Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Twin-peaked Cape Upstart is a 60 m high headland with steep cliffs and slopes on its north side, and a small valley below its southern slopes. The valley is occupied by one of the larger shack settlements on the cape, with a total of about thirty shacks. The back of the valley hangs over a small, rocky gap in the cape, while the front has a 250 m long, sand beach (921) and beachrock, fronted by gently sloping sand flats.
Best off the beach at mid to high tide.
The rear gap offers some higher energy rock fishing, while the deeper water off the beach permits fishing and boating at more stages of the tide.
The cape is a very prominent landmark and so named by Cook back in 1770. Today, apart from the few shacks, the cape and shoreline remain much as they were when Cook passed by.