Along the coast of Australia’s southwest edge is the longest coastal walk in all of Australia. The Cape to Cape track traverses 135km from the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

Heading north on the track, you will get to experience all that Mother Nature has to offer. The gentle sea breeze will waft through your hair as you peer over the edge of granite cliff tops in search of whales breaching, dolphins playing among the waves, and seabirds flying just above the surface of the sparkling blue Indian Ocean.

Private: Cape to Cape Long Weekend

Group-guided

The most scenic sections of the Cape to Cape track in the Margaret River region renowned for its fine cuisine.

Group-guided 4 Days From $1755 Moderate What's Included

Private: Cape to Cape Long Weekend

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What's Included
  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • Some of the best walking on the Cape to Cape Track has to offer
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 3 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Daily meals including  cooked breakfasts, walkers lunches and chef-prepared two course dinners and track snacks
  • All transport from Perth, and luggage transport
  •  National park admission
  • Lighthouse tour
  • Auswalk guide pack including lunch bag and container

Cape to Cape

Self-guided

Superb Coastal hiking in the Margaret River region. 135km of Indian Ocean coastline from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste. Spectacular coastline, deserted beaches & more.

Self-guided 9 or 10 Days From $2795 Moderate What's Included

Cape to Cape

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What's Included
  • 9 or 10 day (includes a rest day) pack free walking holiday
  • Walk the entire Cape to Cape Track from end to end
  • 8 or 9 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Chef-prepared cooked breakfasts and substantial Walkers Lunches each day and 6 two course a la carte dinners
  • Luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case , insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from our driver and representatives on the ground

Cape to Cape

Group-guided

Walk the iconic long distance Cape to Cape track from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste. Dramatic coastline, idyllic secluded coves. Majestic Karri forests & pristine beaches.

Group-guided 8 Days From $2495 Moderate What's Included

Cape to Cape

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What's Included
  • 2 professional and experienced guides
  • Fully inclusive – including all transport from Perth and on and off the track
  • 2 course dinners, walkers lunches and continental/cooked breakfasts each day
  • 8 days of pack free walking sleeping in a comfortable bed with the luxury of having a hot shower each day
  • Ensuite rooms available at an extra cost of $300 per walker based on twin share accommodation
  • Wine tasting – exploring the great wines of the Margaret River Region
  • Benefit of being located in the Margaret River an area renowned for its excellent food and wine
  • Security of walking with a company that has nearly 30 years’ experience in running group guided walking holidays

Cape to Cape Highlights

Self-guided

Hike the most beautiful sections of the Cape to Cape Track in the Margaret River region. Walk spectacular coastline, clifftops, rocky coves and idyllic bays.

Self-guided 6 Days From $1995 Moderate What's Included

Cape to Cape Highlights

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What's Included
  • Luggage transport so you can walk pack free
  • Vehicle transfers
  • 5 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Chef-prepared cooked breakfasts, two course a la carte dinners and substantial Walkers Lunches
  • National park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case , insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from our driver and representatives on the ground

OVERVIEW

This walk will take you through the magnificent Karri forests, along squeaky white sand beaches, over the colourful coastal heathlands, and into many quaint villages of the region. Along the way, you will get to walk along the famous Margaret River, check out the mossy rocks of Meekadarabee Falls, tour the Ellensbrook Homestead, view panoramic ocean views from the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, rest in the Cosy Corner, and much more. As you traverse, keep an eye out for Western Australia’s wildlife. You will be able to see kangaroos munching on grass and the brown bandicoot scuttling among the leaves. In addition, make sure to look up to spot the vivid colours of the parrots, purple-crowned lorikeets, and red-winged wrens.

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history

Born as an idea in the early 1970s, the Cape to Cape Track was officially opened in 2001. Explorers of the region used the area originally for short walks. As more wineries and restaurants began to pop up in the area, they began incorporating meals into the short treks. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Jane Scott, now president of the Friends of the Cape to Cape Track, and Neil Taylor, Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP’s recreation planner, came together with the idea of a long-distance track. Together they created a walk along the sandy beaches, already built short tracks, and small paths used by fisherman, farmers, and surfers.

In the late 1990s, the national park began the construction of the Cape to Cape track, but sadly it ran out of money before completion. It was then that Friends of the Cape to Cape track was formed to try and receive the funding that the national park could not. Without the Friends, this track would have never been completed.

The Friends has grown to an impressive 400 members since its creation, and it is their annual subscription fee that keeps the track well-maintained. On top of that, members of the Friends and the community can “adopt” part of the track. Once a quarter or once a year, the “adoptee” will prune, gather rubbish, clean-up signs, and do other important maintenance along their section of the track. Over 30 members of the Friends have already adopted a section along with organisations like The Margaret River Surfrider Foundation.

This strong community keeps this track alive. In the past fifteen years, the park has increased its visitors from 900,000 annually to 2.3 million, making it one of the most popular parks in WA. As the year’s pass, the park and its fantastic community will grow and flourish together.

Margaret River Background

Margaret River has a rich background that has led this small town on an incredible journey. This area was originally known as Wooditchup to the Noongar people. Early signs of this Australian Aboriginal tribe can be found at Devil’s Lair Cave where many artefacts were discovered. It is believed that this tribe resided in Margaret River for about 48,000 years; even with European settlement, the Noongar people continue to stay connected to this region.

In the 1620s, the Dutch vessel “Leeuwin” first discovered the area, but it wasn’t until the 1830s that European settlers came to Cape Leeuwin. The next 100 years led Margaret River through a timber industry, with many Noongar people helping the settlers. Finally, in 1912, the town of Margaret River began construction with three tiny houses. The population of Margaret River began to grow rapidly with the expansion of the town and an extensive tree planting endeavour to replace what had been lost.

Another 100 years later, Margaret River has transformed into a popular tourist destination, world-renowned for its surfing hotspots and incredible wineries.

Flora & Fauna

The Cape to Cape Track is rich in its variety of flora and fauna. Along the western slopes of the track, dense and colourful heath cover the area. Brightly coloured buttercups, wattles, blue fan-flowers, and red cockies’ tongues coat the ground like sprinkles on a cake. Peppermint and Rottnest tea-trees grow tall in untamed areas and can be seen pruned along the track as well.

On the eastern edge of the ridge, the flora becomes more wooded with its famous Karri trees. Mixed in you will see jarrah-marri and sheoak as well. Among the sandy stretches, you can also spot holly-leaved banksia and candle banksia.

Throughout the forest and along the coast climbing plants such as the purple wisteria, the red coral vine, and the white clematis add bright touches of colour to the landscape. Walking the track during the springtime is the best season to see these plants in full bloom.

Hidden among, around, and above the lush flora of the Cape to Cape track are enough animals to keep any animal-lover busy trying to spot them. During the day, the main attraction are the birds. In the mornings and evenings, you will get the listen to their sweet songs and catch glimpses of their impressive colours as they fly by. You can witness birds such as parrots, purple-crowned lorikeets, red-winged wrens, New Holland honeyeaters, golden whistlers and more. If you look out past the cliffs, you can find seabirds like cormorants, oystercatchers, and reef herons prowling the surf and sand for a snack.

If it is a sunny day, you may find lizards and snakes sunning themselves along the track. Usually, they will slither away on your approach but do be careful of dugites and tiger snakes. You may be able to see the elusive carpet python or the bearded dragon soaking up the sunshine as well.

This track is home to a variety of small rodents like the brown bandicoot, the quenda, the phascogale, and the chuditch. It will be rare to see one, given their nocturnal tendencies, but you may get lucky. It is much more likely that you will see the western grey kangaroos grazing on grass as you pass by.

Lastly, make sure to look out over the water. Dolphins are known to play in these waters year round. If you do your trek during winter, you may get the chance to see the migration of the whales through the area.

Local Cuisine & Wineries

The Cape to Cape track has some of the best and most interesting food in the region. Prided on local produce, restaurants provide healthy and delectable meals that will suit every kind of diner. Here are a few of our favourite restaurants that we like to sample along our walking holiday.

The Margaret River region is also one of the most populated wine regions in Australia. There are more than 135 wineries each creating their own unique wines, and it is impossible not to experience at least one on your walking holiday. There are many amazing choices to choose from on the Cape to Cape track.

The Common

Add a modern twist to the traditional pub grub, and you have The Common. This is the perfect location to rest and grab some hearty food after your long day of walking. Eat some of the classics such as steak and pizza, then finish it off with some sticky date pudding. It is more than just a restaurant though, you can also take part in a game of pool, watch a sporting event on the big screen, or enjoy the sunset with a beer on the deck. You will live and eat like a local down at The Common.

The White Elephant Beach Café

If you want to grab breakfast before heading out on your trek for the day, stop by The White Elephant Beach Café. You can get a taste of nature right on the beach as you sip a coffee, smoothie, or other morning drink. Fill up on a healthy and filling breakfast; they have everything from coconut bircher to the smashed pumpkin. This is a lovely way to start your trek the right way!

The Sea Garden Café and Beach Bar

Take it easy at the Sea Garden Café and Beach Bar where they pride themselves on providing excellent service, fresh food, and a mellow atmosphere. Their cuisine is a fascinating mix of Aussie, Euro, and Indo cuisine with a Latin flair. They are open every day, and you don’t need to worry about making a reservation, just pop on by. There is something for everyone here.

Miki’s Open Kitchen

Do you want a taste of Japan while you are walking the Cape to Cape? Miki’s uses local produce to recreate the most delicious dishes of Japan. Choose between Miki’s Trust or Miki’s Complete for your meal. Miki’s will take your palate on an adventure where you will experience a variety of dishes on their multi-course menu. It is important to make a reservation in advance if you want a chance to eat here because they only serve two rounds a night, one at 6 pm and one at 8 pm.

The Studio Bistro Restaurant

An independent family-owned restaurant, the Studio Bistro offers a delectable menu that will make your taste buds soar. Sample one of their light entrees before filling up on the main course; this includes items such as pork belly, roasted wattleseed parsnip, and more. Going with a friend or significant other? You have the option to choose their share plates! Make sure to save room for one of their delicious desserts to end the night on a sweet note.

Little Fish

Located overlooking a sparkling lake right in the heart of Gunyulgup Valley lies Little Fish. Take your time at this cosy restaurant to sample the cheese board appetiser before beginning your meal.  Not that hungry? No problem, Little Fish has a variety of light meals and salads that will excellently complement your small appetite. Maybe you are starving after walking all day? Enjoy their variety of pasta, seafood, and grilled options to get that hearty meal you are craving. Relax after your meal with a dessert wine, coffee, and something sweet. Little Fish is the perfect location to share a meal, sip a glass of wine, and visit the Gunyulgup Art Gallery next door.

Other Side of The Moon Restaurant

Look no further than your accommodation for your meal! Other Side of the Moon is in the heart of the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort. Named after the surf break nearby, you will appropriately be seated with a fantastic view of the ocean where you can watch the sunset and the moon rise as you eat your meal. Other Side of the Moon focuses on indigenous ingredients to create a delectable dining experience for you. This restaurant is quite popular, so make sure to book a reservation so you don’t miss out!

Barnyard 1978

This restaurant does pasta like you have never seen before! Barnyard 1978 is a mix of classy dining and old architecture. Before you even begin to dine (or after), you can look through the viewing window and watch the making of their signature pasta. On top of that, you can visit their wine and honey tastings to warm up your palate or for an after-dinner cleanser. Every item on the menu is made of top quality ingredients from their baked potato gnocchi to their squid ink casarecce. You will leave stuffed to the brim with a smile on your face.

Swings & Roundabouts Taphouse & Kitchen

Swings & Roundabouts is as local as you can get along the Cape to Cape Track. With award-winning wines available and seasonal styled foods, you know that you are going to get a fresh and flavourful night out. Relax by the fire or enjoy the view of the grapevines from the verandah, as you munch on their selection of small bites, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts. Maybe you don’t want to go out tonight? That’s okay because they also offer take out!

Brookwood Estate

Brookwood Estate is a family-owned winery that was formed by some of the first pioneers in the region. Settling in the area in 1910, they began the winery in 1996 from a bare paddock. Brookwood is a unique winery in that you can pop into their restaurant and experience a full five-course meal for you to get a true understanding of the wine pairings. Of course, you can always just sample the wine!

Churchview Estate

Sitting on a 100-hectare property, Churchview currently has over half of that land covered in vines with 16 different grape varieties. Take the opportunity to visit their Cellar Door for a free wine tasting. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the wine tasting process. They even have spittoons for your designated driver so that everyone goes home safely!

Goon Tycoons

Goon Tycoons is a new take on an old industry. The three young men who created idea have been in the wine industry for a long time but have added a modern twist. Showcasing the smaller vineyards that they stumble across, they enjoy the quest for finding unique wines! Looking in their store, you can find wines such as the “Red Headed Step Child” Riesling, the “Rapunzel” Field Bled Rose, and the “Bush Vine” Grenache. These young men are out to change the perspective of wine, will you dare to try it?

Clairault Streicker

Just off of Caves Road you will find the Clairault Streicker Estates where forest meets farmland in the most charming way. Clairault Streicker has been producing wine for over 40 years in the Margaret River Region and now you can get a taste. Join the knowledgeable staff in the Discovery Room to try to find the perfect Clairault or Streicker vintage wine for you. Pair it with their bite-size menu to get an idea of the pairings or, if you want a fuller experience, dine in their café.

ACCOMMODATION

Margaret's Beach Resort

Just 500 metres from Gnarabup Beach is the luxurious Margarets Beach Resort. This apartment style resort is perfect for groups, families, or a romantic getaway; you can even upgrade to the spa apartments! Also, Margaret’s Beach Resort sports a heated pool and an onsite restaurant to ensure a pleasurable stay.

Caves House

Looking over 4.5 hectares of extensive gardens, Caves House is the perfect stop along your walking holiday for an old world and new world collaboration. Now known for its live music, beer gardens, and unique function rooms, this heritage listed iconic hotel was built in 1903 to provide accommodation for tourists visiting the famous Nigili Cave.

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

This 5-star award-winning hotel creates an idyllic end after a long day of walking. Luxurious and spacious studio rooms or villas are available, whatever suits your personal style. Sample the in-house restaurants, bars, and lounges or take a dip in the heated infinity-edge pool. Do you still have more energy left? Try out of the fitness centre or tennis courts! Exhausted from all the walking? Take advantage of their rejuvenating spa to get you prepared for the next day.

Chandlers Smiths Beach Villas

Enjoy these fully self-contained villas with gorgeous ocean views out every window. Take advantage of having a barbecue in one of the public areas or enjoy a cosy dinner in the villa. These villas are wonderful for families or groups, and they boast a variety of amenities for everyone! Built with natural materials, this is the perfect stop to make you feel at home.

Seashells

Set within the same heritage-listed bountiful gardens as Caves House, Seashells prides itself on its charming and relaxing atmosphere. You can pop on up to Caves House to take advantage of their amenities or enjoy the DIY outdoor dining areas. There are many options to make this stop perfection before continuing with your walking holiday.

Karriview Margaret River

Situated within the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park and just a short stroll away from Cowaramup Bay, Karriview Margaret River provides a fun set of activities that make for a peaceful stop along your walking holiday. Enjoy a game of tennis on the courts, play a match of chess on the giant outdoor chess board, explore the orchards to pick some delicious fruit, or simply stargaze once the sun goes down. Add in comfortable lodges and an abundance of self-catering amenities, and you have a cheerful stay waiting for you.

Margaret’s Forest Apartments:

Do you still want to be immersed in nature after your day trek is complete? Look no further because Margaret’s Forest Apartments is where the forest meets the quaint town of Margaret River. Each trendy, self-contained apartment is nestled right in the middle of the forest. You can cycle along the river, lounge in the spa bath, or relax out on the patio. This breath of fresh air will keep you absorbed in nature for your entire stay.

Alouarn Retreat

This 5-star holiday home is situated on a 5-acre property overlooking Margaret River and the ocean. The entire 6 bedroom/4 bath house can be rented out exclusively for your walking holiday. Take advantage of all the amenities of home from the fully-stocked kitchen the to bubbling hot tub. You can even enjoy the stunning sunsets over the water from the property’s private gazebo.

Transport

Our walking holiday along the Cape to Cape runs from south to north to avoid unpleasant weather conditions. We will begin in Augusta, roughly 350km south of Perth. Augusta is easy to get to via public or private transport.

Our walking holiday finishes in Bunker Bay / Dunsborough. If you choose to arrive via car, we suggest that you leave your car at the last accommodation on the track and take the bus down to Augusta. This way you avoid having to retrieve your car after your walking holiday, as it will already be there waiting for you.

If you choose our group guided tours, we will start in Perth. You will be picked us in our minibus and transported to the beginning of the walk and returned to Perth at the end.

During your walking holiday, we will transport your luggage between each accommodation. All you will have to carry is a lightweight daypack.

By Car from Perth to Bunker Bay

Take Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2 from Roe St. Then follow State Route 2 and National Route 1 to Robertson Dr/State Route 10 in Davenport. Lastly, continue on State Route 10, Caves Rd and Cape Naturaliste Rd to Bunker Bay Rd in Naturaliste.

Duration: 3 hours

By Public Transport from Perth to Augusta

Take the Mandurah Line from Cockburn Central Train Station to Mandurah Stations for 33 minutes (6 stops). Transfer to the Mandurah Bus Station and get on the Pemberton Line to August. Exit 21 stops later at the Blackwood Ave stop.

Additional information will be provided upon booking.

Duration: 5 hours

climate/weather

The climate in Margaret River is generally warm and moderate. Most of the rainfall occurs during the winter, with some rainfall in spring and autumn, and hardly any rain during the summer. In February, the average rainfall is around 11mm, making it the driest month of the year. In comparison, June is the wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 214mm.

The temperature in Margaret River is quite lovely, with only an 8.0°C range difference throughout the year. February boasts the hottest month at around 20.8°C with July taking the chilliest month at an average of 12.8°C. This moderate and easy-going climate makes it the perfect location for your walking holiday.

Cape to Cape climate chart

Source; BOM

Terrain

The Cape to Cape Track runs along Australia’s most south-westerly coastline between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. Between these two capes, the landscape boasts high limestones clifftops, tall Karri forests, long sandy beaches, and gorgeous granite headlands.

The Cape to Cape is formed of two main rock types. The top of the ridge was formed over the past 2 million years out of consolidated wind-blown sand that is highly susceptible to erosion, creating a crumbling look to the top of the cliffs. Underneath is a much harder and erosion-resistant layer formed of granite, gneiss, and other metamorphic rocks that date back between 600 and 1500 million years ago.

The Margaret River and other smaller streams flow to the coast from the east, pouring out into the ocean. They flow heavily in winter and spring but dry up come summer which creates sandbars that make coastal walking much easier.

Along the coast, there is also an abundance of cave systems within easy reach of the track. These intricate and well-formed caves have been attracting tourists for generations, many of which are open the public.

when to walk

The best times of the year to walk are during spring and autumn. You will experience wonderful weather, comfortable temperatures, and beautiful transformations of nature that come with the changing of the seasons. Summer is also a lovely time to visit, although it can be a bit warm, so remember to take plenty of water with you in your day pack. Winter is doable as well if you plan appropriately. Make sure to check the forecasts because streams and rivers could be flooded or beaches washed out. Don’t worry too much, if that is the case then Auswalk will provide you with an alternative route to keep you out of danger! Overall, this is a walk for all seasons as long as you plan ahead!

walking fitness levels

The fitness levels required to walk the Coast to Coast varies from easy to difficult. Large parts of the track are easy to moderate in difficulty. At times, the track will get more challenging with hard surfaces and soft beach sand. Some days on the track are longer than others, but on average full-day walks are about 19k in length at about 5-7.5 hours of the walking total. This is the perfect opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves, but we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day into your walking holiday.

walking essentials

As with any journey, it is essential to be prepared for your self-guided walking holiday. While we will be transporting your luggage from accommodation to accommodation, you will still be carrying a light-weight day pack with you. Here is what we suggest that you carry with you each day:

  • Walking notes, map and a map case
  • Picnic lunch packed in an insulated container (when supplied)
  • Quality waterproof jacket with a hood
  • Warm jumper or jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen (at least 15+)
  • 1 to 2 litres of water
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Some money
  • Mobile phone (please note that reception is not available in all walk areas)
  • Personal insect repellent, band-aids, and a small container of salt mixed with rice grains
  • Personal necessities (example: required medication)

Now that we have the essentials packed, it is time to think of those additional items that may be worth packing along with you. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (with an extra battery or SIM cards)
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook and pen
  • Matches
  • Small torch
  • Walking stick
  • Thermos (for hot drinks)
  • Additional snacks

locations

Augusta

August is as far south-west as you can go in Australia. As the start of the Cape to Cape Track, many tourists and walkers begin their journey in this adorable town. There are many activities right at your fingertips in Augusta: whale-watching tours, a spectacular golf course, local shopping, and more. It is the perfect place to begin your walking holiday.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

On this dangerous cape sits the historic and still working Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. As the tallest lighthouse of mainland Australia, this is a destination that you cannot miss. You can take in the breathtaking scenery where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet and learn about how this lighthouse came to be. If you are a bird-lover, this is the perfect location to spot a variety of seabirds and the olive-green rock parrot.

Petrified Waterwheel

Have you ever seen a petrified waterwheel? Heading north from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, you can witness a water wheel that has been petrified over time. How? The lime from the water formed a layer around the wheel and slowly turned to stone! It is certainly worth checking out!

Cape Hamelin

Just south of Hamelin Bay lies Cape Hamelin, named for the French travellers who traversed this coastline. This spectacular headland consists of ridges created by granite and boulders. Rising 20m high, these ridges proceed inland where they are covered by soft dunes. If you look out into the water, you will be able to see massive boulders peeking out from beneath the waves.

Cosy Corner

Located just one kilometre north of Cape Hamelin is Cosy Corner. This remarkable coastal stretch is the perfect place to rest along your trek with its white sand beaches and sheltered location. Dip your feet into the water, take a quick swim, or watch the divers take to the waters.

Boranup Beach

Boranup Beach is one of the longest stretches of beach on the Cape to Cape track, extending 7.8km from Hamelin Bay. White sand meets turquoise coloured waves with seabirds flying overhead. Kick off your boots and walk in the waves! You will also likely be able to see surfers from a variety of skill levels, depending on the intensity of the surf that day.

Boranup Forest

Unique in its flora, Boranup Forest is a sight to behold. The tall, pale-barked, Karri trees grow in abundance here, reaching up to 60 metres in height. This is the farthest west that Karri trees are known to grow, which is rare given how close they are to the coast. Carpeting the ground is a colourful array of wildflowers and orchids. Keep an eye out for some of Australia’s famous rodents among the dirt or look up and spot the gorgeous feathers of the native birds.

Boodjidup Brook

>Known for its history in gold, Boodjidup Brook gathers quite a few tourists who are hopeful to see if they can be the first to find a golden nugget. Local author, Tom Wenman, brought light to a 20-year-old mystery that has everyone curious in its validity. Do you think that you could find gold? Probably not, but it is a beautiful walk!

Redgate Beach

Offering a relaxing break from the heavy surf, Redgate Beach is the perfect place to chill. Large dunes and granite boulders pepper the beach, providing the optimal spot to plant yourself for a well-deserved rest. While you take in the beautiful view, keep an eye out for the Hooded Plover and the Australian Hobby!

Gnarabup Beach

As one of the most popular beaches, Gnarabup Beach provides a plethora of people-watching along your walk. Watch beginner surfers try their hands at the waves, boats launching off the ramp, experienced swimmers taking a dip, and dogs playing along the shore. The waves of Gnarabup Beach are usually quite small, but the beach has quite the slope down into the ocean, making it a fun but challenging stretch to walk!

Margaret River

Named after the Margaret River, this town is world-renowned for its wine. This region alone produces 3% of Australia’s wine, so visiting a local winery is a must. In the town centre, you will find a vast array of galleries, cafes, curiosity shops, boutiques, restaurants, and more. If you happen to pass through on a Saturday morning, make sure to visit the Farmers Markets to stock up on snacks before continuing on your walking holiday.

Ellensbrook Homestead

Founded in 1830 by Alfred and Ellen Brussel, this historic home has stood the test of time. Built by servants, convicts, and the local Noongar people, taking a tour through this house is like taking a step back in time. The land where Ellensbrook sits is known as Mokidup, by the Noongar people, and was a traditional summer camping ground for hundreds of years. It is not a surprise that in 1899 one of Ellen’s daughters established Ellensbrook as a Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. While it is managed by the National Trust now, it is worth taking a peek inside to see the traditional home layout and all original furniture from over 150 years ago.

Meekadarabee Falls

Known as “the bathing place of the moon” by the Aboriginal people, Meekadarabee Falls is a hidden gem along the Cape to Cape Track. You can take the easy 2km walk from Ellenbrook Homestead to reach the falls. Take the time to marvel at the wildflowers along the way and enjoy the easy stretch of track. The waterfall itself is simply beautiful with moss covered rocks and a tiny cave behind it.

Gracetown

With only 500 people as permanent residents, Gracetown relies on surfers and tourists to maintain itself as a fantastic coastal town. Located on the hills around Cowaramup Bay, it boasts a gorgeous view of the sparkling blue waters. Pop on down to the beach to feel the sand between your toes or grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant. This tiny town is a wonderful little stop along your trek.

Cowaramup Bay

Cowaramup Bay is just down the hill from the tiny Gracetown village. This one-kilometre wide bay is known as a world-class surfing destination. Rocky outcroppings that edge the beach combined with reefs keep the waves less than 1m high at the shore, making this a popular spot for all kinds of surfers. Dip your toes in the water, watch the boats launch off the boat ramp, and maybe witness a surfer take a header into the water.

Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs

Towering at a height of 30m, the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs will have you feeling small in comparison. These stunning cliffs are a stunning colour of orange, and if you manage to arrive at sunset, you will see them become even more so as they reflect the light of the sunset. Wilyabrup is a popular spot for daring rock climbers, and it also holds a viewing platform. Capture the view of the coast for all your social media moments or simply enjoy the breeze as you look out over the endless ocean.

Moses Rock

Golden sandy beaches line the shore of this popular surf break. Located halfway between Yallingup and Gracetown, this beach is the perfect getaway for solo travellers, couples, and families. Peer into tidal pools for tiny sea creatures, walk along the waves, or relax in the warm sand!

Cape Clairault

In 1802, French explorers Nicholas Baudin, Emmanual Hamelin, and their crew named this cape after Alexis Clairault. Cape Clairault extends so far out from the coast that it can be seen all the way from Cape Naturaliste. This cape experiences all of the force of the Indian Ocean and holds quite dangerous waters. Only the most advanced of surfers dare to test their skills here. For walkers, Clairault is a great location to feel the power and grace of Mother Nature. Take in the rich views and a breath of the fresh sea air.

Canal Rocks

The Canal Rocks are a feat of nature unlike any other in the world. The power of the Indian Ocean has crashed into the granite coastline for thousands of years, slowly breaking away at the rocks until it formed a graceful curve of islands. A wooden boardwalk and network of bridges allow tourists to walk between the islands and along the rocks. The mighty Indian Ocean will rush just underneath your feet and swirl in tide-pools protected in hidden crevices of the rocks. This location is stunning at all times and is especially invigorating when a big storm or large swells come in. Keep in mind that the ocean is a sneaky mistress, so keep clear of the edge of the rocks so you don’t get pulled in by a sudden wave.

Yallingup

Yallingup claims to be where surfing in the region began! This quaint town is home to numerous surfing competitions during the year and the whole town is built around the water. Large viewing platforms line the edge of the beach to watch the competitions and take in the beautiful scenery. Yallingup is so gorgeous that it has inspired many artists to create; there are more galleries in Yallingup than anywhere else in the Margaret River Region! Of course, it is a must to visit the beach where you can surf, swim, or snorkel. Also, there is a fun playground for children, restaurants for everyone’s dining pleasure, and pubs to quench that evening thirst!

Honeycombs Beach

Honeycombs Beach is a sweet spot for sunbathing and watching surfers. Pristine white sand gently slopes down to the ocean below to create a truly picturesque setting. Sand dunes and rocky areas make wonderful exploration locations for smaller children. Make sure to keep a watchful eye on the kids, especially when they’re in the water, due to the dangerous rip currents. Surfers are often riding the fairly consistent break, but this is for more advanced surfers. So, lay out on a towel, read a good book, and let the sunshine ease all your worries away!

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is a must-see attraction along your walking holiday. You can take a half-hour guided tour of the lighthouse which provides a fascinating insight into the history of the lighthouse and how it works. In the end, you will reach the very top where you will witness awe-inspiring views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, and the Geographe Bay coastline. Afterwards, grab a light snack from the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Café and check out the newly installed lower observation platform!

Sugarloaf Rock

Sugarloaf Rock is a goliath along this coastline; it is easy to see why it draws such massive crowds. A new lookout provides an epic view of Sugarloaf and it is accessible to both young and old. Take a few minutes to marvel at the strength in which the Indian Ocean pounds against this extraordinary crag and see if you can identify any of the local fauna. Bird watching is especially popular here and it is the ideal location to spot the red-tailed tropic bird while it nests. In winter, humpback and southern right whales migrate through the area, while year round you may be able to spot dolphins playing amongst the surf.

Bunker Bay

One could argue that Bunker Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in the entire Margaret River Region. Clean white sand extends for two kilometres down the coastline where the gentle azure waves lap against the shore. This is the ideal location for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, surfing, or just relaxing after a long day. In the summer, there is Surf Lifesaving present along the beach. As well, if you are developing a bit of a thirst, you can head up to the carpark to grab a drink from the little café. Bunker Bay is the best way to end a wonderful walking holiday.

non-walking activites

Drug-Aware Margaret River Pro Surfing Competition

The World Surfing League Champion Tour attracts the best male and female surfers in the world to compete in Margaret River each year. As one of the few places in the world that can boast consistent big waves, Margaret River’s other tourist destinations and world-class wineries bring a massive amount of tourists to this epic event. With the contest holding free events, free shuttle bus transfers, and more; there is no reason not to hit up this massive event while in the area!

Cabin Fever Festival

Held in July, the Cabin Fever Festival is one of Australia’s newest winter festivals. Get out of the house and try something new by attending this festival where many attractions and events are available each year. You can partake in fireside brews, taste the local wines, eat at one of the feasts, or try your hand at one of the unique workshops. There is something for everyone, and it is the perfect way to get out of the cabin and into the fresh winter air.

The Margaret River Classic Professional Surfing Competition

The Margaret River Classic Professional Surfing Competition is one of the longest-running competitions in Western Australia. There are divisions for men, women, under 21, over 40, over 50, and locals only. Cash and other insane prizes are part of the fun, but the love of surfing that is deep within the soul and culture of Margaret River is what truly drives the competition. Surfers and tourists from around the world come to participate or watch this competition and enjoy the sense of community!

Western Australia Gourmet Escape

Held at the beginning of November each year, the Western Australia Gourmet Escape is the quintessential event for food lovers everywhere. This event lasts for ten days as it works its way through the towns of the Margaret River region. Some of the top culinary stars make an appearance, and there are more than 50 events that you can attend from world-class wining and dining to classes. If you are a foodie at heart, try to match your walking holiday on the Cape to Cape with this delicious festival!

Wardan Centre

The Aboriginal people inhabited Margaret River for thousands of years before European settlers migrated in. The ancient traditions and culture of the local Wardandi Noongars are important to the community, and they want to share it with you. At the Wardan Centre, tourists can see year about the origins of Margaret River and take part in some incredible activities such as bushwalking, boomerang throwing, face painting, music, art, dancing, and more.

Whale Watching Tour

Every June through December over 35,000 whales migrate from Antarctica, passing Margaret River along the way. Witnessing these incredible creatures is an experience that you will never forget; The Minke, Southern Right, Humpback, and Blue whales all make this great journey. Sometimes you may get lucky and spot them from the beach or the top of a lighthouse, but to get the best view it is important to take a whale watching cruise. There are a variety of cruises available and they leave from different towns depending on the time of year, so make sure to book in advance to ensure your ability to see these spectacular creatures.

Golfing

Awarded best West Australian Regional Golf Course in 2016, the Margaret River Golf Club is an essential pit stop on the Cape to Cape track for golf lovers. This golf course is light on the bunkers but heavy on the water hazards, making for a unique golfing experience. Add in the resident kangaroos hopping around, plus an abundance of flora and fauna, it is like playing a round of golf in nature. Make sure to book in advance so that you get the perfect tee time.

Underwater Observatory

Only a 30-minute drive from the last stop on the Cape to Cape Track is the Underwater Observatory at Busselton Jetty. Take a tour to get a rewarding experience! It will begin with a relaxing ride on the train down the jetty with 360-degree views of the ocean. Next, you will go 8-metres below the surface to see the underwater world that the jetties have created. Enjoy the colourful tropical fish dart between the reefs and learn about over 300 marine species that call this jetty home. What if the water visibility isn’t good that day? No problem, the observatory has created a virtual reality experience, only for when there is poor visibility, that will make you feel like a diver among the actual jetty. If you are up for a little drive out of town on your way home, then it is a fantastic experience to end the trip.

The Margaret River Chocolate Factory

Do you have a sweet tooth? Head on over to The Margaret River Chocolate Factory where they have been producing delectable chocolate products since 1999. With free entry and free tastings, you simply can’t go wrong! Taste all of the classic flavours or give the newest flavour of chocolate, Ruby chocolate, a try. Hungry for more than dessert? Stop by the chocolate Café for lunch and then, of course, grab some more dessert before heading out!

Overview

OVERVIEW

This walk will take you through the magnificent Karri forests, along squeaky white sand beaches, over the colourful coastal heathlands, and into many quaint villages of the region. Along the way, you will get to walk along the famous Margaret River, check out the mossy rocks of Meekadarabee Falls, tour the Ellensbrook Homestead, view panoramic ocean views from the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, rest in the Cosy Corner, and much more. As you traverse, keep an eye out for Western Australia’s wildlife. You will be able to see kangaroos munching on grass and the brown bandicoot scuttling among the leaves. In addition, make sure to look up to spot the vivid colours of the parrots, purple-crowned lorikeets, and red-winged wrens.

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History

History

Born as an idea in the early 1970s, the Cape to Cape Track was officially opened in 2001. Explorers of the region used the area originally for short walks. As more wineries and restaurants began to pop up in the area, they began incorporating meals into the short treks. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Jane Scott, now president of the Friends of the Cape to Cape Track, and Neil Taylor, Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP’s recreation planner, came together with the idea of a long-distance track. Together they created a walk along the sandy beaches, already built short tracks, and small paths used by fisherman, farmers, and surfers.

In the late 1990s, the national park began the construction of the Cape to Cape track, but sadly it ran out of money before completion. It was then that Friends of the Cape to Cape track was formed to try and receive the funding that the national park could not. Without the Friends, this track would have never been completed.

The Friends has grown to an impressive 400 members since its creation, and it is their annual subscription fee that keeps the track well-maintained. On top of that, members of the Friends and the community can “adopt” part of the track. Once a quarter or once a year, the “adoptee” will prune, gather rubbish, clean-up signs, and do other important maintenance along their section of the track. Over 30 members of the Friends have already adopted a section along with organisations like The Margaret River Surfrider Foundation.

This strong community keeps this track alive. In the past fifteen years, the park has increased its visitors from 900,000 annually to 2.3 million, making it one of the most popular parks in WA. As the year’s pass, the park and its fantastic community will grow and flourish together.

Margaret River Background

Margaret River has a rich background that has led this small town on an incredible journey. This area was originally known as Wooditchup to the Noongar people. Early signs of this Australian Aboriginal tribe can be found at Devil’s Lair Cave where many artefacts were discovered. It is believed that this tribe resided in Margaret River for about 48,000 years; even with European settlement, the Noongar people continue to stay connected to this region.

In the 1620s, the Dutch vessel “Leeuwin” first discovered the area, but it wasn’t until the 1830s that European settlers came to Cape Leeuwin. The next 100 years led Margaret River through a timber industry, with many Noongar people helping the settlers. Finally, in 1912, the town of Margaret River began construction with three tiny houses. The population of Margaret River began to grow rapidly with the expansion of the town and an extensive tree planting endeavour to replace what had been lost.

Another 100 years later, Margaret River has transformed into a popular tourist destination, world-renowned for its surfing hotspots and incredible wineries.

Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

The Cape to Cape Track is rich in its variety of flora and fauna. Along the western slopes of the track, dense and colourful heath cover the area. Brightly coloured buttercups, wattles, blue fan-flowers, and red cockies’ tongues coat the ground like sprinkles on a cake. Peppermint and Rottnest tea-trees grow tall in untamed areas and can be seen pruned along the track as well.

On the eastern edge of the ridge, the flora becomes more wooded with its famous Karri trees. Mixed in you will see jarrah-marri and sheoak as well. Among the sandy stretches, you can also spot holly-leaved banksia and candle banksia.

Throughout the forest and along the coast climbing plants such as the purple wisteria, the red coral vine, and the white clematis add bright touches of colour to the landscape. Walking the track during the springtime is the best season to see these plants in full bloom.

Hidden among, around, and above the lush flora of the Cape to Cape track are enough animals to keep any animal-lover busy trying to spot them. During the day, the main attraction are the birds. In the mornings and evenings, you will get the listen to their sweet songs and catch glimpses of their impressive colours as they fly by. You can witness birds such as parrots, purple-crowned lorikeets, red-winged wrens, New Holland honeyeaters, golden whistlers and more. If you look out past the cliffs, you can find seabirds like cormorants, oystercatchers, and reef herons prowling the surf and sand for a snack.

If it is a sunny day, you may find lizards and snakes sunning themselves along the track. Usually, they will slither away on your approach but do be careful of dugites and tiger snakes. You may be able to see the elusive carpet python or the bearded dragon soaking up the sunshine as well.

This track is home to a variety of small rodents like the brown bandicoot, the quenda, the phascogale, and the chuditch. It will be rare to see one, given their nocturnal tendencies, but you may get lucky. It is much more likely that you will see the western grey kangaroos grazing on grass as you pass by.

Lastly, make sure to look out over the water. Dolphins are known to play in these waters year round. If you do your trek during winter, you may get the chance to see the migration of the whales through the area.

Local Cuisine & Wineries

Local Cuisine & Wineries

The Cape to Cape track has some of the best and most interesting food in the region. Prided on local produce, restaurants provide healthy and delectable meals that will suit every kind of diner. Here are a few of our favourite restaurants that we like to sample along our walking holiday.

The Margaret River region is also one of the most populated wine regions in Australia. There are more than 135 wineries each creating their own unique wines, and it is impossible not to experience at least one on your walking holiday. There are many amazing choices to choose from on the Cape to Cape track.

The Common

Add a modern twist to the traditional pub grub, and you have The Common. This is the perfect location to rest and grab some hearty food after your long day of walking. Eat some of the classics such as steak and pizza, then finish it off with some sticky date pudding. It is more than just a restaurant though, you can also take part in a game of pool, watch a sporting event on the big screen, or enjoy the sunset with a beer on the deck. You will live and eat like a local down at The Common.

The White Elephant Beach Café

If you want to grab breakfast before heading out on your trek for the day, stop by The White Elephant Beach Café. You can get a taste of nature right on the beach as you sip a coffee, smoothie, or other morning drink. Fill up on a healthy and filling breakfast; they have everything from coconut bircher to the smashed pumpkin. This is a lovely way to start your trek the right way!

The Sea Garden Café and Beach Bar

Take it easy at the Sea Garden Café and Beach Bar where they pride themselves on providing excellent service, fresh food, and a mellow atmosphere. Their cuisine is a fascinating mix of Aussie, Euro, and Indo cuisine with a Latin flair. They are open every day, and you don’t need to worry about making a reservation, just pop on by. There is something for everyone here.

Miki’s Open Kitchen

Do you want a taste of Japan while you are walking the Cape to Cape? Miki’s uses local produce to recreate the most delicious dishes of Japan. Choose between Miki’s Trust or Miki’s Complete for your meal. Miki’s will take your palate on an adventure where you will experience a variety of dishes on their multi-course menu. It is important to make a reservation in advance if you want a chance to eat here because they only serve two rounds a night, one at 6 pm and one at 8 pm.

The Studio Bistro Restaurant

An independent family-owned restaurant, the Studio Bistro offers a delectable menu that will make your taste buds soar. Sample one of their light entrees before filling up on the main course; this includes items such as pork belly, roasted wattleseed parsnip, and more. Going with a friend or significant other? You have the option to choose their share plates! Make sure to save room for one of their delicious desserts to end the night on a sweet note.

Little Fish

Located overlooking a sparkling lake right in the heart of Gunyulgup Valley lies Little Fish. Take your time at this cosy restaurant to sample the cheese board appetiser before beginning your meal.  Not that hungry? No problem, Little Fish has a variety of light meals and salads that will excellently complement your small appetite. Maybe you are starving after walking all day? Enjoy their variety of pasta, seafood, and grilled options to get that hearty meal you are craving. Relax after your meal with a dessert wine, coffee, and something sweet. Little Fish is the perfect location to share a meal, sip a glass of wine, and visit the Gunyulgup Art Gallery next door.

Other Side of The Moon Restaurant

Look no further than your accommodation for your meal! Other Side of the Moon is in the heart of the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort. Named after the surf break nearby, you will appropriately be seated with a fantastic view of the ocean where you can watch the sunset and the moon rise as you eat your meal. Other Side of the Moon focuses on indigenous ingredients to create a delectable dining experience for you. This restaurant is quite popular, so make sure to book a reservation so you don’t miss out!

Barnyard 1978

This restaurant does pasta like you have never seen before! Barnyard 1978 is a mix of classy dining and old architecture. Before you even begin to dine (or after), you can look through the viewing window and watch the making of their signature pasta. On top of that, you can visit their wine and honey tastings to warm up your palate or for an after-dinner cleanser. Every item on the menu is made of top quality ingredients from their baked potato gnocchi to their squid ink casarecce. You will leave stuffed to the brim with a smile on your face.

Swings & Roundabouts Taphouse & Kitchen

Swings & Roundabouts is as local as you can get along the Cape to Cape Track. With award-winning wines available and seasonal styled foods, you know that you are going to get a fresh and flavourful night out. Relax by the fire or enjoy the view of the grapevines from the verandah, as you munch on their selection of small bites, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts. Maybe you don’t want to go out tonight? That’s okay because they also offer take out!

Brookwood Estate

Brookwood Estate is a family-owned winery that was formed by some of the first pioneers in the region. Settling in the area in 1910, they began the winery in 1996 from a bare paddock. Brookwood is a unique winery in that you can pop into their restaurant and experience a full five-course meal for you to get a true understanding of the wine pairings. Of course, you can always just sample the wine!

Churchview Estate

Sitting on a 100-hectare property, Churchview currently has over half of that land covered in vines with 16 different grape varieties. Take the opportunity to visit their Cellar Door for a free wine tasting. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the wine tasting process. They even have spittoons for your designated driver so that everyone goes home safely!

Goon Tycoons

Goon Tycoons is a new take on an old industry. The three young men who created idea have been in the wine industry for a long time but have added a modern twist. Showcasing the smaller vineyards that they stumble across, they enjoy the quest for finding unique wines! Looking in their store, you can find wines such as the “Red Headed Step Child” Riesling, the “Rapunzel” Field Bled Rose, and the “Bush Vine” Grenache. These young men are out to change the perspective of wine, will you dare to try it?

Clairault Streicker

Just off of Caves Road you will find the Clairault Streicker Estates where forest meets farmland in the most charming way. Clairault Streicker has been producing wine for over 40 years in the Margaret River Region and now you can get a taste. Join the knowledgeable staff in the Discovery Room to try to find the perfect Clairault or Streicker vintage wine for you. Pair it with their bite-size menu to get an idea of the pairings or, if you want a fuller experience, dine in their café.

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

Margaret's Beach Resort

Just 500 metres from Gnarabup Beach is the luxurious Margarets Beach Resort. This apartment style resort is perfect for groups, families, or a romantic getaway; you can even upgrade to the spa apartments! Also, Margaret’s Beach Resort sports a heated pool and an onsite restaurant to ensure a pleasurable stay.

Caves House

Looking over 4.5 hectares of extensive gardens, Caves House is the perfect stop along your walking holiday for an old world and new world collaboration. Now known for its live music, beer gardens, and unique function rooms, this heritage listed iconic hotel was built in 1903 to provide accommodation for tourists visiting the famous Nigili Cave.

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

This 5-star award-winning hotel creates an idyllic end after a long day of walking. Luxurious and spacious studio rooms or villas are available, whatever suits your personal style. Sample the in-house restaurants, bars, and lounges or take a dip in the heated infinity-edge pool. Do you still have more energy left? Try out of the fitness centre or tennis courts! Exhausted from all the walking? Take advantage of their rejuvenating spa to get you prepared for the next day.

Chandlers Smiths Beach Villas

Enjoy these fully self-contained villas with gorgeous ocean views out every window. Take advantage of having a barbecue in one of the public areas or enjoy a cosy dinner in the villa. These villas are wonderful for families or groups, and they boast a variety of amenities for everyone! Built with natural materials, this is the perfect stop to make you feel at home.

Seashells

Set within the same heritage-listed bountiful gardens as Caves House, Seashells prides itself on its charming and relaxing atmosphere. You can pop on up to Caves House to take advantage of their amenities or enjoy the DIY outdoor dining areas. There are many options to make this stop perfection before continuing with your walking holiday.

Karriview Margaret River

Situated within the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park and just a short stroll away from Cowaramup Bay, Karriview Margaret River provides a fun set of activities that make for a peaceful stop along your walking holiday. Enjoy a game of tennis on the courts, play a match of chess on the giant outdoor chess board, explore the orchards to pick some delicious fruit, or simply stargaze once the sun goes down. Add in comfortable lodges and an abundance of self-catering amenities, and you have a cheerful stay waiting for you.

Margaret’s Forest Apartments:

Do you still want to be immersed in nature after your day trek is complete? Look no further because Margaret’s Forest Apartments is where the forest meets the quaint town of Margaret River. Each trendy, self-contained apartment is nestled right in the middle of the forest. You can cycle along the river, lounge in the spa bath, or relax out on the patio. This breath of fresh air will keep you absorbed in nature for your entire stay.

Alouarn Retreat

This 5-star holiday home is situated on a 5-acre property overlooking Margaret River and the ocean. The entire 6 bedroom/4 bath house can be rented out exclusively for your walking holiday. Take advantage of all the amenities of home from the fully-stocked kitchen the to bubbling hot tub. You can even enjoy the stunning sunsets over the water from the property’s private gazebo.

Transport

Transport

Our walking holiday along the Cape to Cape runs from south to north to avoid unpleasant weather conditions. We will begin in Augusta, roughly 350km south of Perth. Augusta is easy to get to via public or private transport.

Our walking holiday finishes in Bunker Bay / Dunsborough. If you choose to arrive via car, we suggest that you leave your car at the last accommodation on the track and take the bus down to Augusta. This way you avoid having to retrieve your car after your walking holiday, as it will already be there waiting for you.

If you choose our group guided tours, we will start in Perth. You will be picked us in our minibus and transported to the beginning of the walk and returned to Perth at the end.

During your walking holiday, we will transport your luggage between each accommodation. All you will have to carry is a lightweight daypack.

1. By Car from Perth to Bunker Bay

Take Mitchell Fwy/State Route 2 from Roe St. Then follow State Route 2 and National Route 1 to Robertson Dr/State Route 10 in Davenport. Lastly, continue on State Route 10, Caves Rd and Cape Naturaliste Rd to Bunker Bay Rd in Naturaliste.

Duration: 3 hours

2. By Public Transport from Perth to Augusta

Take the Mandurah Line from Cockburn Central Train Station to Mandurah Stations for 33 minutes (6 stops). Transfer to the Mandurah Bus Station and get on the Pemberton Line to August. Exit 21 stops later at the Blackwood Ave stop.

Additional information will be provided upon booking.

Duration: 5 hours

climate/weather

climate/weather

The climate in Margaret River is generally warm and moderate. Most of the rainfall occurs during the winter, with some rainfall in spring and autumn, and hardly any rain during the summer. In February, the average rainfall is around 11mm, making it the driest month of the year. In comparison, June is the wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 214mm.

The temperature in Margaret River is quite lovely, with only an 8.0°C range difference throughout the year. February boasts the hottest month at around 20.8°C with July taking the chilliest month at an average of 12.8°C. This moderate and easy-going climate makes it the perfect location for your walking holiday.

Cape to Cape climate chart

Source; BOM

Terrain

Terrain

The Cape to Cape Track runs along Australia’s most south-westerly coastline between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. Between these two capes, the landscape boasts high limestones clifftops, tall Karri forests, long sandy beaches, and gorgeous granite headlands.

The Cape to Cape is formed of two main rock types. The top of the ridge was formed over the past 2 million years out of consolidated wind-blown sand that is highly susceptible to erosion, creating a crumbling look to the top of the cliffs. Underneath is a much harder and erosion-resistant layer formed of granite, gneiss, and other metamorphic rocks that date back between 600 and 1500 million years ago.

The Margaret River and other smaller streams flow to the coast from the east, pouring out into the ocean. They flow heavily in winter and spring but dry up come summer which creates sandbars that make coastal walking much easier.

Along the coast, there is also an abundance of cave systems within easy reach of the track. These intricate and well-formed caves have been attracting tourists for generations, many of which are open the public.

when to walk

when to walk

The best times of the year to walk are during spring and autumn. You will experience wonderful weather, comfortable temperatures, and beautiful transformations of nature that come with the changing of the seasons. Summer is also a lovely time to visit, although it can be a bit warm, so remember to take plenty of water with you in your day pack. Winter is doable as well if you plan appropriately. Make sure to check the forecasts because streams and rivers could be flooded or beaches washed out. Don’t worry too much, if that is the case then Auswalk will provide you with an alternative route to keep you out of danger! Overall, this is a walk for all seasons as long as you plan ahead!

walking fitness levels

walking fitness levels

The fitness levels required to walk the Coast to Coast varies from easy to difficult. Large parts of the track are easy to moderate in difficulty. At times, the track will get more challenging with hard surfaces and soft beach sand. Some days on the track are longer than others, but on average full-day walks are about 19k in length at about 5-7.5 hours of the walking total. This is the perfect opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves, but we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day into your walking holiday.

walking essentials

walking essentials

As with any journey, it is essential to be prepared for your self-guided walking holiday. While we will be transporting your luggage from accommodation to accommodation, you will still be carrying a light-weight day pack with you. Here is what we suggest that you carry with you each day:

  • Walking notes, map and a map case
  • Picnic lunch packed in an insulated container (when supplied)
  • Quality waterproof jacket with a hood
  • Warm jumper or jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen (at least 15+)
  • 1 to 2 litres of water
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Some money
  • Mobile phone (please note that reception is not available in all walk areas)
  • Personal insect repellent, band-aids, and a small container of salt mixed with rice grains
  • Personal necessities (example: required medication)

Now that we have the essentials packed, it is time to think of those additional items that may be worth packing along with you. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (with an extra battery or SIM cards)
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook and pen
  • Matches
  • Small torch
  • Walking stick
  • Thermos (for hot drinks)
  • Additional snacks
locations

locations

non-walking activites

non-walking activites

Drug-Aware Margaret River Pro Surfing Competition

The World Surfing League Champion Tour attracts the best male and female surfers in the world to compete in Margaret River each year. As one of the few places in the world that can boast consistent big waves, Margaret River’s other tourist destinations and world-class wineries bring a massive amount of tourists to this epic event. With the contest holding free events, free shuttle bus transfers, and more; there is no reason not to hit up this massive event while in the area!

Cabin Fever Festival

Held in July, the Cabin Fever Festival is one of Australia’s newest winter festivals. Get out of the house and try something new by attending this festival where many attractions and events are available each year. You can partake in fireside brews, taste the local wines, eat at one of the feasts, or try your hand at one of the unique workshops. There is something for everyone, and it is the perfect way to get out of the cabin and into the fresh winter air.

The Margaret River Classic Professional Surfing Competition

The Margaret River Classic Professional Surfing Competition is one of the longest-running competitions in Western Australia. There are divisions for men, women, under 21, over 40, over 50, and locals only. Cash and other insane prizes are part of the fun, but the love of surfing that is deep within the soul and culture of Margaret River is what truly drives the competition. Surfers and tourists from around the world come to participate or watch this competition and enjoy the sense of community!

Western Australia Gourmet Escape

Held at the beginning of November each year, the Western Australia Gourmet Escape is the quintessential event for food lovers everywhere. This event lasts for ten days as it works its way through the towns of the Margaret River region. Some of the top culinary stars make an appearance, and there are more than 50 events that you can attend from world-class wining and dining to classes. If you are a foodie at heart, try to match your walking holiday on the Cape to Cape with this delicious festival!

Wardan Centre

The Aboriginal people inhabited Margaret River for thousands of years before European settlers migrated in. The ancient traditions and culture of the local Wardandi Noongars are important to the community, and they want to share it with you. At the Wardan Centre, tourists can see year about the origins of Margaret River and take part in some incredible activities such as bushwalking, boomerang throwing, face painting, music, art, dancing, and more.

Whale Watching Tour

Every June through December over 35,000 whales migrate from Antarctica, passing Margaret River along the way. Witnessing these incredible creatures is an experience that you will never forget; The Minke, Southern Right, Humpback, and Blue whales all make this great journey. Sometimes you may get lucky and spot them from the beach or the top of a lighthouse, but to get the best view it is important to take a whale watching cruise. There are a variety of cruises available and they leave from different towns depending on the time of year, so make sure to book in advance to ensure your ability to see these spectacular creatures.

Golfing

Awarded best West Australian Regional Golf Course in 2016, the Margaret River Golf Club is an essential pit stop on the Cape to Cape track for golf lovers. This golf course is light on the bunkers but heavy on the water hazards, making for a unique golfing experience. Add in the resident kangaroos hopping around, plus an abundance of flora and fauna, it is like playing a round of golf in nature. Make sure to book in advance so that you get the perfect tee time.

Underwater Observatory

Only a 30-minute drive from the last stop on the Cape to Cape Track is the Underwater Observatory at Busselton Jetty. Take a tour to get a rewarding experience! It will begin with a relaxing ride on the train down the jetty with 360-degree views of the ocean. Next, you will go 8-metres below the surface to see the underwater world that the jetties have created. Enjoy the colourful tropical fish dart between the reefs and learn about over 300 marine species that call this jetty home. What if the water visibility isn’t good that day? No problem, the observatory has created a virtual reality experience, only for when there is poor visibility, that will make you feel like a diver among the actual jetty. If you are up for a little drive out of town on your way home, then it is a fantastic experience to end the trip.

The Margaret River Chocolate Factory

Do you have a sweet tooth? Head on over to The Margaret River Chocolate Factory where they have been producing delectable chocolate products since 1999. With free entry and free tastings, you simply can’t go wrong! Taste all of the classic flavours or give the newest flavour of chocolate, Ruby chocolate, a try. Hungry for more than dessert? Stop by the chocolate Café for lunch and then, of course, grab some more dessert before heading out!

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