The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park stretches over 100kms along Western Australia’s magnificent Southwest coast. With the world renowned Margaret River wine region at its centre, this coast is as diverse as it is spectacular. From giant Karri forests to windswept limestone cliffs, pristine white sandy beaches, coastal heath as well as ancient dunes and granite cliff lines, the diversity of landscapes makes this one of Australia’s most delightful coastal walks. Walking during the warmer months reveals abundant wildflowers as well daily opportunities for a swim in the ocean and lagoons. This itinerary aims to traverse the entire 135km Cape to Cape Track, walking between 14km to 25km each day with just a day-pack. There are some steep sections, and beach walking can be challenging, however on some days there are options to walk half a day. Excellent homemade food, knowledgeable guides and centre based, comfortable lodge style accommodation which we return to each evening. Come and see why our previous walkers have rated this trek as one of Australia’s best.
Walking, Trekking & Hiking
5 – Moderate
Cape to Cape Trip highlights
– Cliff top walking with stunning views of red granite boulders, white sand beaches and turquoise waters
– Stay in the comfortable Margaret River Beach House
– Wander through the magnificent and ancient Karri forest
– Explore the rugged and diverse South Western Australian coastline
Day 1 – Drive from Perth, walk Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup (14 km)
Pick up for the tour is from the Fremantle (Parry Street car park) at 7.20am or from Wellington Street Tourist coach stand at 8.00am. We then drive to Cape Naturaliste where we begin our trek south. We enjoy spectacular cliff-top and beach walking as we trek to Yallingup. Keep your eye out for dolphins! Note, as we walk on the first afternoon, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and bring your day pack ready to go. After our walk the bus will meet us at Yallingup and then we will drive to Margaret River.
Day 2- Yallingup to Moses Rock (17.5 km)
Some beach walking in the morning, and superb coastal views all day. The red granite boulders, white sand beaches and turquoise waters can be astoundingly beautiful. We’ll have lunch at the surfing Mecca, Injidup, visit Quinninup Falls and finish with ocean views at Moses Rock.
Day 3 – Moses Rock to Gracetown (16km)
This is a great day, and relatively easy – although there are a few hills and some sandy patches. The magnificent sweeping views of the coast from cliff-top vantage points, and the towering red rocks of Willyabrup are two of many highlights. If the weather’s nice, you might enjoy a refreshing swim in the sheltered bay at Gracetown. Or just soak those feet as you reflect on another great day on the Cape to Cape.
Day 4 – Gracetown to Margaret River (18km)
It’s fairly easy walking among coastal heath to Ellensbrook historic homestead, where you can enjoy morning tea and explore the grounds. The track then takes an inland route, which gives us a good appreciation of the landscape away from the ocean for a while. After lunch we’re back on the coast, and a very pleasant beach walk takes us to Cape Mentelle. We finish the day at the Margaret River mouth – a good place for a swim if it’s warm.
Day 5 – River mouth to Boranup Forest (26km)
A very varied day today! We’ll head inland again to start with, and enjoy morning tea beside the Boodjidup Brook. A beach walk takes us to Redgate for lunch and then a spectacular stretch of cliff-top walking sees us reach shady Contos Campground by afternoon tea. The final part of the day is through the cool peaceful forest on firm, easy tracks. It’s a wonderful end to a wonderful day. Despite the distance, today is not usually considered the most difficult.
Day 6 – Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner (21.5 km)
This morning we continue through the karri forest before making our way down to the aqua-blue waters of Hamelin Bay. This 6 km beach stretch can be very enjoyable, with the right mindset. Enjoy the peace, the view and the moment as you walk into Hamelin Bay for a picnic lunch. After lunch it’s a short but challenging hike up to the tiny Foul Bay Lighthouse, with sweeping views back along the coast. Then before you know it, you’ll reach the end of another beautiful day.
Day 7 – Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin (21 km)
This can be an exciting last day, especially if it’s windy! Much of the walking is along a limestone ledge close to the sea, complete with blowholes! There is a long beach stretch where you can daydream about all that you’ve achieved this week. After that we head inland, occasionally sighting the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, signalling the end of your walk. Your ‘end to end’ journey officially finishes at the Cape Leeuwin waterwheel but we’ll take a walk up to the lighthouse, if time permits. Tonight we will celebrate your wonderful achievement!
Day 8 – Return to Perth
Enjoy a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast this morning before we drop you into Margaret River where you can enjoy a coffee, some shopping or a wander through the local farmers markets. Pick up some take-away lunch (own expense) before we head back to Perth, arriving by mid afternoon.
All fares are in Canadian Dollars, are per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability at time of booking.
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