feedback on the Falkor Reef name proposal.

    Your comments will contribute to the Minister’s decision on naming the reef.

    Make a submission
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Page last updated: 30 Sep 2022, 02:24 PM