FAQs

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you can click on the questions below to see answers to some of the most common questions our clients ask.

Getting to the Margaret River Region
 The Margaret River Region is approximately 300kms south of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. If you are travelling interstate or from overseas and do not have your own vehicle in Perth, there are a couple of options for you to make your way down to the South West. Once you’re here, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours will transfer you to and from your accommodation and to the Track. Just let us know how you are planning to arrive!

Hire a car & self drive – There are a number of car hire companies operating from various locations around WA’s capital, including the Perth Airports. It can cost as little as $360 to hire a Hyundai i20 for 9 days and, as our logistics ensure that your vehicle stays safe at your accommodation, it opens up options for adventuring to vineyards after finishing your days walk or visiting town for an evening meal. We recommend checking out VroomVroomVroom.com.au to find the best vehicle and price for your budget.

Drive your own car – Our logistics ensure that your vehicle stays safe at your accommodation for the duration of your Cape to Cape Explorer Tours experience. Also, by having your own vehicle you can spend your afternoons and evening visiting some of the regions great wineries and restaurants.

Travel by bus or coach from Perth – South West Coach Lines and TransWA connect Perth to the South West region, departing daily from the City Bus Port, East Perth Railway Station, Domestic Airport, & International Airport, Perth. The journey to Margaret River by bus takes approximately 5 hours and costs around $130 pp return. Click on these links to view bus timetables with South West Coach Lines and TransWA.

Cape to Cape Explorer Tours transfer service – If you are joining one of our guided experiences, transfers between the Perth CBD or the Perth Airport are included in you tour price. If you are embarking on one of our self-guided adventures we offer a pickup service starting from $500 one-way for groups of up to 12 people (depending on pickup time).

 

Can I schedule rest days between walk days or extra nights accommodation either side of my self-guided tour?

Of course you can! When booking any of our multi-day self-guided tours you can select as many rest days in the middle or extra nights accommodation either side of your tour for $180 per night per couple. To add addition nights to any of our multi day self-guided packages during the booking process, first select the number of participants and the date of your tour then simply select the option on our ‘Optional Extras’ page.

 

Why don't we move accommodation more frequently?

Cape to Cape Explorer Tours have hand picked fantastic coastal accommodation in the Margaret River Region in close proximity to the Cape to Cape Track. Our customers consistently appreciate returning to familiar surroundings upon returning from a long days walk. You won’t need to worry about packing and unpacking your belongings more than you need to because we’ve reduced the hassle of shifting accommodation to just once midway through your experience. By staying in the Smiths Beach and Gnarabup areas, you have the luxury of walking in and out of your accommodation on some of your walking days. 

 

What is your standard accommodation for self-guided?
Chandlers Smiths Beach Villas

Living area and view at Chandlers Smiths Beach Villas

Depending on availability, you will spend your first three nights in the Smiths Beach area staying at either Chandlers Smiths Beach Villas or Canal Rocks Apartments.

Canal Rocks Apartment

Bedroom at Canal Rocks Apartments

You will spend your final four nights in the coastal hamlet of Gnarabup, staying at the well appointed 4 Star Margarets Beach Resort.

Margarets Beach Resort

Studio apartment at Margarets Beach Resort

Margarets Beach Resort

Floor plan of studio apartment at Margarets Beach Resort

 

We really want to treat ourselves, can we upgrade our accommodation?

You absolutely can! You can add our ‘5 Star Luxury Upgrade’ during the booking process. By selecting the number of participants and the date of your tour, you can then simply select the ‘5 Star Luxury Upgrade’ on our ‘Optional Extras’ page. For just an extra $495 per person, you can upgrade your ‘8 Day End to End Catered Comforts‘ experience and we’ll even include a 1 hour massage.

Smiths Beach Resort

Overlooking the pool during sunset at Smiths Beach Resort

You will spend your first three nights in the 5 Star Smiths Beach Resort, followed by four nights in an upgraded spa apartment at the beautiful Margarets Beach Resort.

Margarets Beach Resort

Beautiful views from Margarets Beach Resort spa apartment

Margarets Beach Resort

Floor plan of spa apartment at Margarets Beach Resort

 

What is the accommodation like for the End-to-End 8 Day Classic Guided Experience?

We stay in a modern 4 bed / 2 bath house that is located about 200m from one of the best beaches in Australia – Prevelly! It’s a fantastic spot, but differentiated from the ‘Ultimate Guided Experience‘ where the accommodation is located at Margarets Beach Resort and everyone has their own bathrooms.

 

What time is the pick up from Perth on the first day of my guided experience and the drop off on the last day? Where can I be picked up from?

On the first day of your guided experience you will be picked up from the Perth Ambassador Hotel at 8am. We also pick up from any accommodation in the Hay Street area of the Perth CBD. You can be dropped in either the Perth CBD or at the Perth airport by 1:30pm on the final day of your Cape to Cape Explorer Tours experience.

 

On my guided experience, what do I get when I pay the single supplement?

By paying the single supplement, you will get your own room for the duration of your stay with us. This does not apply to camping experiences, as the price already includes a tent per person.

 

Can I have a rest day or a half-day walk option on my guided experience?

Absolutely! It’s your holiday! You are more than welcome to take a day off walking to relax at your accommodation, enjoy the wineries of the Margaret River region, explore the beaches of Gnarabup or stroll the streets of Margaret River. On some days there may also be an option for a half-day walk, depending on vehicle access. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your options on P:0459 452 038 or E: info@capetocapetours.com.au.

 

What can I do on my rest days?

If you plan on breaking up your hike with a rest day, we are more than happy to organise a hire car with a local car hire company so you can explore the region in your own time. There are also a number of companies offering wine tours and most include pick-up and drop-off to your accommodation so you can sit back and relax on the road.

 

How difficult is walking the Cape to Cape Track? How do I know that I'm up for the challenge?

Majority of the Track runs along the coast making use of constructed paths, single walk trails, 4WD vehicle tracks and natural beach sections consisting of rock platforms and variable sand. Most of the terrain of the Track is of moderate difficulty (around 65%), with a fair amount of the walk being easy-moderate (30%). A small percentage of the Track is more challenging comprising of softer sand or steeper inclines. One factor that may influence the difficulty of your walk is the weather.

From end-to-end, with a bit of training the Track is well in the capability of anyone who is moderately fit. By starting the walk at the northern end of the Track, we ease you in with 3 days of less challenging stretches (16kms), reserving the longer and more difficult days (20kms+) for when your fitness has increased. As long as you don’t have any pre-existing injuries you are likely to feel stronger and healthier as the week goes on rather than more exhausted.

If you are still unsure if you are up to the challenge, give us a call on 0459 452 038 to discuss your training and fitness.

 

What is the average age of travellers who chose to walk the Track with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours?

Walkers age varies between late 20’s to mid-70’s, with the average age of hikers around 55 years old.

 

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Yes! Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, have allergies or just dislike certain foods we can do our best to supply you with delicious food throughout your stay with us.

 

How does the catering work?

At the beginning of your multi-day tour, you will be provided with a supply box containing your breakfast supplies and Track snacks for the duration of your tour. We provide freshly made wraps and rolls for each day you are out on the Track and delicious pre-cooked three course meals for you to heat and serve when you return to your accommodation. One of your dinners provided will be fresh local line caught fish that you will need to BBQ yourself. This is a favourite amongst our hikers, but If you would prefer another pre-cooked meal that doesn’t need barbecuing then we can most certainly accommodate you.