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!

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…

 

Happy Walker Spreads Rays of Inspirational Light on Track

Terra Lalirra, depression awareness walker, joined us this week on a Camping End-to-Ender for sunset and caving as part of her journey around Oz.

Whilst Ms Lalirra says she hasn’t been walking long with ‘The Happy Walk’ starting on September 10th 2012, she has actually been long distance walking for her health for over a decade and will be walking for almost another decade in her plight to aid her cause.

“I am walking around Australia for 7 years for Lifeline and Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention,” she said. “I have walked around Tasmania and just begun walking from Perth to Melbourne which should take 8-15 months.”

The path has not always been a joyful one for this Happy Walker so creating awareness and raising money is close to her heart.

“I would like to raise one million dollars for Lifeline over a 7 year period but also as I walk I chat with people about their experiences and my experiences and hand out little cards to recognise depression.”

“(The best part of the trip) is the  natural surroundings I have walked through and the characters that I  meet. People pull over just anywhere on the side of the road, come and give me a big hug and share they own experiences with Lifeline  … it’s inspiring and keeps me going.”

“I get a lot of time to think and to experience my surroundings in every sense. I get to smell and taste and feel everything that drivers miss,” she said.

Gene Hardy, Managing Director of CCET, believes that long distant walking is beneficial for the soul and the mind.

“It’s interesting as some of our walkers say that long distance walking can have transformational effects like long term effects on your positive well being.

“It gives you time to reflect and relax and, if you are walking with your partner, catch up with them.”

Terra Lalirra uses walking as therapy to stay mentally healthy and hopes to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention.

If you would like to join us on a walk please contact us here… E: info@capetocapetours.com.au M:0459 452 038 or here for more info…

Sunset Track, Forest and Cave Explorer Tour or Camping End-to-Ender

If you would like to read about Ms Lalirra or help her on ‘The Happy Walk’ please go here… The Happy Walk

If you are feeling down and need some help please go here… Lifeline or call the crisis line 13 11 14.

Like Mother Like Daughter

This week Mercedes College students and their Mum’s joined us for three days of Cape to Cape Explorer Tour action.

The 68 participants were split into groups that rotated between diffrerent challenges over a three day program including Abseiling in Boranup Forest, Caving in Giants Cave, Kayaking in the Margaret River Estuary and Team Building Activities at Contos for the Cape to Cape Explorer Tours Challenge Loop Trail.

Although physically challenging it was also a lovely bonding experience for the women and their siblings.

Whilst they all worked together as a team in the groups it was interesting to watch the similiarity’s between the parents and their children.

“Each Mum and child seemed to approach the activities in similar manners,” said Gene Hardy

“All the activities are great for team building but also fantastic for the Mum’s to have an opportunity to experience with their teenage daughters and vice versa.”

“It was a highly successful camp and the ladies and girls were a pleasure to have on tour with us.”

Great Effort Mercedes College. See you again next year!

Cape to Cape Explore Tours offer special packages for schools (click here for more info) but are are also happy to customise tours to your needs.

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

Margaret River named by Trip Advisor as the #2 “Destination on the Rise”

Cape to Cape Explorer Tours are delighted to announce that Margaret River has been officially named by Trip Advisor, the world wide web’s premier travel information provider, as the #2 “Destination on the Rise” for the ENTIRE South Pacific, as voted by the 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards.

This award recognises Margaret River’s consistently high level of reviewer satisfaction and is a testimony to the quality of the Margaret River experience.

The Cape to Cape Track is one of the jewels in the Margaret River Region’s crown and was named by the Age as one of the Top 50 Australian Unforgettable Adventures – please see below;

To see the full list please visit: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-feature/best-of-australia-50-unforgettable-adventures-20120608-20048.html#Hikes

To learn more about Cape to Cape Explorer Tours end-to-end trips for 2014 please click here 

Please click here for the full list of destinations:

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice-DestinationsontheRise-cTop10-g8

To see more about the Margaret River region please see the official accounts for the region:

Facebook: Margaret River Wine Region;

https://www.facebook.com/MargaretRiverWineRegion

Twitter: @MargaretRiverAU and/or #margaretriver;

https://twitter.com/MargaretRiverAu