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Complete one of the world’s great coastal walks with us. The Cape to Cape Track meanders 135km between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, sometimes along the beach, sometimes along cliff-tops, but nearly always with a view of the wonderful Margaret River coastline.
By only carrying a daypack, and walking the track in graded stages, people with a moderate level of fitness should be able to complete the walk. Preparation will make the experience more enjoyable. Excellent food, comfortable accommodation and knowledgeable guides will complement your trip. Lead by favourite Back Track Trek Leader and WA local Megan Davidson, this is not one to miss!
Your guides will accompany you each day as you walk between 14 and 26 km. There is no such thing as an easy day on the Cape to Cape! However, with a moderate level of fitness, they are all enjoyable! There are some steep sections and beach walking can be challenging, so we recommend training. Each day we will resume the walk from where we finished the previous day. Please note that on many days there are options to walk half a day; and you are always welcome to take a day off from walking. We will try to help you find suitable alternative activities if you desire. The itinerary plan may alter depending on local conditions and weather.
Cape Naturaliste to YallingupDistance: 14km Departing from Perth at 8am, we reach Cape Naturaliste by lunch time. Enjoy the first of many fresh picnic lunches for the week on the lawn at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and get to know your companions for the week. Today’s walk on the Cape to Cape track is relatively easy with mostly cliff-top and some beach walking. Keep an eye out for dolphins! Note, as we walk on the first afternoon, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and bring your day pack ready to go. After our walk the bus will meet us at Yallingup and then we will drive to Margaret River.
Yallingup to Moses RockDistance: 18km (or 10km option) Some beach walking in the morning, and superb coastal views all day. The red granite boulders, white sand beaches and turquoise waters can be gobsmackingly beautiful. We’ll have lunch at the surfing Mecca, Injidup, visit Quinninup Falls and finish with ocean views at Moses Rock.
Moses Rock to GracetownDistance: 16km This is a great day, and relatively easy – although there are a few hills and some sandy patches. The magnificent sweeping views of the coast from cliff-top vantage points, and the towering red rocks of Willyabrup are two of many highlights. If the weather’s nice, you might enjoy a refreshing swim in the sheltered bay at Gracetown. Or just soak those feet as you reflect on another great day on the Cape to Cape track.
Gracetown to Margaret River MouthDistance: 18km (or 12km option) It’s fairly easy walking among coastal heath to Ellensbrook historic homestead, where you can enjoy morning tea and explore the grounds. The track then takes an inland route, which gives us a good appreciation of the landscape away from the ocean for a while. After lunch we’re back on the coast, and a very pleasant beach walk takes us to Cape Mentelle. We finish the day at the Margaret River mouth – a good place for a swim if it’s warm.
Margaret River Mouth to Boranup ForestDistance: 25km (or 14km option) A very varied day today! We’ll head inland again to start with, and enjoy morning tea beside the Boodjidup Brook. A beach walk takes us to Redgate for lunch and then a spectacular stretch of cliff-top walking sees us reach shady Contos Campground by afternoon tea. The final part of the day is through the cool peaceful forest on firm, easy tracks. It’s a wonderful end to a wonderful day on the Cape to Cape track. Despite the distance, today is not usually considered the most difficult.
Boranup Forest to Cosy CornerDistance: 21km (or 14km option) This morning we continue through the karri forest before making our way down to the aqua-blue waters of Hamelin Bay. This 6 km beach stretch can be very enjoyable, with the right mindset. Enjoy the peace, the view and the moment as you walk into Hamelin Bay for a picnic lunch. After lunch it’s a short but challenging hike up to the tiny Foul Bay Lighthouse, with sweeping views back along the coast. Then before you know it, you’ll reach the end of another beautiful day.
Cosy Corner to Cape LeeuwinDistance: 21km This can be an exciting last day, especially if it’s windy! Much of the walking is along a limestone ledge close to the sea, complete with blowholes! There is a long beach stretch where you can daydream about all that you’ve achieved this week. After that we head inland, occasionally sighting the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, signalling the end of your walk. Your Cape to Cape track ‘end to end’ journey officially finishes at the Cape Leeuwin waterwheel but we’ll take a walk up to the lighthouse, if time permits. Tonight we will celebrate your wonderful achievement!
Return to PerthEnjoy a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast this morning before we drop you into Margaret River where you can enjoy a coffee and perhaps a spot of shopping. Pick up some take-away lunch (own expense) before we head back to Perth, arriving by mid afternoon (usually between 2.30 and 3pm).
- All transport: private coach transport to and from Perth; as well as transport to and from the track each day
- Professional guiding and support each day
- Emergency support: guides carry satellite phones and a full first aid kit
- 7 night’s comfortable accommodation
- 7 healthy breakfasts – cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast
- 8 morning teas, carried by your guide
- 7 lunches – some packed and some delivered picnics
- Pre-dinner nibbles each night
- 7 delicious two-course dinners
- Excellent itinerary and planning drawn from 14 years’ experience
- Domestic flights to Perth
- Alcoholic beverages during the trek
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