Winter Walking on the Cape to Cape
Wan Ting and Wan Kee Choc two young girls from Singapore decided they would like to walk the Cape to Cape Track in Winter. They contacted us to see if this was possible and we advised we could assist in any way that was required. They really wanted to be independent and walk the track self guided. We told them we could take care of their accommodation, bookings and track transfers, secure them with maps, guidebook and our own custom track notes, as well as provide exceptional local catering. We also offered to provide them with up-to-date weather and Track conditions, and assured them we would be on call every day to extract them, if needed, from the Cape to Cape Track.
Well, they arrived keen and ready to go in arguably one of the roughest weeks of winter experienced in the Margaret River region. The forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology was that a strong cold front was going to move through SW WA. The weather did eventuate with the strongest gusts of 113 km/h recorded at Cape Leeuwin. Heaviest rain recorded in a few hours on one of the days was 28 mm. Squally conditions and gale force winds continued in the wake of a strong cold front with a Severe Weather Warning issued.
We expected the girls to pull out early on some of the worst days when they faced 100km/hr winds and hailstorms but we didn’t get any call to come and save them. Sure enough they arrived safely every day at the agreed pick up point and to our amazement they completed the whole 135kms, with a smile on their faces!
On the final day after collecting them from Cape Leeuwin we asked them about their experience and these were some of their comments –
“A good experience, The highlight of the week was the hailstorms! The rain and the wind was crazy. Oh my God we have to finish!. From the carpark to the lighthouse we ran. We love the cold, in Singapore we don’t get cold. Every part of the track is amazing! Every bit is amazing in its own way, every turn is different, every beach is different.”
“We would definitely do the track again without a doubt, but minus the strong winds, rain and hail!”
The girls were on one of our 7 Day self-guided experiences. If you would like to enjoy the Cape to Cape Track – minus the hail – read more about our supported self-guided experiences below.
7 DAY END TO END SELF GUIDED TOUR
- 3 nights of accommodation at the beautifully located Chandlers Smiths Beach Villas.
- 4 nights of accommodation in the coastal hamlet of Gnarabup at 4-Star Margarets Beach Resort.
- Well-stocked breakfast supplies, including produce from some of Margaret River’s artisan food producers.
- 4 Gourmet Dinners from some of Margaret River’s best gourmet food pantries, the other 3 nights you are located less than 200m from either ‘Lamonts and The Common, some the Region’s best restaurants.
- 7 x Gourmet rolls or wraps for lunch each day.
- Face-to-face welcome session: Introduction to the Capes Region with the local Track Specialists, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours, to learn about the unique geology, flora and fauna. Enjoy this insightful induction at the head of the track, and feel safe in the knowledge that you have all of the information you need to be prepared.
- All vehicle transfers between your accommodation and the Cape to Cape Track. You will meet local expert drivers from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours who can provide insights into weather and track conditions, as well as helping identify local plants and animals you may come across.
- Not only are you provided with a state-of-the-art satellite communication device, you are also given a safety induction outlining local safety hazards and precautions, and can walk reassured that Cape to Cape Explorer Tours is on call to coordinate any safety or emergency help required.