Product Review: Keens Newport H2

Keens Newport H2

You can currently pick these walking sandals up for $99.95 from the Mountain Designs Outlet online store. Walking over 100kms in boots can sometimes take its toll on our most precious hiking asset. It can be a relief to give your feet a breather for a day or 2 during your Cape to Cape hike. These sandals are comfortable, breathable, secure and waterproof whilst still protecting your toes. In warmer weather, these sandals are perfect for long beach sections, eliminating the concern of getting your feet wet!

Science Proves There is Happiness in Hiking!

Recently a lot of evidence has surfaced explaining the science behind how walking in nature can actually change our brains for the better! A dynamic community of writers cooperatively known as Collective Evolution have recently published an article that went viral through social media outlet Facebook expanding on several functional reasons we should all be hiking more often!

Walking along the stunning Cape to Cape Track north of Smith's Beach

We’ve all had an inkling for quite some time that hiking is good for our body, mind and soul but science is now uncovering that while hiking we are actually altering brains for the better! Stopping negative and obsessive thoughts is only the start in the list of mental health benefits associated with walking in nature. We can also boost our creative abilities by disconnecting from technology while hiking. That’s write everyone, leave your smart phones at home!

Pure Joy out on the Track!

At Cape to Cape Explorer Tours we have endless options available for you to experience one of the most spectacular long distance coastal hikes in the world! We can’t think of a better way for you to boost your brain power than here in the southwest. Have a browse through our self-guided and guided options to see what you can pencil in for your next holiday!

Vasse Felix Day Top Notch!

Thursday 16th December saw the whole team at Vasse Felix join Cape to Cape Explorer Tours for they annual ‘Vasse Felix Day’ celebration. Eighty staff based in Margaret River, Perth, Sydney and even London took a guided walk from Whaleback Rock (just north of Gracetown) to Wilyabrup Cliffs, stopping for a break at Gallows Beach.

Most of the team were tempted by a refreshing dip in the ocean before lunch, while some of the staff chose to kick back and watch the surf roll in.

A shady spot for lunch allowed everyone to wind down before we continued the rest of the hike!

Our local guides explored some of the local Geology, Flora, Fauna and Marine facts where even some of long term residents of the Capes Region claimed to have learned something new.

The second half of the leisurely walk was highlighted by an impressive performance by an excited pod of a dolphins! Unfortunately these acrobats were too speedy to be caught on film, however I don’t think any of us, including the CCET guides, will be forgetting the show in a hurry. The dolphins were launching themselves several meters into the air, gliding and backflipping through the swell lines!

Before heading back to the Estate, the team enjoyed a glance over the famously breathtaking Wilyabrup Cliff and watched the awe-inspiring abseilers hover above the ocean. What a great day had by all! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the relationship between Vasse Felix and Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.

Love wine, food and the outdoors? Why not check out our Cape to Vine Tour! A collaboration between the Margaret River’s founding wine estate and Cape to Cape Explorer Tours means a morning filed with fresh air and local knowledge, followed an in-depth tour and unforgettable lunch experience at Vasse Felix. Click here to find out more!

Track Specialists finalists for trio of awards

Cape to Cape Track tour company named as finalists in three categories in the Margaret River Region Business Awards.

With opportunity to take on the Tourism Excellence Award, Small Business of the Year Award and Western Australia Regional Small Business Award, Gene Hardy, Managing Director of Cape to Cape Explorer Tours (CCET), said that the company had worked very hard over the last 5 years to get to where they are today and has loved every moment of it.

“Cape to Cape Explorer Tours are a proudly locally owned Margaret River company. We pride ourselves as being the Cape to Cape Track Specialists and are passionate about sharing our knowledge and experience with hikers and travellers from all parts of Australia and from all over the world,” he said.

“Drew McKenzie (CCET Director) and I live local, breathe local and hire local. We are not only experts in the area but also in Geology, History, Biology, Biodiversity and Geography.”

“We are stoked to be named as finalists in these awards.”

To see the full list of finalists…

http://www.mrcci.com.au/the-margaret-river-region-2014-business-awards-finalists-announcement/

To read more about it in The West Australian…

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/south-west/a/24657521/margaret-rivers-finest-are-business-finalists/

Playwright plays with words and imagery on the Track

World renowned Singaporean Playwright and Lawyer walks alone in the south west wilderness on a Self Guided Customised End-to-End Track Experience in June, the coldest winter month of the year.

Talented and unique Ms Eleanor Wong, well known for her intellectual gift for law and another for theatrical words, said that she enjoyed the moods of the weather during her Cape to Cape Track experience.

“It’s been great…it’s been ‘amaaaazing’. Everyday I’ve had some amazing weather….a couple of days of good sun and then yesterday down the stretch with all the rocks (behind Gracetown) with the rain threatening the whole day, just grey like that, and the sea all angry and powerful, was just amazing,” Ms Wong said.

Ms Wong said she was not highly trained hiker having come from a city life, but loved the luxury option of dong the walk this way.

“I am really not a very good or experienced walker at all. I come from Singapore, where it is mostly city, you get driven everywhere and then you sit in an air conditioned place… but I love being out there…with all this great support from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours. When you are out there, you are out there with nothing between you, nothing next you, nothing near you and it’s just you and what’s natural.”

The support from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours enabled Ms Wong to be free from worry on her journey in the wilderness.

“I love the feeling of having not that much of a safety net. I don’t think I am that rash. If you at least don’t get close to the edge, you don’t know where you end,” she said.

Inspired to blog about her travels, her writing is an abstract, but beautiful take on the spectacular hike. Ms Wong used this image and wrote…

 “diamond lines

  dinosaur spines

  shark teeth

  anything but leaves”

 To read this gifted lady’s blog and personal interpretation of the Track please click on the below link…

Eleannor’s Blog

To book a Self Guided trip like Eleanor’s please contact us on-  M:0459 452 038  E:info@capetocapetours.com.au

Please note: Whilst it is more cost effective to travel in groups of two or more, we can cater for all your needs as a solo traveller.

Our Great Friends of the Iconic Track

Last month members from the not-for-profit organisation, Friends of the Cape to Cape Track (FOCCT), joined Cape to Cape Explorer Tours on an eight day guided end to end walk of the Track.

Jenny Kikeros, FOCCT member and nature enthusiast was amongst those who walked the whole Track over 8 days.

“I have been a member of Friends of the Cape to Cape Track since 2008 to do the walks, help out and enjoy the Cape”, she said.

“It’s my part of contributing to the Cape.”

With many walks completed over the years she still enjoys the diversity and beauty that the Track offers with her favourite part being one that is the most alone.

“I have walked the Track over 10 times.”

“I love the remoteness, wildlife, beautiful flowers and the contrast of the forest and the beach. I love it all.”

“I really like the part near Augusta because it’s so isolated.”

Mrs Kikeros said she discovered more about the coastal stretch including it’s wildlife.

“Our guides Gene and Drew shared their knowledge and experience and this time we learnt lots about birds.”

With a passion for the region and the 135km Track, CCET Directors and Senior Guides, Gene Hardy and Drew McKenzie, are also members of the FOCCT management committee.

Mr McKenzie said that as part of the FOCCT committee they could contribute expertise and detailed Track knowledge to the meetings and the group’s planning.

“We have a common interest and are happy to share our knowledge and skills with group,” said Mr McKenzie.

“We are also adoptees of the spectacular Bobs Hollow to Contos stretch of the Track,” he said.

“This years Autumn End-to-Ender was a great success and we enjoyed walking with the FOCCT members who are passionate about the Track and took pride in showing off their adopted portions of the Track.”

If you would like to book a guided End-to-End experience like the FOCCT did for yourself then please check out our tours here… Guided End-to-Ender

Rather do it by yourself… Self Guided

We also offer School Group experiences… Schools

To book or for further information please call us on M:0459 452 038 or email E: info@capetocapetours.com.au

To become a member of the FOCCT… Friends of the Cape to Cape Track

Top travel site awards Cape to Cape Tours twice

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has given Cape to Cape Explorer Tours an award which honours hospitality excellence for the second year in a row.

The Certificate of Excellence is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Gene Hardy, Managing Director of Cape to Cape Explorer Tours, is very pleased to be receiving this award again from TripAdvisor.

“We strive to offer our customers a memorable Track experience, whether it be a Self Guided or Guided Tour with one of our experienced guides, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

To read the awesome reviews from our clients please click on the Trip Advisor link below…

 

Father and Sons Celebrate on Track

To celebrate his 60th birthday Robert Chandler and his sons Dane, Nathan & Guy walked the whole Cape to Cape Track from End to End.

Starting at Cape Naturaliste and heading South, Mr Chandler said that the Self Guided Tour was not only a scenic journey but also a bonding family holiday that had not happened for a very long time.

“The highlight of the tour was the opportunity of doing what was a wonderful trip with my three boys to celebrate my 60th, so that and followed not far beyond by, what was a very enjoyable trip along the coastal plains of our south west coast which was magnificent,” he said.

Nathan Chandler, the middle son of the three brothers, agreed with short but sweet words.

“Scenery, surf, bushland, fresh air,” he said.

It was their first family holiday in “20 years” and they “totally” bonded.

Whilst eldest brother Dane found that the silence amongst them different but good.

“There is something to be said about being comfortable in each others silence. It was a good trip . It was challenging but in good ways,” he said.

For more info about or to book this and other fully supported Cape to Cape Track experiences…Cape to Cape Explorer Tours Self Guided Tours or contact us here… E: info@capetocapetours.com.au M:0459 452 038