Self-guided

OVERVIEW

Walk the Cape to Cape Track from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste pack free and in comfort. This extraordinary landscape offers great variety, spanning squeaky white sand beaches, secluded coves, towering forests and limestone caves.

Springtime wildflowers in vivid violet, topaz and crimson contrast the calming blue, green and whites of the natural scenery. 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, villages, coastal heathlands, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic Karri forests with tall open stands of eucalypt, unique to the location.  While you are in the area, why not do our Bibbulmun Track walk as well? It’s our other self-guided trip in Western Australia.

Highlights:

  • Hike this world-class 135km track from Lighthouse to Lighthouse, a great challenge
  • At the end of each day you’ll have the luxury of having a hot shower, a chef prepared dinner and breakfast and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, rising refreshed and primed for each day’s fabulous pack free walking
  • This walk has the added benefit of being located in the Margaret River an area renowned for its excellent lodging and dining experiences.
  • Support of our team on the ground all the way

 

 

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
9 or 10 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 845

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

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
AUGUSTA

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

Walking: Easy / 3–5km / 1 hr

Meals: two course dinner

Accommodation: Alouarn Augusta in ensuited 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 there is a beautiful bay surrounded by granite boulders and a coastal section with unusual solution holes in the limestone rocks.

Walking: Moderate / 21.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Alouarn Augusta in ensuited 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 / 22.5km / 5–6.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Alouarn Augusta in ensuited rooms

DAY 4
BORANUP FOREST TO GNARABUP

One of the most spectacular sections of coastline includes a beautiful walk beside Boodjidup Brook, a meandering stream connecting Devil Pool with the ocean, plus more delightful karri forest.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 26.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Margarets Beach Resort in ensuited rooms

DAY 5
GNARABUP TO ELLENSBROOK HOMESTEAD

A lighter day today with a nice mix of walking along the coast and through inland forest. Today’s walk also crosses the mouth of Margaret River. This can be crossed on a sandbar, but if it is flowing heavily we have arranged other options.

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

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Margarets Forest in ensuited rooms

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.

Optional rest day: You may wish to incorporate an additional day to rest tomorrow before tackling the longest day on the track. This is the wine and food capital of Western Australia so there are a plethora of wineries to visit, to eat lunch at and relax. The Chocolate factory is also a great place to spend those well earned calories you’ve walked off.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5kms / 4.5–5.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Margarets Forest in ensuited rooms

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, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Caves or Seashells Yallingup in ensuited rooms

DAY 8
YALLINGUP TO CAPE NATURALSITE AND BUNKER BAY

This is the final section of the Cape to Cape walk. Hike from Canal Rocks Rd to Cape Naturaliste, then to Bunker Bay for the night. You’ll pass Sugarloaf Rock, summer home to red-tailed tropic birds. Much of the coast here is limestone cliff, with short beaches and low rocky areas. Along the way there are striking views of Sugarloaf Rock. You can celebrate successfully walking the longest coastal track in Australia, the Cape to Cape Track, with a luxury stay at the Pullman Bunker Bay.

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

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Pullman Bunker Bay in ensuited rooms

DAY 9
PULLMAN BUNKER BAY AND END OF WALK

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 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

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. You can get the Cape to Cape track by public or private transport. Please ask us for the transport information.

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

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 with 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.

WEATHER

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

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Cape to Cape climate chart

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this link. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

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
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2019 - 20 Nov 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $845

    9 Day

  • 1 Mar 2019 - 20 Nov 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2985

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $935

    10 Day

  • 1 Mar 2020 - 20 Nov 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2875

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $845

    9 Day

  • 1 Mar 2020 - 20 Nov 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3075

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $935

    10 Day

  • 1 Mar 2021 - 20 Nov 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $865

    9 Day

  • 1 Mar 2021 - 20 Nov 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $935

    10 Day

  • Lee Robert-Thomson Group Cape to Cape 10 day Privately Guided
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3625

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $850

    10 Day Privately Guided Group

Overview

OVERVIEW

Walk the Cape to Cape Track from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste pack free and in comfort. This extraordinary landscape offers great variety, spanning squeaky white sand beaches, secluded coves, towering forests and limestone caves.

Springtime wildflowers in vivid violet, topaz and crimson contrast the calming blue, green and whites of the natural scenery. 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, villages, coastal heathlands, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic Karri forests with tall open stands of eucalypt, unique to the location.  While you are in the area, why not do our Bibbulmun Track walk as well? It’s our other self-guided trip in Western Australia.

Highlights:

  • Hike this world-class 135km track from Lighthouse to Lighthouse, a great challenge
  • At the end of each day you’ll have the luxury of having a hot shower, a chef prepared dinner and breakfast and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, rising refreshed and primed for each day’s fabulous pack free walking
  • This walk has the added benefit of being located in the Margaret River an area renowned for its excellent lodging and dining experiences.
  • Support of our team on the ground all the way

 

 

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
9 or 10 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 845

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 9

DAY 1
AUGUSTA

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

Walking: Easy / 3–5km / 1 hr

Meals: two course dinner

Accommodation: Alouarn Augusta in ensuited 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 there is a beautiful bay surrounded by granite boulders and a coastal section with unusual solution holes in the limestone rocks.

Walking: Moderate / 21.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Alouarn Augusta in ensuited 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 / 22.5km / 5–6.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Alouarn Augusta in ensuited rooms

DAY 4
BORANUP FOREST TO GNARABUP

One of the most spectacular sections of coastline includes a beautiful walk beside Boodjidup Brook, a meandering stream connecting Devil Pool with the ocean, plus more delightful karri forest.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 26.5km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Margarets Beach Resort in ensuited rooms

DAY 5
GNARABUP TO ELLENSBROOK HOMESTEAD

A lighter day today with a nice mix of walking along the coast and through inland forest. Today’s walk also crosses the mouth of Margaret River. This can be crossed on a sandbar, but if it is flowing heavily we have arranged other options.

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

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Margarets Forest in ensuited rooms

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.

Optional rest day: You may wish to incorporate an additional day to rest tomorrow before tackling the longest day on the track. This is the wine and food capital of Western Australia so there are a plethora of wineries to visit, to eat lunch at and relax. The Chocolate factory is also a great place to spend those well earned calories you’ve walked off.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5kms / 4.5–5.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Margarets Forest in ensuited rooms

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, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Caves or Seashells Yallingup in ensuited rooms

DAY 8
YALLINGUP TO CAPE NATURALSITE AND BUNKER BAY

This is the final section of the Cape to Cape walk. Hike from Canal Rocks Rd to Cape Naturaliste, then to Bunker Bay for the night. You’ll pass Sugarloaf Rock, summer home to red-tailed tropic birds. Much of the coast here is limestone cliff, with short beaches and low rocky areas. Along the way there are striking views of Sugarloaf Rock. You can celebrate successfully walking the longest coastal track in Australia, the Cape to Cape Track, with a luxury stay at the Pullman Bunker Bay.

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

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Pullman Bunker Bay in ensuited rooms

DAY 9
PULLMAN BUNKER BAY AND END OF WALK

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

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 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
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. You can get the Cape to Cape track by public or private transport. Please ask us for the transport information.

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

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 with 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.

WEATHER

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

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Cape to Cape climate chart

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this link. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

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

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Cape to Cape 9 day – March 2019 – November 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $845
  • Cape to Cape 10 day – March 2019 – November 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2985

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $935
  • Cape to Cape 9 day – March 2020 – November 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2875

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $845
  • Cape to Cape 10 day – March 2020 – November 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3075

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $935
  • Cape to Cape 9 day – March 2021 – November 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $865
  • Cape to Cape 10 day – March 2021 – November 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $935
  • Lee Robert-Thomson Group Cape to Cape 10 day Privately Guided
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3625

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $850

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