The Cape to Cape Track

In the far southwest corner of Western Australia, a broad peninsula projects into the Indian Ocean – ancient, wild and stunning. 

Running north to south along its edge is the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park: the setting of the 124km Cape to Cape Track and backdrop to the Margaret River region.

“Explore the true nature of the Margaret River region”

About the Track

The Cape to Cape Track stretches between lighthouses at Cape Naturaliste in the north and Cape Leeuwin in the south, where the Indian meets the Southern Ocean.

It meanders through towering forests. Dreamy white-sand beaches. Six hundred million-year-old granite cliffs and marbles. And scenic coastal paths lined with the region’s iconic orchids and wildflowers. You’ll spy humpback whales leaping and surfers riding giant waves.

The Track is also home to an incredibly rich diversity of wildlife, with a fascinating indigenous and European history.

Location

A three-hour drive south of the Western Australian capital, Perth, lies the famous wine, food and surf region of Margaret River.

It’s renowned for stunning scenery, world-class beaches, gourmet food and fine wines.

And it’s also home of the Cape to Cape Track – one of the nation’s best the multi-day hiking trails through a recognised global biodiversity hotspot.

When to hike

Hikers visit year-round, but spring is one of the most popular seasons. From September-December, stunning wildflowers bloom and whales frolic at sea.

Autumn is also a magical time to hike. From March-May, sunny skies, light winds and beautiful mild temperatures make walking the Track a dream.

Tackling the Cape to Cape Track requires a moderate level of fitness.

Why Hike with us

The Track is free to access and open to everyone. It’s possible to hike the trail unassisted, camping at designated areas and carrying food, water and a tent. But the terrain includes soft sand sections and beach crossings, making this a difficult proposition. 

With Cape to Cape Explorer Tours, experience the Track carrying just a day pack, with comfortable accommodation, catering, transfers and logistics taken care of. Choose from guided or self-guided experiences from 3 to 8 days. Or get a taste of the Track on a private day tour with our expert guides.

Fauna on the Track

Birdlife is plentiful thanks to the abundance of heathland and forest on the Track. Colourful residents include splendid and red-winged wrens, scarlet, white-breasted and yellow robins,  golden whistlers, New Holland honeyeaters and spinebills.  Spectacular birds of prey are often seen soaring over the cliffs while shore birds inhabit the rocks and beaches.

Numerous reptiles including colourful bobtail lizards and curious heath monitors can be seen, while mammals like the southern brown bandicoot, quenda, ring-tailed possums and western grey kangaroo also call the Track home.

Most of the 124km Track hugs the coastline, which is protected by the Ngari Capes Marine Park. It’s where pods of frolicking dolphins and majestic humpback and southern right whales can be spied. Oh, and don’t miss the friendly stingrays at Hamelin Bay! 

Flora on the Track

One of the wonders of walking the Cape to Cape Track is the variety and diversity of vegetation, from coastal heathland and inland loops through woodland and forest. The region of Western Australia’s southwest including the Cape to Cape Track is recognised by Conservation International as one of less than 40 global biodiversity hotspots. To quality, one of the criteria is having at least 1500 endemic species found nowhere else on the planet. This region has more than 3500!

During spring the landscape erupts in a sea of colour, with carpets of wildflowers from yellow through to pink and purple. You’ll see pink pimelea, bright buttercups and shark’s tooth acacia, interspersed with woody species such as the Rottnest tea-tree, peppermint trees and groves of fruiting quandong. 

The southern span of the Track is home to the stunning karri hardwoods in Boranup Forest – among the tallest flowering trees in the world. Don’t leave without hugging one! Many species of rare orchids can be found beneath the forest canopy, while other types grow among granite outcrops.  

Flora on the Track

One of the wonders of walking the Cape to Cape Track is the variety and diversity of vegetation, from coastal heathland and inland loops through woodland and forest. The region of Western Australia’s southwest including the Cape to Cape Track is recognised by Conservation International as one of less than 40 global biodiversity hotspots. To quality, one of the criteria is having at least 1500 endemic species found nowhere else on the planet. This region has more than 3500!

During spring the landscape erupts in a sea of colour, with carpets of wildflowers from yellow through to pink and purple. You’ll see pink pimelea, bright buttercups and shark’s tooth acacia, interspersed with woody species such as the Rottnest tea-tree, peppermint trees and groves of fruiting quandong. 

The southern span of the Track is home to the stunning karri hardwoods in Boranup Forest – among the tallest flowering trees in the world. Don’t leave without hugging one! Many species of rare orchids can be found beneath the forest canopy, while other types grow among granite outcrops.  

Terrain on the Track

The Cape to Cape Track is an exhilarating trek open to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. We’ve had clients from 12 to 87 hike with us! But it is also a challenging walk at times due to the diversity and nature of the terrain. The experience ranges from extended soft sand beach walks, through to steep (but short) climbs over loose limestone. It involves long, extended hikes that will challenge even the fittest in the group. As such, pre-trip preparation is strongly recommended to make the trip enjoyable and to reduce the risk of injury!

The distances you walk vary on which tour you choose from our range of guidedself-guided and day tours. Some are just a few hours long and designed for all levels of fitness. Others are 20-30km a day. 

Sophie P
Sophie P
20/12/2023
Incredible experience - just do it Everything about my experience with Cape to Cape Explorers was absolutely incredible. Everyone I met was so friendly, generous with their time and local knowledge and went above and beyond to make sure I had an amazing time. Surfpoint resort is really comfortable (cosy and comfortable tent, clean hot showers, clean and very well equipped kitchen) and has a great atmosphere - it felt like home immediately. The food was plentiful and really delicious. Everyone who gave me a lift was really interesting to chat to and went to a lot of trouble to accommodate you in the collections and drop offs. The track itself is absolutely stunning and far exceeded my expectations. I was originally thinking about doing the hike myself without support but I'm really pleased I went with Cape to Cape Explorers because there are very few shops/cafes/water supplies enroute and it would be hard work hiking on sand with a big pack. If you are on the fence just do it. I finished today and would start again tomorrow if I could!
Martin Mansfield
Martin Mansfield
12/12/2023
A truly outstanding walk with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours The whole experience was amazing. Everything was so well organised and ran so smoothly: the efficient transport, the very comfortable accommodation, the really yummy food, etc, right down to organising a little birthday celebration for me. And the staff were all so friendly and welcoming. The various guides led us superbly each day, with great enthusiasm, knowledge and concern for our wellbeing. And the walk itself is absolutely amazing: so much wildlife, beautiful flora, magical beaches with a range of blue and green colours of the water, and the never-ending stunning views - wow! I could not recommend Cape to Cape Explorer Tours more highly - they were simply outstanding.
Andrew M
Andrew M
05/12/2023
So so good! My wife and I did the 5 day self-guided highlights trek. Put simply, it was awesome! We are still buzzing.
Roy B
Roy B
02/12/2023
Another fantastic tour with CCET Don't book with any other company - these guys are the best! This is my second trip with them and I have done a trip with another company. I met a great bunch of people when I did the Cape to Cape with CCET 2 years ago and the group I met have continued to be walking buddies. We decided to do the Walpole Wilderness Tour and once again, it was superb. Colin and Cath were great guides - so professional, organised and knowledgeable and like all the CCET guides, their knowledge comes from being local and having real love and care for the environment. In these days of poor customer service, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours shine like a beacon for caring about their customers be that food, accommodation, advice or whatever. They are brilliant and I will be using them again.
PhilGordon74
PhilGordon74
29/11/2023
The best company to use to do the Cape to Cape The best way to do the Cape to Cape track. All meals are provided and are healthy and delicious. You walk with a different guide each day who shares knowledge of either fauna, flora, geology, history, etc, with you as you walk. If you are reasonably fit, you will complete the hike successfully. We had 13 in our group, and 6 of us did the whole walk. Go in spring so you can see the incredible wild flowers and watch whales playing off shore. I can not say enough about how stunning the scenery is on the Cape to Cape. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can stay in a tent, room, or ensuite. I had the tent, and it was great. Spacious and comfortable. Shared kitchen in the resort, so pick your times to eat breakfast. Loads of food. You won't go hungry. I really enjoyed my walking week. A highlight of my life so far.
Sue B
Sue B
26/11/2023
Beautiful Cape Hike Really well organised. Stunning scenery every moment of the trail. The beaches were empty and breathtaking. Learnt loads about the geology, flora, fauna, marine life and most importantly that of the indigenous people. And food was plentiful & amazing
Jennie H
Jennie H
22/11/2023
What are you waiting for????‍♀️????????‍♀️???? ???????? Bravo to the whole team @ Cape to Cape Explorers ???????? This was by far my most exhilarating, rewarding, spiritual, therapeutic & enjoyable life experience to date. I was blessed to meet lovely people & left with new friends. The itinerary, accommodation, staff, food, scenery was all beyond my expectations. Don't hesitate at all about doing this stunning, amazing experience, get on & do it, you will not be dissapointed. I left this experience with far more than I could've imagined, it was honestly life changing for me. Thankyou & bless you all, you will see me again for sure????❤️
Emily H
Emily H
18/11/2023
Amazing cape to cape Did the 4 day highlights tour and omg it was amazing. So well organised, beautiful accommodation, easy with transfers to and from the track and the food was so great! Gene was really great too answering all my questions before the trip. Absolutely loved it thanks to the Explorer Tours team
Louise T
Louise T
13/11/2023
Definitely one for the bucket list! Could not fault anything about Cape to Cape Explorer Tours! The team do a fantastic job with food, lifts, accommodation and those little personal touches. The guides were amazing....so passionate, friendly and informative. One of the best experiences.
Jenni E
Jenni E
12/11/2023
Amazing Amazing guides, great food, amazing scenery, just an awesome walk all round. Cape to Cape Explorer tours are amazing.

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Office and postal address: 1/24 Auger Way West, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285