Pancake Creek, Southern Great Barrier Reef

Anna (Holland) arrived at Bundaberg Port Marina on October 6, 2016, and we left the same day for Lady Musgrave Island (see the separate photos). We then sailed west to reach the Queensland mainland at Pancake Creek. This estuary is surrounded by the three large segments of Eurimbula National Park.

As you can see from the above Google Earth image, Pancake Creek has extensive shallow areas of sand... perfect for sting rays and small schooling fish.

Ocean Child in the Pancake Creek Estuary.


But from our point of view, it was the rocky coast which was most accessible, and striking.

There was a large amount of coral spawn in the water, both here at Pancake Creek, and around Lady Musgrave Island, where it was reddy-brown rather than green, as in the above photo.

Who says crabs aren't artistic?


At the mouth of the estuary, where there's a lot of wave energy, the boulders were big and uniformly coloured.


While further back, the pebbles were small and mixed in many subtle pastel colours...


At the headland near the western lighthouse, the rock colours were spectacular... particularly around this intrusion.


This pandanus looked like something out of a Japanese painting....


We left Pancake Creek on the evening of October 10, arriving at Bundaberg Port Marina on the morning of October 11. We found the marina's swallow fledglings were just out of their nests.

In my childhood, growing up in the family house at 15 Linacre Road Hampton (Melbourne Victoria Australia) swallows were a bird I had great admiration for... so small, so beautiful, and so fast. They would build their mud nests high up in our veranda. They were also common along the ocean cliffs I loved to explore, both near Melbourne and farther afield... nesting in caves and hollows in the sea cliffs.

I have a great nostalgia for them... they are long gone now from my childhood haunts, but not from my memory... or my heart. So it was wonderful to see them happily rearing families at Bundaberg.