Margaret River Region

Cape to Cape Track

Experience Western Australia’s unique biodiverse flora and fauna among age-old landscapes and the towering Boranup Karri forest. Every step you take provides an opportunity to explore its wonderful diversity, natural beauty and rich abundance. Walk among forest giants, explore wild coastal beauty and be in awe of the dramatic outcrops of ancient granite rocks that define the trail to create a spectacular showcase of natural beauty.

We take you on a journey from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin on pathways that never divert far from the stunning Indian Ocean. Enjoy white sandy beaches and fabulous swimming – not to mention for the most part the walk falls within the renowned Margaret River premium wine-growing region where you can relish world class food and wine.

Since 2007 we’ve proudly offered Australian hiking experiences that seek a deeper connection to Australia’s dramatic landscapes, abundant flora and fauna and rich regional towns. We know you will love the Cape to Cape Track as much as we do – so bring along your sense of wonder and adventure.

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Cape to Cape

Cape to Cape
8 Days

Cape to Cape Track

Cape to Cape Track – Guided group

Guided Moderate - Challenging
  • Fully guided tour with experienced hiking guides
  • Ancient majestic coastline of the Margaret River region
  • Stunning scenery and trails
  • Astounding variety of flora including seasonal spider-orchids


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6 Days

Cape to Cape Track

Food, Wine & Walking – Margaret River

Group Guided Moderate
  • Walk the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track
  • Lunches and wine tasting at renowned local wineries 
  • Visit famous local foodie highlights and boutique producers
  • Indigenous guide experience and bush BBQ lunch


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Cape To Cape Track
8 Days

Cape to Cape Track

The Self Guided Trip – Cape to Cape Track

Challenging Self-Guided
  • Dramatic granite outcrops and pristine ocean sea-scapes
  • Astounding variety of flora including seasonal spider-orchids
  • Towering Karri trees
  • Stunning scenery and coastal walking


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Cape to Cape Track
5 Days

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Cape to Cape Track – Self Guided Highlights

Moderate Self-Guided
  • Dramatic granite outcrops and pristine ocean sea-scapes
  • Astounding variety of flora including seasonal spider-orchids
  • Towering Karri trees
  • Stunning scenery and coastal walking


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Cape to Cape Track
10 Days

Cape to Cape Track

Cape to Cape Track with Meelup Trail

Moderate - Challenging Self-Guided
  • Extended trip that starts with the beautiful Meelup Trail and includes a rest day
  • Gorgeous coastal landscapes and seascapes
  • Abundant endemic plants including peppermint, boronia and lemon-scented myrtle
  • Lovely accommodation in Yallingup / Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta


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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is one of the most popular attractions in the Margaret River Region. Only 13km from the town of Dunsborough, the Lighthouse and cottages reveal the fascinating maritime history of the Cape region. From the viewing platform you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline.


Yallingup means ‘place of love’ in the Wardandi Aboriginal language. This tiny coastal hamlet sits on the edge of the Indian Ocean and is famous for its world-class surfing. The viewing platforms all along the shoreline offer amazing. views. Yallingup’s award-winning wineries and boutique cellar doors dot the picturesque hillsides, with some even overlooking the ocean.


Tiny Gracetown is situated along the sweeping curve of Cowaramup Bay. This quiet coastal town of beach shacks offers good shallows for safe swimming. A small general store by the beach offers the essentials.

Boranup Forest

The towering pale-barked karri trees of the Boranup Forest are magnificent, with some reaching more than 60m in height. Pre-dominantly 120-year regrowth, the forest was originally milled during the late 1800s timber boom. But it is still impressive and holds a special place in the hearts of many locals and visitors alike. The area is also well known for its wildflowers and orchids that colour the forest floor in spring.

Hamelin Bay

Stunning Hamelin Bay is a vast expanse of bright white sand and turquoise waters, well known for the abundance of stingrays that frequent the shallows.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse sits at the tip of a spectacular peninsula where the Southern and Indian Ocean meet. The historic lighthouse is mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse and is a must-see attraction. It’s also one of the best land-based vantage points for spotting whales (May to September).

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Western Australia’s beautiful Margaret River region is bursting with bountiful premium wineries, artisan food producers, cafes and boutique breweries. After a day on the trail indulge in fine local produce from the comfort of your lovely Margaret River based accommodation. Ask our staff member and former Cape to Cape tour guide where to find the best coffee!

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Turn off from daily routines and enjoy spending time in nature. Now more than ever it is important to look after ourselves. Relish the simple meditative rhythm of walking along pristine white beaches or the sound of silence or bird-song amongst the mesmerising forest landscape.



We are the only Australian walking company to attain the prestigious standard of Benefit Corp accreditation. All our trips are fully carbon offset. Our walks are high-quality nature-based tourism experiences that contribute back to the environment and local communities. We'll go the extra mile to make sure you are well prepared and have a great time!

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Be reassured, we will take care of you! RAW Travel’s navigation app has all the information you need. Lightweight and easy to carry, navigate the trail in real-time. For extra safety and support we also include a PLB emergency device and online pre-departure chat with our experienced tour guide.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of year to hike the Cape to Cape Track?

The best time to walk the track is autumn from late March to late May and spring from late August to late November. Spring is the most popular time to walk the trail as wildflowers including orchids are abundant and whales are migrating along the coastline. It is possible to walk the Cape to Cape Track year-round but you will encounter less extreme weather patterns if you avoid the wet winter months or extreme summer temperatures.

Is the Cape to Cape Track suitable for beginners?

This walk is moderate to challenging. It’s best suited to hikers of reasonably good fitness and confidence on a trail as you are quite remote. As it’s a coastal walk, it involves a variety of trail conditions, from clifftop paths to inland tracks through forest, heathland, sandy paths and walks across open beaches. The latter can be quite energy sapping if you are walking on soft sand, which may slow you down a lot.

What wildlife encounters are common along the Cape to Cape Trail?

The Cape to Cape Track features distinctive and unique native species including the honey possum, western quoll, quenda and grey-bellied dunnart. You will most likely come across the western grey kangaroo and a wide variety of reptiles such as king skink, bobtail lizards, dugites, western tiger snake and southern carpet python. There’s plenty of birdlife to look out for too, including cockatoos, lorikeets, rosellas, fairy-wrens, oystercatchers, osprey and hooded plover.

What type of wildflowers are there on the Cape to Cape Track?

You’ll go wild over the Cape to Cape’s wildflowers! The variety is staggering. From the tiniest snail orchid tucked onto the forest floor to tall kangaroo paws – wherever you look there are wildflowers, especially in spring when the bush lights up with colour along the track in one of the most spectacular displays on Earth. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) refers to the area as having the highest concentration of rare and endangered species on the entire continent. That’s enough reason to hit the trail!

What are some essential items to pack for hiking the Cape to Cape Track?

The Cape to Cape Track can be changeable and unpredictable throughout the year. Come prepared – and expect sun, rain, strong sea breezes and squally fronts – and you will enjoy it. Although the region has a mild Mediterranean climate it can also experience hot spells and cool temperatures. Waterproof walking boots with full ankle support are recommended for this walk. Trekking poles are not essential for the Cape to Cape Track. However, they are helpful in the steeper sections.

Do I need to check in when walking the Cape to Cape Track?

Yes! There are Cape to Cape Track registration points at the northern and southern ends of the trail. It is important you register your intention to walk the track in case of emergency and to help measure the popularity of the track for funding purposes. 

Is there mobile phone reception along the Cape to Cape Track?

Mobile phone reception is better towards the northern end of the track than the southern end. If you are on a guided trip, your leader will be equipped with tools to communicate with emergency services should the need arise. For self-guided walkers, we provide a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for use on the trail. They are designed to give out a distress call to emergency services with your location. 

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