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Activities
  • 7 days walking
Accommodation
  • 6 nights lodge style accommodation
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days$2300AUD

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Trip Code: CTC

Cape to Cape Trip highlights


  • Cliff top walking with stunning views of red granite boulders, white sand beaches and turquoise waters
  • Explore the rugged and diverse South Western Australian coastline
  • Wander through the magnificent and ancient Karri forest
  • Stay in comfortable accommodation in Margaret River

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park stretches over 100kms along Western Australia's magnificent Southwest coast. With the world renowned Margaret River wine region at its centre, this coast is as diverse as it is spectacular. From giant Karri forests to windswept limestone cliffs, pristine white sandy beaches, coastal heath as well as ancient dunes and granite cliff lines, the diversity of landscapes makes this one of Australia's most delightful coastal walks. Walking during the warmer months reveals abundant wildflowers as well daily opportunities for a swim in the ocean and lagoons. This itinerary aims to traverse the entire 135km Cape to Cape Track, walking between 14km to 25km each day with just a day-pack. There are some steep sections, and beach walking can be challenging, however on some days there are options to walk half a day. Excellent homemade food, knowledgeable guides and centre based, comfortable lodge style accommodation which we return to each evening. Come and see why our previous walkers have rated this trek as one of Australia's best.

Activities:

Itinerary

Pick up for the tour is from the Fremantle (Parry Street car park) at 7.00am or from Perth (490 Wellington Street Tourist coach stand at 7:45am). Once we hit the road, we'll stop for morning tea at a roadhouse about an hour and a half from Perth. We'll then make our way down to Cape Naturaliste where we will have a fresh picnic lunch. After lunch we have a 14km walk from Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup, where we'll enjoy spectacular cliff-top and beach walking. Keep your eye out for dolphins! This section is mostly along the cliff tops on a sandy trail with magnificent views out to the Indian Ocean. There are a few rocky parts so if you like to use walking poles, they will come in handy on the first day. It's not a particularly difficult section, but when combined with the drive down, it turns into a pretty big day. 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.

Meals:  L,D

Some beach walking in the morning, and superb coastal views all day. The red granite boulders, white sand beaches and turquoise waters can be astoundingly beautiful. We’ll have lunch at the surfing Mecca, Injidup, visit Quinninup Falls and finish with ocean views at Moses Rock.

Meals:  B,L,D

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

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. Despite the distance, today is not usually considered the most difficult.

Meals:  B,L,D

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

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 ‘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!

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast this morning before we drop you into Margaret River where you can enjoy a coffee, some shopping or a wander through the local farmers markets. Pick up some take-away lunch (own expense) before we head back to Perth, arriving by mid afternoon.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners. Morning tea and pre-dinner nibbles are also provided.
  • Professional wilderness guide and support staff
  • 7 nights in comfortable twin share rooms in 3-4 star accommodation in Margaret River
  • All National Park entrance fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Transport from Perth

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Perth before and after the trip
  • Back packs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation


Suitability

Moderate

5

There is no such thing as an ‘easy day’ on the Cape to Cape walk. There are a lot of ups and downs, often in sand, and there are several beach stretches. You will walk between 14 to 26km a day, carrying only a day pack. A reasonable level of fitness and good health is needed for this walk. Suggested preparation: The best way to prepare physically for the trip is to walk, walk and walk some more – preferably in sand and over a variety of terrain. Try to walk frequently and consistently. By the start of our Cape to Cape you should be able to comfortably walk 15km, and try and do a few 20km walks. Training walks with the shoes you will use and carrying a weighted bag (approx 5-7kg) should be considered essential.


Departure dates


Total Priceper person from

$2300AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single RoomAUD$400
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Cape to Cape Track Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

The track runs mostly along the coast. It makes use of old 4WD vehicle tracks, constructed paths and natural beach sections which are mostly sand. Approximately 15-20% of the walk is on the beach with the rest of a mix of cliff tops, coastal heath and forest.

We recommended that you have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip. Walking distances range from 14km to 26km per day, and you will walk carrying a day pack (weighing around 5-7kg). Thorough physical and mental preparation is important for your safe participation and enjoyment of this expedition. As with any active holiday, the fitter you are for the activity, the more you will enjoy it. In short, fitness enables you to do more, see more and simply relax more.

We leave Perth at 8am on day 1. With an early departure, we recommend a night in Perth before the tour for those coming from interstate or overseas.

We run the trip in Autumn (between March to May) and in Spring (in September and October). During these months we have the best chance of nice, sunny days without it being too hot as there is no shade along the track. In Spring you will see lots of wildflowers. April and May tend to have the best weather but there are no wildflowers at that time. The water is still warm though so you can still go for a swim at that time. Rain can occur at any time of year. The average temperatures in the months that the walk runs are as follows:

Mar: 13 min - 26 max

Apr: 11 min - 21 max

May: 10 min - 19 max

Sep: 8 min - 18 max

Oct: 9 min - 19 max


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.