The Great South West Edge of the Australian continent is the location of Auswalk’s group guided Cape to Cape expedition. Spanning 135km of Indian Ocean coastline from Cape Leeuwin in the south to Cape Naturaliste in the north, this is the longest coastal walk in Australia.
Mother nature was especially generous when she shaped this extraordinary landscape, blessed with squeaky white sand beaches, rocky bays, wildflowers, wetlands, towering forests and limestone caves, stacks and platforms.
Springtime wildflowers in vivid violet, topaz and crimson provide contrast to the calming blue, green and whites of the ocean, forests and beaches. Many of the offshore reefs, points and headlands you’ll see are coveted as quality surf breaks by local surfers.
The Cape to Cape walk traverses clifftops, deserted beaches, small but perfectly formed hamlets and villages, coastal heathlands, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic endemic Karri forests, tall open stands of eucalypt unique to this part of Australia.
Heritage and history buffs will appreciate remnants of early pioneering days including stone cottage ruins, shipwrecks and other farming tools evoke the hard graft experienced by early settlers.
The terrain offers a great deal of variety. Some days you’ll follow rocky or sandy beaches leading to secluded coves, other sections wind along undulating, well formed walking or vehicle tracks emerging onto coastal heathlands while others traverse sections of wilderness and forested coastal woodland. For good measure, there is the odd bit of scrambling over rocky headlands and even a sandbar crossing of the Margaret River.
With two guides to show you the way, you’ll have the flexibility to walk at a pace that suits you, walking an average of 17km per day (shorter options are available each day if you wish).
The often terrifying and arduous experiences of shipwrecked sailors seeking refuge on this isolated coastline are in stark contrast with the comfort you’ll enjoy staying in our delightful choice of lodgings each night. Accommodation and all meals are included so you’ll have a excellent meal and a comfortable bed to look forward to each day.
On some days you’ll walk in and out from your accommodation, on others there is a short road transfer to/and from each day’s walking.
This walking holiday starts and finishes in Perth. There is a morning departure from Perth on Day 1 to the start of the walk.
If you can’t make it on our scheduled date or prefer to walk independently then have a look at our self guided Cape to Cape trips.
Starts and finishes in Perth.
The walking is mostly moderate with some long days of up to 24km. Mostly coastal tracks with some bushland and some sections of sandy beach. This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.
For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.
The first night is spent in a coastal resort near Margarets Beach and the final two nights are in villas with water views at Smiths Beach.
Two Auswalk guides, all transport starting at Perth, 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 chef prepared dinners (including the renown Lamonts Restaurant), lighthouse tour, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case and info pack.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
We choose springtime for this trip as the wildflowers are at their best.
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
On our last night we will celebrate our achievement with a showcase of the Margaret River regions famous wines and gourmet local produce at the renown Lamonts Restaurant.
Pick up in Perth at 7:30am. Drive to the beginning of the first day’s walk at Boranup. This a very easy section of track which starts with a gentle meander through a native Karri forest (the 3rd tallest hardwood in the world). The track is wide, easy under foot and shaded, making for a very gentle beginning. We get our first sight of the turquoise blue Indian Ocean as we walk out of the forest and along the cliffs toward Redgate. It’s a spectacular section of coastline and includes a remarkable grotto and natural spring at Bob’s Hollow, not to mention that it’s a magnificent surfing spot. We certainly make the most of the splendid isolation of this region on the first day of this brilliant 4 day walk.
We start the day by crossing Margaret River ( can be weather dependent) and walk to Ellensbrook Homestead, a National Trust property which is a beautiful location for lunch, it is also where the original owners built an operational waterwheel. Limestone is plentiful in the area, and today you’ll see Meekadarabee Falls disappearing into a cave. There is also a good coffee opportunity at Gracetown at the end of the day, a small settlement overlooking Cowaramup Bay. Pull out options are available along the way.
Today is also longish day, but it’s very scenic all the way. Highlights today include Wilyabrup cliffs which are popular with rock climbers, huge granite outcrops and two superb capes at Cape Clairault and Canal Rocks. The beach names along here indicate their popularity with surfers – The Window, Wildcat and Honeycombs. Pull out options are available along the way. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a showcase of the Margaret River regions famous wines and gourmet local produce at the renown Lamonts Restaurant.
This is the final section of track. Walk from Smiths Beach or Yallingup to Cape Naturaliste. You’ll pass Sugarloaf Rock, summer home to red-tailed tropic birds. Much of the coast here is limestone cliff, with short beaches and low rocky areas. Along the way there are striking views of Sugarloaf Rock.
Drive back to Perth to arrive around 5pm.