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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • A grand, 9 day expedition on Australia’s longest coastal track
  • 135km of Indian Ocean coastline from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste
  • Spectacular coastline, clifftops, rocky coves and idyllic bays
  • Hike through towering Karri forests unique to this area
  • Gorgeous wildflower displays in springtime
  • Whale watching in season (July to December)
  • Excellent accommodations and food, picturesque villages and Margaret River wineries
  • Enjoy spending as little time as possible on the bus, we will move you (and your luggage) on to a new accommodation as you progress along the track

Overview:

The Great South West Edge of the Australian continent is the location of Auswalk’s group guided Cape to Cape Walk. 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 area’s traditional custodians are the Wardandi people with strong connections to the sea. The limestone caves are believed by the Wardandi to connect with the afterlife.

Heading north from the town of Augusta to Hamelin Bay, Margaret River, Prevelly and Yallingup, the Cape to Cape walk traverses clifftops, deserted beaches, small but perfectly formed hamlets and villages, coastal heathlands, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic Karri forests, tall open stands of eucalypt unique to this part of Australia.

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More on what you'll experience

See some amazing photos of this track, as featured recently in Australian Geographic. There’s also a magnificent video of the walk.

Heritage and history buffs will appreciate remnants of early pioneering days including stone cottage ruins, shipwrecks, waterwheels 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 if you wish), apart from the final day when we transport you back to Perth.

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, which include beachside and riverfront motels and apartments. Accommodation and most 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 at Augusta so ideally you’ll arrive the night prior. After a celebratory breakfast in Yallingup on Day 9, we’ll transfer you to Perth.

NOTE: This trip can easily be combined with our Bibbulmun Track guided group trip for an extended Western Australia walking holiday.

If you’re after a shorter itinerary then our 4 day Cape to Cape and Margaret River Long Weekend trip is for you.

If you can’t make it on our scheduled group guided dates, or prefer to walk independently, then have a look at our self guided Cape to Cape trip.

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More Details

Location

Starts and finishes in Perth.

Grading

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.

Accommodation

We spend the first night in a comfortable motel in the small town of Augusta. The next four nights are in a luxury coastal resort near Margarets Beach and the final three nights are in villas with water views at Smiths Beach.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport starting at Perth, 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, lighthouse tour, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case and info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

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.

Regional food and wine

This walk is in the Margaret River region which is famous for its many boutique wineries and gourmet fresh local produce.

The Itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

Starts in Perth at 8.30am. Travel south for lunch in the Margaret River wine area. Visit historic Cape Leeuwin lightstation and then walk a short section of the Cape to Cape Track in the historic waterwheel area.

Accommodation: Augusta

Day 2

Continue on the Cape to Cape track. Highlights today include Cape Hamelin, where there is a beautiful bay surrounded by granite boulders, sandy Deepdene Beach and a coastal section with unusual solution holes in the limestone rocks.

Accommodation: Redgate Beach

Day 3

Today’s walking is along a fairly remote stretch of coastline commencing with the long Boranup Beach. The remainder is easy walking through coastal heathlands, eucalyptus and peppermint woodlands. There is also a section with masses of grass trees and the first of the tall karri forests.

Accommodation: Redgate Beach

Day 4

One of the most spectacular sections of coastline today, including a remarkable grotto and natural spring at Bob’s Hollow. Enjoy a special treat at lunchtime today with an indigenous foods banquet on the beach.

Accommodation: Redgate Beach

Day 5

Once again, a mix of walking along the coast and through inland forest. An interesting section today is the walk beside Boodjidup Brook, a meandering stream connecting Devil Pool with the ocean. Today’s walk also crosses the mouth of the mighty Margaret River.

Accommodation: Redgate Beach

Day 6

The walk continues past Ellensbrook Homestead, a National Trust property where the original owners also 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 coffee opportunity at Gracetown, a small settlement overlooking Cowaramup Bay.

Accommodation: Smiths Beach

Day 7

Today has the longest distance to cover, 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 it’s popularity with surfers – The Window, Wildcat and Honeycombs.

Accommodation: Smiths Beach

Day 8

This is the final section of track. Walk from Canal Rocks Rd to Cape Naturaliste, then to Bunker Bay for the night. 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.

Accommodation: Smiths Beach

Day 9

Travel back to Perth to arrive around 1pm.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Margaret Spooner – September 2016, Cape to Cape Track

I’m sure the friendliness and welcome from our guides contributed to everyone enjoying each other’s company and having a wonderful time.
It was one of the best walking holidays I’ve done, despite adverse weather on several days. Thank you.

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$ 3395 per person twin/double share
$ 885 Single Supplement (private room)

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