Have you ever wanted to trek the natural landscapes of Western Australia? Experience a superb walk 250 km south of Perth where you will witness stunning coastlines, encounter native flora and fauna and learn about Australia’s vivid history. The Cape to Cape Walk Track is an 8 day group guided tour that covers unmissable ground between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste. Spanning 135 km from start to finish, the extraordinary trail offers great scenic variety, spanning squeaky white sand beaches, secluded coves, towering forests and limestone caves.
The Cape to Cape Walk Track is ideal for walkers who wish to traverse cliff-tops, deserted beaches, hamlets and villages, coastal heathlands, peppermint tree woodlands and majestic Karri forests with tall open stands of eucalypt, unique to the location. Rated as a moderate walking experience, the Cape to Cape Walk Track is frequented by many who enjoy the outdoors and like to adventure through various parts of Australian nature. Whether you are an avid walker or a keen adventurist, this walk is a must.
To help you learn more about the Cape to Cape Walk Track, Auswalk have prepared 11 answers to their most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, feel free to give Auswalk a call.
What are the highlights of the Cape to Cape Walk Track?
Each section of the walk offers a unique display of natural landscape, exquisite flora and fauna and a glimpse of Australia’s history. Some of the unmissable highlights include:
- pristine white sandy beaches;
- Wilyabrup sea cliff which is a rock-climbing and abseiling delight;
- tall Karri trees of the Boranup Forest;
- spectacular coastal views of the azure blue Indian Ocean;
- massive granite outcrops and two superb capes at Cape Clairault and Canal Rocks.
Do I need to prepare before the walk?
While preparation is fundamental before any activity, Auswalk recommend that walkers assess their capabilities and prepare accordingly. The more physical activity you would like to do before the walk is your choice. You should enjoy any preparatory tasks so that you are well rested and prepped for the walk.
Am I fit to complete the walk?
The Cape to Cape Track is generally well graded and relatively easy to negotiate. Full day walks average about 20 km. There are opportunities for fit walkers to challenge themselves on rather lengthy walks of up to 23 km. On average, majority of people with varying capabilities can complete this walk without difficulty.
What can I expect to see along the walk?
The Cape to Cape Walk Track commences at Cape Leeuwin and finishes at Cape Naturaliste. As you head north through Western Australia, you will pass through August, Cape Hamelin, Cosy Corner, Boranup Forest, Redgate, Gnarabup, Margaret River, Ellenbrook, Grace Town, Wilyabrup Cliffs, Moses Rock, Yallingup, and Sugarloaf Rock.
Why is it called the Cape to Cape Walk?
The Cape to Cape Walk is a trek between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste. Cape Leeuwin is located at the most south-westerly mainland point in Western Australia. Cape Leeuwin is known for its iconic lighthouse which is the tallest on mainland Australia. At this point you can see the intersection between the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean. At the other end of the walk, Cape Naturaliste is located at the western edge of Geographe Bay. It is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge. There is also a lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste which overlooks the headland.
When is the best time to walk the Cape to Cape Walk?
The best time is between March and May and September and November. While avoiding the Summer and Winter months is ideal, the walk can still be completed with extra effort. During the Autumn months, the weather is pleasant and swimming is a great option. During the Spring months, you will witness wildflowers.
What do I need to take with me?
Ensure that you acquire appropriate and adequate clothing, footwear and walking equipment. There are limited shops and resting points along the walk, so it is important that you are well equipped with all that you need. Remember, do not take too many items as the weight can slow you down!
Can you spend more time along the walk?
The objective of the walk is not to complete it in the shortest period of time! Auswalk recommend that you soak in the environment and take photos along the way. Of course, with a group guided tour there are restrictions on time. However, the team is flexible and they ensure that everyone completes the walk without rush, so no memorable highlights are missed.
Do we have to complete the entire walk?
If you are a member of the group guided walking tour, it is recommended that you stay with the group for the entire time. Auswalk may allow you to depart before the finish, however this needs to be agreed beforehand. While you might feel daunted by the prospect of completing a 135 km walk, the walk has been designed to be manageable for all.
Is their mobile reception along the walk?
Mobile connectivity is sparse. While you might gain reception at various points throughout the walk, it is not guaranteed at every point. The beauty of completing this walk is that you should focus on Australia’s nature, the diverse environment and the pristine landscapes. Avoid electronic devices that cause distractions – except your camera!
What is the food and accommodation like?
With a group guided tour, Auswalk take care of your accommodation and food. Everything is thoroughly prepared, so that you eat and rest well every day. Your health is important along the walk, so that you can sustain the entire trek.
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