Cape to Cape Explorer Tours is stoked to feature in this informative article, ‘Your Complete Guided to the Cape to Cape Track’, published by Trails WA. Read on for the full story:
The Cape to Cape Track stretches for 124-kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of Western Australia. It features spectacular coastal and forest scenery, a fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers.
Designed to bring people in close contact with the environment, the track mainly follows the coast, alternating spectacular sweeping cliff-top views with stretches of pristine beach. There are several inland loops, which take in some lovely, sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent karri trees of the Boranup Forest.
There are easy sections, which make excellent half-day and day walks, while some of the wilder parts are rugged and hard going. To tackle the whole walk is a great challenge – usually 5 to 7 days, but multiple access points along the coast allow the track to be completed easily in smaller segments.
How to get here
Fly directly into the region with Jetstar Australia flights from Melbourne to Busselton-Margaret River Airport and hire a car from the airport or arrange an airport transfer, or fly into Perth and arrange a transfer or hire a car to drive 2.5 hours south to Busselton.
Busselton is a vibrant beach town and the beginning of the famed Margaret River Region. While here, be sure to check out the Busselton Jetty, the longest timber-piled jetty stretching out 1.841 kilometres out to sea. Either take the solar-powered electric jetty train, or walk to the end of the jetty and witness the vibrant sea life at the Underwater Observatory, before returning and trying a Trail Pale (limited edition) at Shelter Brewing Co. and a hearty lunch to prepare yourself for the trail ahead.
How to hike the Cape to Cape Track
Options for hiking the Cape to Cape Track vary, depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for. See the low-down below.
Fully Guided Tours
There are all-inclusive fully guided tours of the entire track which will ensure you don’t miss a thing.
Walk the full 124 kilometres over 8 days with the passionate guides from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours by your side, with delicious catering using the best local ingredients, accommodation transfers and logistics included – carrying only a day pack each day. Cape to Cape Explorer Tours offer their packages with a choice of glamping, 3.5-star Surfpoint Resort or 4-star resort accommodation options to suit every traveller.
Adventure company Off The Beaten Track WA also offer a range of fully guided end-to-end tours, paired with resort accommodation or a camping experience.
Semi-Guided tours include those with shorter itineraries and other experiences as part of the package.
For a luxurious experience of the Cape to Cape, Walk Into Luxury has a signature 4-day Cape to Cape Walk that combines guided walking on the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track with luxury accommodation and food.
Cape to Cape Explorer Tours and Off The Beaten Track WA also offer a range of shorter highlights tour packages for those who want the freedom to explore the region when not on the trail.
Expert tour guide company Margaret River Discovery Co. offers exclusive behind the scenes tours of the Margaret River Region, including canoeing the actual Margaret River, visiting a spectacular winery and walking the section of the Cape to Cape near Wilyabrup Cliffs.
For those looking to do a self-guided journey, there are options for transport to and from sections of the track to complete it end-to-end in 5, 6, or 7 days, or experience shorter highlights in 3, 4, or 5 days. For track transfers, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours are well versed in the best entry and exit points and can provide advice to help you plan and facilitate shuttles for your trip. They also offer transfers from Perth and Busselton-Margaret River airport. Private drivers and transport services are also available for those who want to find their way around the region’s wineries, breweries and attractions when off the track. Try South West Luxury, MyDriver or McLeod’s Tours.