Cape to Cape Track Guided
The gorgeous Cape to Cape Track embraces the beautiful West Australian coastline from Cape Naturaliste lighthouse to Cape Leeuwin lighthouse following the protected Ngari Capes Marine Park. Scenic coastal trails meander inland through the spectacular Boranup Karri forest before finishing with stretches of beach-walking along pristine white sand and paths of pretty coastal heath. Be supported by professional guides on our guided walk carrying emergency and first-aid equipment and with daily track transfers and trail support from RAW’s private transfer vehicle.
The 135km track is usually walked from north to south following the glorious Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. The ridge has a fascinating geology including soft Tamala Limestone which over millions of years has formed a massive network of caves, cliffs and coastal shelves. This landform combined with dramatic outcrops of ancient granite rocky outcrops defines the trail to create a spectacular showcase of natural beauty.
The South West region of Western Australia, including the Cape to Cape Track, is nestled within a global biodiversity hotspot. The entire area stretching from Shark Bay to Esperance is home to approximately 8,000 different plant species. Nearly 80% of these plants are endemic to the area and found nowhere else in the world – which makes this walk very special
The diverse landscape combined with the fascinating flora and fauna including native orchids such as fairy, snail, donkey and spider make this walk a joy. The path never diverts too far from the stunning Indian Ocean where you can enjoy white sandy beaches and fabulous swimming. Not to mention the walk falls within the world-renowned Margaret River premium wine-growing region.
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get ready for
- Fully guided tour with RAW’s experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide
- Discover dramatic granite outcrops
- Savour stunning scenery and coastal trails
- Escape to a hidden waterfall. Relax with a dip at Injidup natural spa
- Comfortable accommodation in the town of Margaret River
- Experience the ancient majestic coastline of WA’s Margaret River region
- Private transfers to and from Perth and along the trail in our private tour bus
- 8-days of pack-free walking staying in the heart of Margaret River
Where do we go?
The Cape to Cape Track
Duration: 5 -7 days
Route type: Linear trail; walked from north to south
Start: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
End: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Walk in reverse: Yes
Location: Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Closest towns: Dunsborough, Yallingup, Margaret River, Augusta
Yallingup is a tiny coastal hamlet famous for its world-class surfing and cool surfie vibe.
Gracetown is situated along the sweeping curve of Cowaramup Bay, this quiet coastal town of beach shacks is the halfway rest stop along the 123 kilometre Cape to Cape Track. It offers good shallows for safe swimming.
Hamelin Bay is presents a stunning beach of turquoise water, white sand and friendly stingray population who feed close to the shore.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse straddles both the Indian and Southern Oceans. Cape Leeuwin also is mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse.
We meet in Perth to begin our Cape to Cape adventure – all aboard the tour bus where
we meet our fellow hikers. Enjoy the excitement and camaraderie of the group as we
begin our journey to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. The first 3kms of the track is an easy
stroll on wheel-chair friendly tarmac – we will keep a lookout for wildflowers and enjoy
the vast coastal views. Lunch at Sugarloaf Rock (an impressive distinctively-shaped
granite rock just off the coast) is our first introduction to the impressive Leeuwin-
Naturaliste limestone ridge and granite coastline which we follow for the next 7-days.
We end our first day with a delicious dinner at one of Margaret River’s renowned
Savour the changing geology as we leave Yallingup and approach the enormous
granite rocks towards Canal Rocks. These rocks formed between 1,000 and 530 million
years ago – constant battering from waves has weakened the rock over time to form the
distinctive channels. We enjoy pleasant hiking for the remainder of the day as we follow
the ridge past Injidup natural spa and beach before weaving our way through coastal
tee-trees before a steady walk on 4WD tracks to Quinninup Falls. The falls are hidden
approximately 300m off the track but well worth a visit and swim if you’re inclined. A
short sharp sand hill climb opens to flat heathland before we finish at Moses Rock and
head to a local winery to relax and unwind after a hard day on the trail.
Meals: B L
We will keep a lookout for kangaroos on the ridge to our left-hand side as we begin
today’s walk. We follow the track over limestone headlands to reach Wilyabrup Beach
and a sometimes-tricky creek crossing, exercising caution as we cross slightly upstream
away from ocean waves. At the top of the cliff-top staircase we can catch our breath
and take in the views and look for abseilers. The climb is well rewarded with a beautiful
seascape vista as the track meanders high above the Indian Ocean before dropping
down to the beach below. From here the walk makes its way through lovely coastal
vegetation with seasonal wildflowers and fascinating granite outcrops. We enter a pretty
tee-tree thicket before a rocky scramble down and around the point to tiny Gracetown
nestled around beautiful Cowaramup Bay where we can relax and enjoy a swim.
Meals: B L
Enjoy every step we take as the path closely hugs the coastline before meandering
inland to historic Ellensbrook Homestead, the home of early settlers Ellen and Alfred
Bussell. From here the trail moves past Meekadarabee Falls, a significant Aboriginal
site which according to DPaW means ‘bathing place of the moon’. There are a couple of
steep hills to climb before we enjoy good views from the top of the ridge. Thick
vegetation lines the trail on either side enveloping you as you walk. It is wonderfully
picturesque especially when pink pimelea and other flowering plants are blooming.
Soon we drop onto Kilcarnup Beach which is home to numerous plovers, oyster-
catchers and other shorebirds. The sand is usually firm and offers an opportunity to
shed your hiking boots if bare-foot beach walking is your preference. From here it is a
short walk across Cape Mentelle to cross the Margaret River mouth to before finishing
with a short uphill walk to Wallcliffe Rd. Did I hear someone day ice-cream?
Meals: B L
The longest section of the Cape to Cape Track begins among bushland on unused
4WD tracks to descend 300+ steps to sheltered Boodjidup Valley. We take morning tea
among the Arum lilies – an invasive but nonetheless pretty weed from South Africa. The
sheltered path exits onto the coast which we follow until Redgate Beach famous for a
daring rescue of shipwreck survivors by local Aboriginal man Sam Isaacs and Grace
Bussell, 16-year-old daughter of Ellen and Alfred Bussell mentioned previously. There
are more stunning views as we climb to the top of the ridge and follow the pathway to
Bob’s Hollow. The section from Bob’s Hollow to Contos Campground is arguably the
most spectacular of the entire walk so make sure you savour the incredible turquoise
seascape. Our day finishes among the magnificent Boranup Karri forest where we will
look for seasonal orchids and forest-loving fungi.
Meals: B L
Today we embrace the change in vegetation while marvelling at the magnificence of the
karri forest – the world’s third tallest tree. Feel your connection with nature, listen for
birdsong but also to the silence. The Japanese call it ‘forest bathing’ and it’s more
important than ever we allow ourselves time and space to immerse ourselves in it.
Before too long we emerge on beautiful Boranup Beach where the 7km walk will either
delight or dismay you. Whatever your state of mind, we suggest you use this time to let
your thoughts drift and enjoy the meditative rhythm of your steps. Treat yourself to a
quick swim in the crystal-clear waters of Hamelin Bay where you may be lucky enough
to see their famous resident stingrays, before a delicious lunch and final push past the
quirky Foul Bay lighthouse to Cosy Corner.
Meals: B L
The reward for our efforts on the Cape to Cape Track slowly begins to reveal itself on
our last day. The trail starts with a fascinating walk on an ocean-hugging limestone
platform. The rocky shelf consists of a series of small blowholes which surprise and
delight especially if the ocean swell is conducive to making them ‘blow’! The excitement
of seeing your first glimpse of the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse as a tiny speck drives us
onwards along one of the longest beach sections of the walk. Let’s immerse ourselves
in the beauty of one of long-distance hiking’s most beautiful final sections. Amble the
last few kilometres of the glorious Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge embraced by low growing
coastal heath. Reach the historic water wheel, and unofficial finish of the Cape to Cape
Track with a whoop whoop or high-five! Then celebrate our official finish at the
lighthouse where the magnificent Indian and Southern oceans meet before enjoying a
final dinner at one of Margaret River finest restaurants.
Meals: B L D
- 7-days fully guided walking supported by RAW Travel’s experienced first-aid
trained professional guide
- 7-nights comfortable spacious en suite accommodation in the heart of magical Margaret River
- Delicious breakfasts with a focus local and seasonal produce including bread,
yoghurt, coffee, butter and jams.
- Your choice of fresh produce for packed lunches of wraps, sandwiches, rolls,
salads, fruit, muesli bars or trail mix (or similar)
- Private daily vehicle transfers from your accommodation to / from the trailhead
- Driver and support vehicle for the duration of the tour with optional drop-out points
- Refreshments breaks including tea, coffee and cake during the walk
- Celebratory arrival and departure dinner
- Pre-trip planning, guidance and support from our experienced team
- Additional local experiences including chocolate and winery visits to enhance
- Travel insurance
- Dinner days 2-6
- Items of a personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages
- Single supplement – ($600 subject to availability)
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- Different accommodations booked along the route
- Briefing from our knowledgeable local driver
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