Reviewed May 2018
Further to Tony Atkinson's comprehensive April 2018 Pancake Creek review, there are a couple of aspects that might be of additional assistance:-
1. Public moorings have been installed in the last fortnight (19 May 2018), I believe there are 2 at the outer anchorage and around 4 off the beach (the northernmost of the inner anchorages). I am unsure of time limits / vessel length / weight restrictions.
2. There is a coral reef to cross over to enter the inner anchorage. With our 1.6m draft, I wouldn't cross at low tide.
3. Based on what I have heard, I wouldn't want to be in the anchorages in moderate northerlies or higher wind strengths around high tide. It gets pretty uncomfortable.
4. The aerial pic that accompanies Tony's report actually shows the entrance to Jenny Lind Creek - which is open to the east ... and would be a good place to lose your vessel! Pancake Creek is over the back of the headland.
5. There is an excellent cruising guide covering the coast from Bundaberg to Mackay - Noel Curtis' "Cruising the Curtis Coast". It is essential for exploring this coast. The peace of mind it provides for entering places like Pancake Creek, The Narrows and many adverse weather bolt holes makes it excellent value for money. As an example with Pancake Creek, once inside Pancake there are two anchorages in the same arm of the creek - you dont want to anchor between the two 'holes' when the tide recedes! The book also quantifies the matter of the reef between the outer and inner anchorages.
6. Google Stuart Buchanan. Stuart and his late wife, Shirley, were the catalysts for the restoration of the Bustard Head lightstation. He is also a very entertaining author, for those with an interest in maritime matters and those that enjoy a good yarn. His books are so good, when we have lent them, they have yet to come back!!