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What can you expect from this walk?

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Self guided inn-to-inn

Highlights:

  • 9 day itinerary (includes 7 days of walking) OR 10 day itinerary (adds a rest day) on Australia’s longest coastal track
  • 135km of Indian Ocean coastline from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste
  • We move you (and your luggage) along the track ensuring that less time is spent in a vehicle
  • Spectacular coastline, clifftops, rocky coves and idyllic bays
  • Hike through towering Karri forests unique to this area
  • Optional rest day enjoying Margaret River gourmet food and wineries
  • Gorgeous wildflower displays in springtime
  • Whale watching in season (July to December)
  • Enjoy spending as little time as possible in a vehicle, we will move you (and your luggage) on to a new accommodation as you progress along the track

Overview:

The self-guided Cape to Cape Walk is one of our most popular trips spanning 135km of Indian Ocean coastline from Cape Leeuwin in the south to Cape Naturaliste in the north, making this the longest coastal walk in Australia.

This unique and remote landscape is blessed with a bounty of nature’s finest, from squeaky white sand beaches and rocky bays; from fields of wildflowers to verdant wetlands, from towering Karri forests to limestone caves, stacks and platforms.

Springtime brings a riot of wildflowers whose kaleidoscope of colours contrast with the calming blue, green and whites of the ocean, forests and beaches. The indigenous Wardandi people of this area maintain strong connections to the sea and land, with the area’s limestone caves believed to be a conduit to the afterlife.

Starting in the southern town of Augusta, walk highlights include the historic lighthouses at Capes Leeuwin and Naturaliste, Hamelin Bay, idyllic Margaret River, Redgate Beach and the majestic granite outcrops and evocatively named surf beaches around Yallingup. There’s an abundance of spectacular views, birdlife, peaceful places to contemplate and welcoming hamlets towns and villages. You’ll see heritage and historical artefacts of early pioneering days including stone cottage ruins, shipwrecks and waterwheels used to generate energy by the early settlers.

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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.

The walk traverses coastal clifftops and heathlands, deserted beaches, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic Karri forests, tall open stands of eucalypt unique to this part of Australia.

Some sections follow rocky or sandy beaches leading to secluded coves, others wind along undulating, well formed walking or vehicle tracks emerging onto coastal heathlands, and others still meander through wilderness, forest and woodlands. Occasionally there’s a short scramble over rocky headlands and even a sandbar crossing of the Margaret River, which at high tide, affords a great canoe crossing option.

This Inn-to-Inn walk is expertly mapped and paced to maximize the time spent enjoying the spectacularly scenery and relaxing in the evening at small but perfectly formed hamlets and villages along the walk. We provide delicious, and nutritious locally sourced breakfast and lunch packs to keep you energized along the way.

With seven solid days of walking, you’ll love staying in small but perfectly formed hamlets and villages at our choice of beachside and riverfront motels and apartments. Accommodation and most evening meals are included so you’ll have a hearty meal and a comfortable bed to look forward to each day. You’ll quickly get to appreciate the benefit of being shifted along to a new accommodation as you progress along this long track. We make sure to avoid any very long rides in a vehicle which you would experience if you were to stay in just one location.

As a self-guided, Inn-to-Inn walk, you have the flexibility to travel at your own pace. Each day you’ll be walking an average of 21km, apart from the first and final days traveling from and back to Perth.

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.

Adding a day gives you a fantastic rest day option in Margaret River, which is highly recommended. You can choose to simply relax at your accommodation (included in this option), enjoy a massage or spa treatment, take a winery and brewery tour or take a half or full day adventure on a mountain bike, caving or canoeing tour.

Here’s another great idea:

While you are in the area, why not do our Bibbulmun Track walk as well? It’s our other self guided trip in Western Australia.

Let's dive into

More Details

Location

We walk the track from south to north for logistical and prevailing weather reasons. It starts in Augusta, about 350km south of Perth. You can get there by public transport.

The holiday finishes in Bunker Bay / Dunsborough. If arriving by car we recommend leaving it at the last accommodation at the northern end of the track then catching a bus to Augusta – this will make things easier at the end of your holiday. Full details will be provided.

Grading

35% easy, 60% moderate, 5% more challenging. 16-24km (6-7 hours) walking time each day. Mostly coastal foot tracks, some 4WD tracks, some sandy beach sections.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please see our Fact Sheet.

Accommodation

B&Bs, country retreat and luxury resorts.

What’s included

9 day itinerary: 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, luggage transfers, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.

10 day itinerary (includes a rest day in the Margaret River region): 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, luggage transfers, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & 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

From March the temperature and humidity starts to drop and the walking is great. The middle of winter can be cold and wet and river crossings may be difficult. By September, springtime is in the air. This holiday is not available over the hot summer months of December to February.

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 at Augusta any time after 2pm – no walking scheduled today. However, there is an excellent riverside walk that will occupy a couple of hours, or you could catch a taxi to Cape Leeuwin and do a lighthouse tour.

Accommodation: Augusta

Day 2

The walking starts at Cape Leeuwin where you should have your photo taken at the lighthouse. It then continues to the petrified water-wheel, and heads northwards. Highlights today include Cape Hamelin, where there is a beautiful bay surrounded by granite boulders and a coastal section with unusual solution holes in the limestone rocks.

Accommodation: Augusta

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: Augusta

Day 4

One of the most spectacular sections of coastline today, including a most interesting walk beside Boodjidup Brook, a meandering stream connecting Devil Pool with the ocean. Plus more delightful karri forest.

Accommodation: Redgate Beach

Day 5

An easier day today with a nice mix of walking along the coast and through inland forest. Today’s walk also crosses the mouth of Margaret River. Mostly this can be crossed on a sandbar, but if it is flowing hard there is a fabulous canoe crossing option!

Accommodation: Margaret River area

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: Margaret River area

Day 7 - NOT PART OF THE 9 DAY ITINERARY

Rest day today.

Accommodation: Margaret River area.

Suggestions for what to do on your rest day:

Margaret River Winery & Brewery Tour – every day from 1000 to 1700, pick up from accommodations – includes visits to 7 attractions, 40 free wine tastings, chocolate & cheese tastings and lunch. Ph: 08 9757 9084

Cellar d’Or – winery tours, daily from 1030-1700, pick up from accommodations, similar inclusions to above. Ph: 0428 179 729 www.cellardortours.com.au

Dirty Detours – mountain bike adventures, half day rides for all levels – including “Sip n Cycle” tour. Helmets provided. Ph: 08 9758 8312 www.dirtydetours.com

Cave & Canoe Bushtucker Tours – on the Margaret River, daily from 0940 to 1400. No motorised craft are permitted on the river. Includes equipment, instruction, a cave visit and a wild foods lunch. Ph: 08 9757 9084 www.bushtuckertours.com

Cape Kayaks – from Dunsborough area. Two hour guided tours, also have canoe hire. Ph: 0417 961 689 www.capekayaks.com

Injidup Spa – full range of massage therapies & spa rituals overlooking Injidup Beach. Ph: 08 9750 1333 www.injidupsparetreat.com.au

Caves – there are many caves open to the public but you’d need to arrange taxi transport. Phone 08 9780 5911 for more info.

Day 8

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: Yallingup

Day 9

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: Bunker Bay

Day 10

Finish after breakfast with a transfer to Dunsborough for transport connections. Or you could ask for a late check out and enjoy the resort facilities or have a spa or massage. Many people also like to extend their holiday with another rest day at Bunker Bay (we can arrange this for you).

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Janine and Craig Sawyer – November 2015, Cape to Cape Track

We had such a wonderful hike along the glorious Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste Trail on the beautiful south coast of WA in November this year.
Our self-guided walk was made even more enjoyable by the amazing food, Margaret River wines and accommodation that Auswalks organised for us along the way. We meet some fantastic people in the towns that we stayed in and they made our holiday all that much more special.
Auswalks have captured the essence of Australia in this walk,the landscape, people, ocean, WA wildflowers, rocks and peppermint trees, towering gums and Karri trees and of course long sandy beaches it is truly beautiful. We would like to thank Auswalks for a very special and most enjoyable walk- we will be talking about this for the rest of our lives.
All the best Janine and Craig Sawyer.

Pam Walker – October 2015, Cape to Cape Track

A wonderful experience of natural beauty, combined with full support for all our daily needs.
We could completely relax & fully enjoy the spectacular scenery & wild flowers.

Anne Judge – September 2015, Cape to Cape Track

Auswalk arranged everything really well. The accommodation was fantastic and varied which made it interesting.
The people who were looking after us at the pick up and drop off points were very nice and extremely helpful…Andrea in Augusta and Andy in Margaret River.
The notes were very good, had a couple of places that we got a little confused but that certainly added to the adventure.
All in all a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to do another walk and will definitely book with Auswalk.

Lisa Daye – September 2015, Cape to Cape Track

To all at Auswalk, Ian and I once again had the most fantastic walking holiday experience completing the Cape to Cape with Auswalk.
Besides the great hospitality, accommodation, food and scenery we happened to cross paths with a couple of like-minded souls and made two wonderful new friends.
After a few days rest we are now looking forward, with tremendous anticipation, to walking 150 km of the Bibbulmun Track. Can’t wait!

Jennifer Kenny – September 2016, Cape to Cape Track, USA

The Cape to Cape is heartbreakingly beautiful.
Auswalk gently and kindly opens the door to the magic.
We were transparently and seamlessly taken care of and left to savour the magnificence.
Auswalk captures the Aussie style of no fuss, can do, joyfully delivering great service.
Unsurpassed experience. I will do as many more walks with Auswalk as I can.

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