Self-guided

OVERVIEW

Walk the incredible Cape to Cape Track end-to-end from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste.

This extraordinary landscape offers great variety, spanning squeaky white sand beaches, secluded coves, towering forests and limestone caves. The surrounding offshore reefs, points and headlands are coveted by local surfers for their quality surf breaks.

Heading north on the Cape to Cape Track, the walk traverses clifftops, deserted beaches and villages. Coastal heathlands, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic Karri forests with tall open stands of eucalypt are also unique to this walk.

Highlights

  • Hiking this world-class 135km track from Lighthouse to Lighthouse
  • Cape Hamelin and its beautiful beach
  • Remote coastline, and eucalypt and peppermint filled woodlands
  • Beautiful walking alongside the meandering Boodjidip Brook
  • Ellensbrook Homestead with its operational waterwheel
  • Wilyabrup Seat Cliffs, and the superb capes of Cape Calirault and Canal Rocks

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2295

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 985

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
Travel to Augusta Margaret River region

Today is primarily about travelling to Augusta and settling into your accommodation. There’s an abundance of wineries to visit on the way. The chocolate factory is a great place to visit and also pick up some additional calories to work off on the walk.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Augusta in excellent apartments with ensuite rooms

DAY 2
CAPE LEEUWIN TO COSY CORNER

The Cape to Cape walk 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 granite boulders and a coastal section with unusual solution holes in the limestone rocks surround a beautiful bay.

Walking: Moderate / 21.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Augusta in excellent apartments with ensuite rooms

DAY 3
COSY CORNER TO BORANUP FOREST

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.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 20.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 4
BORANUP FOREST TO GNARABUP

Today’s walk traverses one of the most spectacular sections of the coastline and includes a beautiful walk beside Boodjidup Brook, a meandering stream connecting Devil Pool with the ocean. Much of the walk makes its way through Karri forest once again until you arrive at the Indian Ocean. From here, the track follows the contours of the coastline all the way to Gnarabup.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 24km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 5
GNARABUP TO ELLENSBROOK HOMESTEAD

This is the lightest day from a walking perspective but nonetheless still a real day of highlights. There is a nice mix of walking along the coast and through the inland forest. Today’s walk also crosses the mouth of Margaret River. This can be crossed on a sandbar, but if it is flowing heavily, we will have arranged other options.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 14.7km / 4– 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 6
ELLENSBROOK TO WILYABRUP

The Cape to Cape track 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.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5kms / 4.5–5.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 7
WILYABRUP  TO  YALLINGUP

Today has the longest distance to cover, but it’s scenic the entire way. Highlights include Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, huge granite outcrops and two superb capes at Cape Clairault and Canal Rocks. The beach names here indicate popularity with surfers – The Window, Wildcat and Honeycombs.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25km / 7–8 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 8
YALLINGUP TO CAPE NATURALISTE

This is the final section of the Cape to Cape walk. Hike from Canal Rocks Rd to Cape Naturaliste. You’ll pass Sugarloaf Rock, the summer home to red-tailed tropicbirds. 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. You can celebrate successfully walking the longest coastal track in Australia, the Cape to Cape Track.  Many people also like to extend their holiday with another rest day at Margaret River or a night at Pullman Bunker Bay (we can arrange this for you – please ask when booking) otherwise, the trip ends at the Lighthouse.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 17km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  •  7 nights’ in apartment accommodation
  • Walk the entire Cape to Cape Track from end to end pack free
  • Be transferred to the start of the walk each day in conjunction with using your own vehicle (additional cost for being transferred off track in the afternoon i.e. both ways)
  • Cooked breakfasts from a local cafe in Margaret River, continental breakfasts in Augusta and substantial Walkers Lunches each day
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and info pack
  • 24/7 support from our driver and local support team on the ground
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: This walk is less expensive as it utilises less expensive accommodations but also has you travel much further on and off the track each day.

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

In Margaret River, we stay in studios or apartments with ensuites and  Apartments in Augusta.  All accommodations are of very good quality. The rooms have ensuites and are located very close to the middle of town.

The cooked breakfasts are all prepared by professional chefs in Margaret River. There is also a focus on Margaret River regional food.

Each day whilst you’re on the Cape to Cape walk you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Since the region is known for wine, we suggest taking a day off to visit local wineries.

  • NIGHTS 1 & 2

  • NIGHTS 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

TERRAIN

SAND TERRAIN

To prepare for walking on sand you will need specialised training owing to the soft and yielding nature of this type of terrain. It has a distinct impact on the body, especially the calf muscles as you get older. Sand moves when we walk and can lead to the overextension of the calf muscles resulting in discomfort and aches over prolonged periods.

To avoid this you should target exercises for lower body strength such as lunges, squats, and calf raises. Incorporate barefoot walks on soft surfaces such as grass to improve balance and foot muscle strength. Practice walking on the beach or sand dunes if you can to acclimatise to the unique demands of a sandy terrain.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

GENERAL INFO

We hike the Cape to Cape walk from south to north to avoid the prevailing weather conditions. It starts in Augusta, about 350km south of Perth.

This walk was designed for people who are happy to self drive each day to reduce the transfers. If you do not have a car you are able to catch public transport to the track and we’ll include all transfers.

The track is flat with some sandy sections. Most of the Cape to Cape track traverses the escarpments and hills that line the coast giving you great unobstructed views over the reef shelf and the Indian Ocean as you walk. The walk is moderate to challenging with some long days. Full-day walks average about 19km with 5 –7.5 hours walking each day. The walking is over mostly flat well-walked paths, bush tracks and some sandy sections. This is a really great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves. This is a reasonably long and challenging walk and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts in Augusta and ends at Cape Naturaliste after the walk. Please note on the last day you will be walking 17km and there is no accommodation included that night. We can arrange an extra night for you in Margaret River or Pullman Bunker Bay please discuss with the office.

Flights to and from Perth / Busselton
All major airlines fly into Perth if that is where you would like to start your trip. Alternatively you could fly directly to Busselton from Melbourne or Sydney on certain days only, other states will have a stopover. We recommend looking at flights prior to selecting your start date. Do not book flights until your walking holiday has been confirmed. You will then need to make your way to your first accommodation via the below options.

Arriving / Departing via Private Vehicle – Self Drive
As this is a self drive itinerary you will keep your car with you the entire time. To start please drive to your first accommodation. On walking days you will be required to self drive to the end of the day’s walk, you will then be transferred to the start of the walk. This allows you to complete the walk in your own time and drive yourself back to your accommodation.

Arriving / Departing via Public Transport
If you are not self driving you can still book this itinerary as the public transport option which includes all track transfers. For people who are not self driving we do highly recommend the 9 or 10 day itinerary click to see this itinerary.

There is a combined train and coach service operated by TransWA every day EXCEPT Saturday. You can plan your journey and purchase tickets through their website here

*if you must start on a Saturday you will need to use South West Coach Lines (visit their website here) to get to Margaret River and then arrange for a private transfer for the rest of the way to Augusta.

At the end of your walk on the last day you’ll be transferred back to Margaret River. From there you can catch public transport back to Perth.

WEATHER

From March the temperature and humidity start to drop and the walking is great. The middle of winter can be cold and wet and river crossings may be difficult, but the ave temperature is mild around 17 degrees. 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.

Cape to Cape climate chart

Source; BOM

THE WALKING AND TRANSFERS

The track is flat with some sandy sections. Most of the Cape to Cape track traverses the escarpments and hills that line the coast giving you great unobstructed views over the reef shelf and the Indian Ocean as you walk. The walk is moderate to challenging, with some long days. Full-day walks average about 19km, with 5 –7.5 hours of walking each day. The walking is over mostly flat well-walked paths, bush tracks and some sandy sections. This is a really great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves. This is a reasonably long and challenging walk, and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This walk is less expensive as it utilises less expensive accommodations but also has you travel much further on and off the track each day.

Note: On some occasions, it may be necessary to be transferred with other walkers.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2024 - 16 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2295

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $985

    With vehicle

  • 1 Mar 2024 - 16 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2755

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $985

    Arrive by public transport

  • 1 Mar 2025 - 16 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2410

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1035

    With vehicle

  • 1 Mar 2025 - 16 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1035

    Arrive by public transport

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  1. Bob

    5 January, 2023 at 3:51 PM
    5

    Great Walk, great organisation and brilliant location

  2. David S

    15 July, 2022 at 9:12 AM
    5

    This was the second Cape to Cape walk we have undertaken with Auswalk and, as it was last time, the organisation and support for a great walk was sensational!

  3. Geoff A

    1 July, 2022 at 12:17 PM
    5

    We would like to thank Auswalk for all their help in guiding and supporting us on our self-guided cape to cape walk, the accommodations were perfect, the accommodation hosts were so so helpful, the meals, breakfasts, and lunches were amazing, track notes were awesome, we will definitely book our next walk with them.

  4. Caryll A

    11 February, 2021 at 12:04 PM
    5

    We thoroughly enjoyed our six day Cape to Cape walk in WA The area is diverse and interesting .The weather was lovely ,the forests amazing and there were wildflowers and whales were in abundance. Auswalk is a friendly and efficient company and the logistics were seamless with great food and accomodation provided along the track. Highly recommended.

  5. Caroline J

    11 February, 2021 at 12:03 PM
    5

    The Cape to Cape walk was a wonderful experience. Auswalks did a great job organising everything and we felt really well prepared with all the information provided. The walking was amazing – real diversity in flora, fauna and really interesting geography and geology. We stayed in really lovely accommodation and were fed delicious food with access to great WA wines. We walked with a group of 9 friends and had a wonderful time. Thank you to Tash and all the team.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Walk the incredible Cape to Cape Track end-to-end from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste.

This extraordinary landscape offers great variety, spanning squeaky white sand beaches, secluded coves, towering forests and limestone caves. The surrounding offshore reefs, points and headlands are coveted by local surfers for their quality surf breaks.

Heading north on the Cape to Cape Track, the walk traverses clifftops, deserted beaches and villages. Coastal heathlands, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic Karri forests with tall open stands of eucalypt are also unique to this walk.

Highlights

  • Hiking this world-class 135km track from Lighthouse to Lighthouse
  • Cape Hamelin and its beautiful beach
  • Remote coastline, and eucalypt and peppermint filled woodlands
  • Beautiful walking alongside the meandering Boodjidip Brook
  • Ellensbrook Homestead with its operational waterwheel
  • Wilyabrup Seat Cliffs, and the superb capes of Cape Calirault and Canal Rocks

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2295

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 985

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
Travel to Augusta Margaret River region

Today is primarily about travelling to Augusta and settling into your accommodation. There’s an abundance of wineries to visit on the way. The chocolate factory is a great place to visit and also pick up some additional calories to work off on the walk.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Augusta in excellent apartments with ensuite rooms

DAY 2
CAPE LEEUWIN TO COSY CORNER

The Cape to Cape walk 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 granite boulders and a coastal section with unusual solution holes in the limestone rocks surround a beautiful bay.

Walking: Moderate / 21.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Augusta in excellent apartments with ensuite rooms

DAY 3
COSY CORNER TO BORANUP FOREST

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.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 20.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 4
BORANUP FOREST TO GNARABUP

Today’s walk traverses one of the most spectacular sections of the coastline and includes a beautiful walk beside Boodjidup Brook, a meandering stream connecting Devil Pool with the ocean. Much of the walk makes its way through Karri forest once again until you arrive at the Indian Ocean. From here, the track follows the contours of the coastline all the way to Gnarabup.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 24km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 5
GNARABUP TO ELLENSBROOK HOMESTEAD

This is the lightest day from a walking perspective but nonetheless still a real day of highlights. There is a nice mix of walking along the coast and through the inland forest. Today’s walk also crosses the mouth of Margaret River. This can be crossed on a sandbar, but if it is flowing heavily, we will have arranged other options.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 14.7km / 4– 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 6
ELLENSBROOK TO WILYABRUP

The Cape to Cape track 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.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5kms / 4.5–5.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 7
WILYABRUP  TO  YALLINGUP

Today has the longest distance to cover, but it’s scenic the entire way. Highlights include Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, huge granite outcrops and two superb capes at Cape Clairault and Canal Rocks. The beach names here indicate popularity with surfers – The Window, Wildcat and Honeycombs.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25km / 7–8 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Margaret River in studios or apartments with ensuites

DAY 8
YALLINGUP TO CAPE NATURALISTE

This is the final section of the Cape to Cape walk. Hike from Canal Rocks Rd to Cape Naturaliste. You’ll pass Sugarloaf Rock, the summer home to red-tailed tropicbirds. 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. You can celebrate successfully walking the longest coastal track in Australia, the Cape to Cape Track.  Many people also like to extend their holiday with another rest day at Margaret River or a night at Pullman Bunker Bay (we can arrange this for you – please ask when booking) otherwise, the trip ends at the Lighthouse.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 17km / 4–5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Cafe and Walkers Lunch

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  •  7 nights’ in apartment accommodation
  • Walk the entire Cape to Cape Track from end to end pack free
  • Be transferred to the start of the walk each day in conjunction with using your own vehicle (additional cost for being transferred off track in the afternoon i.e. both ways)
  • Cooked breakfasts from a local cafe in Margaret River, continental breakfasts in Augusta and substantial Walkers Lunches each day
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and info pack
  • 24/7 support from our driver and local support team on the ground
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: This walk is less expensive as it utilises less expensive accommodations but also has you travel much further on and off the track each day.
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

In Margaret River, we stay in studios or apartments with ensuites and  Apartments in Augusta.  All accommodations are of very good quality. The rooms have ensuites and are located very close to the middle of town.

The cooked breakfasts are all prepared by professional chefs in Margaret River. There is also a focus on Margaret River regional food.

Each day whilst you’re on the Cape to Cape walk you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Since the region is known for wine, we suggest taking a day off to visit local wineries.

  • NIGHTS 1 & 2

  • NIGHTS 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

TERRAIN

SAND TERRAIN

To prepare for walking on sand you will need specialised training owing to the soft and yielding nature of this type of terrain. It has a distinct impact on the body, especially the calf muscles as you get older. Sand moves when we walk and can lead to the overextension of the calf muscles resulting in discomfort and aches over prolonged periods.

To avoid this you should target exercises for lower body strength such as lunges, squats, and calf raises. Incorporate barefoot walks on soft surfaces such as grass to improve balance and foot muscle strength. Practice walking on the beach or sand dunes if you can to acclimatise to the unique demands of a sandy terrain.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

We hike the Cape to Cape walk from south to north to avoid the prevailing weather conditions. It starts in Augusta, about 350km south of Perth.

This walk was designed for people who are happy to self drive each day to reduce the transfers. If you do not have a car you are able to catch public transport to the track and we’ll include all transfers.

The track is flat with some sandy sections. Most of the Cape to Cape track traverses the escarpments and hills that line the coast giving you great unobstructed views over the reef shelf and the Indian Ocean as you walk. The walk is moderate to challenging with some long days. Full-day walks average about 19km with 5 –7.5 hours walking each day. The walking is over mostly flat well-walked paths, bush tracks and some sandy sections. This is a really great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves. This is a reasonably long and challenging walk and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts in Augusta and ends at Cape Naturaliste after the walk. Please note on the last day you will be walking 17km and there is no accommodation included that night. We can arrange an extra night for you in Margaret River or Pullman Bunker Bay please discuss with the office.

Flights to and from Perth / Busselton
All major airlines fly into Perth if that is where you would like to start your trip. Alternatively you could fly directly to Busselton from Melbourne or Sydney on certain days only, other states will have a stopover. We recommend looking at flights prior to selecting your start date. Do not book flights until your walking holiday has been confirmed. You will then need to make your way to your first accommodation via the below options.

Arriving / Departing via Private Vehicle – Self Drive
As this is a self drive itinerary you will keep your car with you the entire time. To start please drive to your first accommodation. On walking days you will be required to self drive to the end of the day’s walk, you will then be transferred to the start of the walk. This allows you to complete the walk in your own time and drive yourself back to your accommodation.

Arriving / Departing via Public Transport
If you are not self driving you can still book this itinerary as the public transport option which includes all track transfers. For people who are not self driving we do highly recommend the 9 or 10 day itinerary click to see this itinerary.

There is a combined train and coach service operated by TransWA every day EXCEPT Saturday. You can plan your journey and purchase tickets through their website here

*if you must start on a Saturday you will need to use South West Coach Lines (visit their website here) to get to Margaret River and then arrange for a private transfer for the rest of the way to Augusta.

At the end of your walk on the last day you’ll be transferred back to Margaret River. From there you can catch public transport back to Perth.

WEATHER

From March the temperature and humidity start to drop and the walking is great. The middle of winter can be cold and wet and river crossings may be difficult, but the ave temperature is mild around 17 degrees. 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.

Cape to Cape climate chart

Source; BOM

THE WALKING AND TRANSFERS

The track is flat with some sandy sections. Most of the Cape to Cape track traverses the escarpments and hills that line the coast giving you great unobstructed views over the reef shelf and the Indian Ocean as you walk. The walk is moderate to challenging, with some long days. Full-day walks average about 19km, with 5 –7.5 hours of walking each day. The walking is over mostly flat well-walked paths, bush tracks and some sandy sections. This is a really great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves. This is a reasonably long and challenging walk, and we highly recommend that you incorporate a rest day.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This walk is less expensive as it utilises less expensive accommodations but also has you travel much further on and off the track each day.

Note: On some occasions, it may be necessary to be transferred with other walkers.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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  • 1 Mar 2024 - 16 Dec 2024
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    $2295

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    $985
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    $2755

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    $985
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    $2410

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    $1035
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    $2895

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    $1035
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  1. Bob

    5 January, 2023 at 3:51 PM
    5

    Great Walk, great organisation and brilliant location

  2. David S

    15 July, 2022 at 9:12 AM
    5

    This was the second Cape to Cape walk we have undertaken with Auswalk and, as it was last time, the organisation and support for a great walk was sensational!

  3. Geoff A

    1 July, 2022 at 12:17 PM
    5

    We would like to thank Auswalk for all their help in guiding and supporting us on our self-guided cape to cape walk, the accommodations were perfect, the accommodation hosts were so so helpful, the meals, breakfasts, and lunches were amazing, track notes were awesome, we will definitely book our next walk with them.

  4. Caryll A

    11 February, 2021 at 12:04 PM
    5

    We thoroughly enjoyed our six day Cape to Cape walk in WA The area is diverse and interesting .The weather was lovely ,the forests amazing and there were wildflowers and whales were in abundance. Auswalk is a friendly and efficient company and the logistics were seamless with great food and accomodation provided along the track. Highly recommended.

  5. Caroline J

    11 February, 2021 at 12:03 PM
    5

    The Cape to Cape walk was a wonderful experience. Auswalks did a great job organising everything and we felt really well prepared with all the information provided. The walking was amazing – real diversity in flora, fauna and really interesting geography and geology. We stayed in really lovely accommodation and were fed delicious food with access to great WA wines. We walked with a group of 9 friends and had a wonderful time. Thank you to Tash and all the team.

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