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The nouth of Wathumba Creek can be a little tricky. You need to negotiate a few sand bars, which traverse the entrance to the creek. These constantly move so you need a good sounder and local knowledge also helps. It is best to enter or exit the creek from 2 hours either side of low tide.
There are a couple of local markers in the creek but these are unofficial and you shoukd not rely on them being there. Tide times for Wathumba Creek are about minus 30 minutes against Urangan tides.
Wathumba Creek drains out on a low tide. However, there are a couple of deeper holes which may be suitable to anchor up. These tend to be on the the eastern side of Wathumba Spit. This location offers good protection from winds and swell.
Commercial fishing is a major industry.
However, The Great Sandy Strait is best known for its tourism including boating and fishing. Each year in June the Bay to Bay yacht race is sailed on the Great Sandy Strait.
Boating visitors to The Great Sandy Straits are protected by the following groups
Coast Guard Tin Can Bay
VMR Hervey Bay