WHAT WALKING FITNESS LEVEL IS NEEDED
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.
DO YOU HAVE AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM?
Walking with Auswalk gives you exclusive access to our incentive program. We love our Auswalkers and want to make it easy for you to return for another holiday. Here’s what we offer:
a) Frequent Walker Points: Just by going on a holiday with us, you will earn 100 Frequent Walker Points which you can redeem for a $100 discount (per person) off your next Auswalk trip. These points are valid for 2 years. If you use your points on a new booking of a value greater than $2300 per person, and within 2 months of completing your previous holiday, we will double the points for you. This means that you will have 200 Frequent Walker Points to redeem as a $200 discount (per person) off your new booking. Please note: You can only use a maximum of 1 set of double points ($200) per new booking and points can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR PRIVATE GROUPS?
If you have a group and you wish to undertake one of our many walking holidays we can apply a discount for the following group sizes:
Groups of 5-14: 5% credit
Groups of 15+: 7.5% credit
In both instances the group organiser receives a discount twice that of the rest of the group.
The group discount is taken off each walkers’ final bill according to how many group members actually register before final payment. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
b) Save if your group is 5 or more with a 5% discount for all walkers. Full payment will be invoiced when booking. At the time of final payment the discount will be applied when the numbers are confirmed. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
CAN YOU CUSTOMISE THIS WALK FOR MYSELF OR FOR MY GROUP?
We specialise in customised trips. Whether it’s just for yourself, or a group of 30 walkers, we are here to help you with the logistics to ensure a stress free experience. Please feel free to contact us to find out more.
WHAT WILDLIFE MAY I ENCOUNTER IN THIS REGION?
One of the delights of walking this track is the variety of flora that you will see.
Many of the animals are nocturnal, however you will not be disappointed by the variety of birds in this region. Wrens, robins, golden whistlers, honeyeaters and spinebills, parrots, lorikeets. You may also spot some birds of prey.
Animals include; Western grey kangaroos, bandicoots, ring tailed or brush tailed possums, bobtail and western bearded dragons
From the cliff-tops also keep a look out for playful dolphins (anytime of the year) and whales (in winter and spring).
Snakes are also most likely to be around in the warmer months. They will usually move away from the sound and vibration of human activity. We recommend that you wear gaiters, stay on the walking tracks and not venture into the bush. Species that you might spot include tiger or dugite snakes or perhaps even a non-venomous carpet python.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO KEEP TO THE WALKING TRACKS?
By sticking to the walking tracks it keeps you safe and that is our priority. You are also less likely to have a close encounter with snakes, ants, leeches, wasps, bees and ticks.
It is also beneficial to our environment, reduces erosion, protects native vegetation and the spread of cinnamon fungus (it is a lethal disease that has serious consequences for many Australian habitats).
WHAT ARE YOUR LUGGAGE REQUIREMENTS?
You are allowed up to 23kgs of luggage, please no heavier as it may cause problems. Please also be aware that you may have to move your luggage to and from your room on some occasions, however your luggage is transferred while you walk.
DO YOU RECOMMEND GAITERS FOR THIS TRIP?
Yes we do. Gaiters are designed to keep rain, grass seeds, sand, mud, leeches and other unwanted items out of the top of your boots. They come in a full range of sizes from huge mountaineering styles through to short, lightweight ones. Most of them wrap over the boot laces, around the tops of boots and upwards over the lower part of your legs.
Sensible, practical gaiters should have some stiffness, so they will sit upright around the lower part of your legs, and not slip down. Also, they should go on and off without needing to remove your boots. Gaiters also provide useful leg & sock protection whenever there are scratchy plants over the track or grasses full of seeds.
DO YOU RECOMMEND WALKING POLES FOR THIS TRIP?
We don’t believe poles are necessary for this trip however you may decide otherwise. More and more walkers are discovering the benefits of using one or two walking poles. Poles can provide valuable support when walking on uneven ground, or where there is an elevation. They can significantly reduce jarring on knees and ankles when walking downhill.
There are several different styles of handles, so you can find a comfortable grip. Look for a stick with a spring mechanism built into it, which will reduce jarring on wrists and elbows. Your new poles will no doubt travel in your suitcase so make sure it collapses small enough to fit. Everyone can benefit from the use of walking poles, for walking further, exercising/strengthening the upper body.
WILL I HAVE TO CARRY A HEAVY PACK?
All of our holidays are pack free experiences with all the logistics being organised for you. All your luggage will be moved for you so you won’t need to carry a heavy pack. All you will need to carry with you is your day pack.
WHAT ITEMS SHOULD I TAKE ON EACH DAY OF THE WALK?
These items are considered essential:
• Mobile phone
• First aid kit
• Day pack
• Quality waterproof jacket with a hood
• Polar fleece or jumper
• Walking shoes or boots, with good ankle support, and soles with good grips
• Walking socks
• Sunhat – we recommend one with a wide brim as you are often walking into the sun, particularly in winter
• Sunscreen (at least 15+) – bring plenty in the warmer months
• Sufficient water for the entire day. We recommend a minimum of 2 litres for each person when the weather is cool and carry more in hot weather. Generally, you cannot refill water bottles during the walks, but please read the notes in the upcoming day’s itinerary before setting out to assess the likelihood of being able to refill. Many people like CamelBaks – a built-in water sack that sits snugly in your day pack. It has a tube from which you can drink. If using one of these hydration systems, it is a good idea to have a spare bottle of water in your pack, just in case you suck the CamelBak dry!
• Toilet paper – carry some for emergencies, but please bury everything.
• Handkerchiefs instead of tissues – they last longer and are much kinder on the environment.
These items are considered optional and may depend on the prevailing conditions:
• Waterproof over trousers
• Bathing suit
• Warm hat & gloves
• Fly net during warmer months
WHAT BASIC ITEMS SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY FIRST AID KIT?
• Your essential medication (for diabetes, asthma or allergies etc)
• Safety pins
• Plasters in various sizes
• Sting/insect bite relief
• Blister plasters (Compeed or similar)
• Antiseptic wipes
• Sterile dressings in various sizes
• Triangular bandages
• Eye pad