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5 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

From $1650 pp

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5 Days

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Moderate

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trip cost

From $1650 pp

Self-Guided Trip

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  • Itinerary
  • Getting there
  • Inclusions
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Overview

Cape to Cape Track Highlights

A relaxing discovery of Western Australia’s legendary Cape to Cape Track awaits you on our 5-day self-guided highlights walking tour. We’ve selected the most scenic sections of the walk for you to enjoy while still allowing time to explore the exceptional food and wine of the region. From Cape Naturaliste lighthouse to the trail end at Cape Leeuwin lighthouse the track embraces the limestone ridge-line of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The trail curls through gorgeous coastal landscapes and seascapes leading to pristine beaches with chance wildlife encounters. On your final day hike through the gorgeous heath-lined pathway along what has been described as one of the ‘best final sections of any walk, anywhere’.

Cape to Cape Track

Highlights

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  • Meander one of Australia’s most biodiverse hiking trails
  • Relax in boutique accommodation in the heart of Margaret River
  • Marvel at the raw beauty of the 300 million year old+ granite outcrops
  • Watch surfers tackle world class waves at Yallingup beach
  • Enjoy world class wines and foodie delights of the Margaret River region
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Length: 59.5km 
Duration: 5 days  
Grade: Moderate
Route type: Linear trail; walked from north to south
Start: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse 
End: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
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.

Boranup Forest – Be amazed by soaring Karri trees within Western Australia’s global biodiversity hotspot.

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.

Itinerary

Daily Details

Day 1: CAPE NATURALISTE LIGHTHOUSE TO YALLINGUP (14km)

We recognise and acknowledge Wardandi people as the traditional owners of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Drive to Yallingup Beach carpark to transfer with your private driver to Cape Naturaliste lighthouse to begin your walk. If you are driving from Perth or elsewhere, we recommend you start no later than 12.30pm to allow yourself enough time to comfortably walk back to your car. The first 3km is an easy stroll on a wheel-chair friendly hard surface, look out for wildflowers including orchids on your left-hand side just after the registration point. 

Divert from the track to the impressive Sugarloaf Rock, a massive granite outcrop, impressive local landmark and good viewing point for seabirds, and if you are lucky, bottle-nose dolphins, Humpback or Southern right whales from July to October. On arrival in Yallingup take time to linger on the beach and watch the talented local surfers take on the swell at the famous surf break. 

Meals: L

Day 2: Smiths Beach to Moses Rock North (14km)

A fascinating day that begins at the southern end of Smiths beach, a well-known surf break. If the famous ‘Supertubes’ swell has hit the beach the local surfers will be out and you can enjoy watching some spectacular surfing before heading off for the day. 

The track winds through some stunning rock formations before arriving at the fascinating Canal Rocks (Windjee Sam) rock formation. You can divert from the path and take the wooden boardwalk for a close up view of the canal itself which has been formed over millions of years by the force of the ocean. Please make sure you follow all safety signs in the area as the ocean can be unpredictable and dangerous.

After crossing the road the path weaves through gorgeous coastal vegetation, past Injidup natural spa, a secluded rock pool that is sheltered from the force of the Indian ocean. Follow 4wd tracks before dropping down to the beach just before Quinninup Falls. The falls are hidden from view approximately 300m from the trail but it is worthwhile expending the extra energy to enjoy this special spot.

Meals: B, L

Day 3: Ellensbrook to Margaret River Mouth (11km)

Beginning at the historic Ellensbrook homestead the trail passes by the diminutive Meekadarabee Falls before a challenging climb to the top of the ridge. The path weaves its way through gorgeous coastal vegetation before dropping onto the sweeping shoreline of Kilcarnup beach. Enjoy a break at the beautiful bay, paddle in the gorgeous turquoise water or watch the abundant shorebirds such as plovers and oyster-catchers go about their day.

Consider taking off your shoes as you walk on firm sand to Cape Mentelle before a quick climb from the beach for sweeping views of the stunning Indian ocean coastline. This is a wonderful place for a photo opportunity before enjoying the short stroll to the mouth of the Margaret River and your finish point for today.

Meals: B, L

Day 4: Redgate Beach to Hooley Rd / Boranup Forest (12.9km)

Spectacular Redgate Beach is famous for its daring rescue of survivors of the shipwrecked SS Georgette by 16-year-old Grace Bussell (Gracetown is named after her) and Aboriginal stockman Sam Isaccs. There is a plaque at the beach to commemorate their incredible act of bravery in saving many lives from the treacherous waves. 

From the beach the trail diverts inland through a peaceful grove of tea-trees, a perfect place for a break, before climbing to follow the ridge to Bob’s Hollow. This beautiful limestone cave with its overhanging cliffs is well-known for rock climbing up its near-vertical rock face; if you look closely you can see the bolts leading to the top.

From here you walk along the coastal cliff top on one of the prettiest sections of the track with glorious expansive views over the ocean and easy walking into Contos campsite. The next section is easy walking, first along a dirt road and then a track through the beautiful Boranup forest. Walking through the towering Karri trees is a highlight. You’ll finish your walk where the track meets the turn-off for Hooley Road. 

Meals: B, L

Day 5: Augusta Cliffs Rd to Cape Leeuwin lighthouse (7.5km)

From Augusta Cliffs Road the trail meanders high above the cliff-line towards Cape Leeuwin lighthouse which is hidden from sight at this stage. Tall coastal health lines both sides of the path shielding you from the Indian Ocean breeze and enveloping you in the final stages of the walk. 

If you are lucky you may encounter kangaroos in this section, which can make for an interesting interaction and good photo opportunity. The thick vegetation doesn’t allow for a sideways escape which generally leads to a brief stand-off before the kangaroo turns and bounds away in the opposite direction. 

The path then opens to generous views of the lighthouse and Cape Leeuwin seascape before dropping down to the registration station to sign your name into the records. There is some final rock-hopping before a pleasant walk on huge flat granite boulders to the unofficial finish at the historic calcified water wheel which was used to pump water to the lighthouse. Make sure you celebrate with an Instagram worthy photo (don’t forget to tag us) before your final steps to the memorable Cape Leeuwin lighthouse to officially complete your Cape to Cape walk.

Meals: B, L

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Getting there

To/from your walk

If you do NOT have a car, your driver will transfer you to/from the start and end point of your walk each day. If you DO have a car, you can drive and park your car at the start or end point of each day’s walk. If you leave your car at the start point, your driver will meet you at the end of your walk at a designated agreed time and transfer you back to your car each day. If leaving your car at the end point, your driver will meet you each morning at the end point of that day’s walk and transfer you to the start of the trail. You can then drive yourself back to your accommodation at the end of your day’s walk. Experience tells us leaving your car at the END point of each day’s walk is the most convenient. It saves time waiting for a pick-up and you have more time to enjoy the area.

Inclusions

What's included

Included
  • 5 days self-guided walking supported by RAW Travel’s navigation app
  • 4 nights’ boutique style accommodation in Margaret River
  • 4 delicious breakfasts using in season local produce including granola, jams, yoghurt and sourdough 
  • Fresh prepared packed lunch for walking days 
  • Private daily vehicle transfers from your accommodation to / from the trailhead – 1 transfer per day
  • Emergency Personal Locator Beacon usage for duration of trip
  • Cape to Cape Track map 
  • ​​Carbon offset for your trip and a native tree planted on your behalf
  • Complimentary afternoon tea (depending on availability)
Excluded
  • Lighthouse entrance fees (Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse $5pp + Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse $6pp)
  • Dinners
  • Single supplement
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Transport to and from Perth 
App

WALKING APP

FINDING YOUR WAY

Our unique RAW Travel walking app has been designed to help you navigate easily on the trail. Simply download your map with the unique link we send you and you’ll be able to follow your route with ease, showing your location in real-time without any internet connection needed. The app has many great features. It shows you weather forecasts localised for each of your overnight stops, information on the location of each night’s accommodation. There are important reminders, safety information, videos and emergency contact information. It also has a unique audio feature that can tell you about places and points of interest as you approach them on the trail.

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Western Australia’s Cape to Cape Track is legendary! We promise once you finish this walk you will forget every bit of sand that inadvertently made its way into your boots! Find out everything you need to know in our free destination guide.

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Customer Testimonials

The RAW Travel team have been exceptional, organising hassle-free adventures. Aside from the overwhelming sense of achievement at the end of each hike, I love that walking to and through a destination really makes me appreciate the amazing world we live in, its people, cultures and nature. Thanks, RAW Travel, for introducing me to the wonderful world of walking!

Monica Antoniazzi

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

A spectacular walk, well organised and not rushed backed up by a great company that walks the trails and knows how to make your multi day walk adventure a treat for the soul.

April 2022

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Excellent trip. The accommodation was excellent and being able to be transported to the start and finish of our daily walks provided extra comfort. The food on the trip was also of good quality and ample.

May 2022

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