Did you miss our Spring Newsletter? Click here to check it out now!
Did you miss our Spring Newsletter? Click here to check it out now!
Our guided end-to-end hikes run back to back throughout Spring and so far this year our groups have been having an absolute blast! Not only are they loving the Track and learning about all the different environmental and social elements that make the Margaret River Region so special, they are indulging in wine tastings, massages, cave explorations and delicious meals after their days walk.
After your first day on the Track, we head back to Gnarabup for a fantastic BBQ of local line caught fish and fresh salad. This is the perfect opportunity for everyone to relax and get to know each other whilst chatting about the adventure that the week ahead holds!
Day two on the Track is a little bit longer and more challenging than the first, but it’s all worth it to head to Cape Grace Wines and enjoy a wine tasting and a cheese platter with Karen. Heading home to unwind with a delicious Margaret River meal in your room will leave you feeling rested for your next day on the Cape to Cape. This night is one of the best to indulge in a massage.
Your third day with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours is a shorter and easier walk finished with a sundowner at Margaret River’s founding estate, Vasse Felix. After trying wine produced from some of the regions oldest vines, head home to freshen up before hitting The Common for pizza night! Yum!
After crossing the half way point and the Margaret River, on day four you walk into your accommodation. Tonights meal is a degustation of Japanese tempura at Miki’s Open Kitchen, one of the regions most renowned restaurants. A two hour dining experience that will leave you feeling spoilt!
After a variable, challenging and long day on the Track, you’ll head straight back to your accommodation to relax and enjoy a dinner in your accommodation from one of Margaret River’s best providers, The Larder. Another opportunity for a massage presents itself this evening.
After your second last day on the Cape to Cape, you will get the opportunity to visit one of Margaret River’s iconic caves. Venture underground with helmet and torch to explore the beauty of Calgardup Cave before emerging to a delicious hearty soup under the stars featuring freshly baked rolls from Margaret River Woodfired Bread.
To celebrate your achievement of hiking the Cape to Cape Track, we spend the final evening sharing a meal at The Common. Certificates, slide shows and champagne make for an enjoyable evening of reminiscing with your new friends!
With all of our Guided Join a Group experiences full to the brim this Spring and bookings for both Autumn and Spring next year already flowing in, we recommend booking now to avoid disappointment! With three different accommodation options including camping, staying in well appointed beach houses or staying at the 4-Star Margarets Beach Resort you can shape your Cape to Cape experience to suit your needs. Check out our dates on our home page now!
Heading into October, the wildflowers are well and truely on display down in Margaret River! With over 1200mm of rain so far this year, all our native flora is absolutely bursting with beautiful colours.
Although our native orchids are exquisite, there are also many other flowering species that you can spot on the Cape to Cape Track that can be just as breath taking. One of our favourites is the Mangles Kangaroo Paw. The striking red and green of the flower stalk can grow over a metre in height and is a simply stunning contrast among the darker green foliage.
The Coral Vine adds a splash of warmth to the Cape to Cape Track as it meanders through the surrounding vegetation. Pink, orange and yellow are so dramatically eye catching it’s hard not to stop and take a closer look!
Although the flowers on this shrub are pretty and pink, the foliage is prickly and straggly! These beautiful flowers can be seen through the forest section of the Track and at nearly Cosy Corner.
These rather tall and common Donkey Orchids are a funky and fun looking flower that can be found in various sections of the Track over early spring. Growing very tall, they are absolutely magnificent when poking out from the vegetation. If you want to take a step away from the coast and into other vegetation types, why not check out our Wild About Margaret River Tour? Not only will you get the chance to spot lots of native orchids with an experienced guide, you’ll also get the chance to learn some of the fascinating local history.
Spring is well and truly here in the Margaret River Region! The beautiful change in season has brought sunshine and wildflowers in abundance! Late August through to late November really is the perfect time of year to get outdoors and experience the true biodiversity of this region. With over 8,500 flora species in the South West, almost everyday there is a new flower presenting itself to walkers along the Cape to Cape Track!
Did you know that not all the plants in this region rely on nutrients from the soil to survive? Over time some species have developed adaptations that allow them to feed on unsuspecting insects! These carnivores have vibrant mucilaginous glands on their leaves that lure in prey and secrete enzymes that ultimately disolve unfortunate insects into a digestible food source for the host.
Don’t have the time to walk the entire 135km’s of the track? Why not take a look at some of our other self-guided options? We also offer a range of day tours where our local expert guides will enthusiastically give you a taste of the regions natural beauty!
Cape to Cape Explorer Tours will be holding a spring working bee this Father’s Day, September 2, from 9.30am till 12.30pm. Staff and volunteers alike will use trimmers and loppers to keep the path open, as well as replace any posts or markers that have been lost over the past season on the Track.
The entire length of the Track is maintained by adoptees of the Friends of the Cape to Cape Track volunteer management group in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Conservation.
Cape to Cape Explorer Tours have adopted the section of Track from Bob’s Hollow to Conto’s Campground and been maintaining it for the past five years.
“It’s always great to get out on the Track at this time of year following the rains, everything is so green and we begin to see all the wildflowers starting to bloom’, says Cape to Cape Explorer Tours’ Senior Guide and resident ecologist Drew McKenzie.
“Regular track maintenance is important, particularly in the spring, as it keeps the path clear of spiky over growth and stray offshoots.”
Anyone interested in volunteering their time to assist on the Track is encouraged to call Cape to Cape Explorer Tours on 0459 452 038 to register. Appropriate meeting places will be given upon registration and participants will need to bring water, enclosed footwear and wet weather gear, just in case we get a few showers. There will be a BBQ lunch provided to celebrate at the end of the session.