Flanked by sandy beaches, Cape Upstart is an imposing granite
headland covered in a range of vegetation types from vine thicket to
heath. The surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine
Park. This is an important place for the Juru people.
Things to do:
This is a low-key park for self-sufficient visitors. Camp at Coconut
Beach or bush camp in a secluded campsite on the northern side of the
Elliot River. No facilities are provided. Take drinking water and a
fuel stove. Check the marine park zoning plan for advice on activities
permitted in the adjacent marine park waters. Beware of marine stingers
October to May. Beware of estuarine crocodiles at Coconut Bay.
Cape Upstart is on the coast between Ayr and Bowen. There is no vehicle
access to the park. Access is by boat only. Launch your boat at ramps
south of Gumlu at Molongle Bay or the Elliot River near Guthalungra.
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Further information: QPWS Whitsunday Information Centre, Cnr Shute
Harbour and Mandalay Roads, PO Box 332 AIRLIE BEACH QLD 4802
ph (07) 4946 7022. fax (07) 4946 7023