Cape to Cape Track Walking Tour

One of Australia’s best walking trails! Walking its entire length is a great achievement, and the only way to see the beautiful Margaret River coastline.
$2,300pp – 8 Days, moderate terrain, 135km

We make an end to end walk on Western Australia’s iconic Cape to Cape Track achievable and enjoyable on this 8 day tour with 7 days of walking. You’re never far from the famous Margaret River coastline on this walk – taking in cliff-top vistas, white sand beaches and clean ocean air. Carry only a day pack as you enjoy the amazing sights of one of Australia’s greatest multi-day walks.

By walking the 135 km Cape to Cape Track as a series of day walks in graded stages, people with a moderate level of fitness can complete the walk. Preparation will make the experience all the more enjoyable. Excellent home made food, comfortable lodge style accommodation and knowledgeable guides will complement your trip.

Join us on a Cape to Cape Track end to end tour this year and tick this amazing walk off your bucket list. It’s a challenging but achievable walk which you’ll look back on with a great sense of satisfaction.

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Tour Length:
8 Days, starts and finishes in Perth
Distance walked:
135 km for a full end to end. On some days you can choose to walk half days.
Difficulty:
Moderate to Challenging.; See FAQ
Dates:
3 – 10. Sep 2016
11 – 18. Sep 2016
24. Sep – 1. Oct 2016
2 – 9. Oct 2016
10 – 17. Oct 2016
22 – 29. Oct 2016
11 – 18. Mar 2017
12 – 19. Apr 2017
29. Apr – 6. May 2017
10 – 17. Sep 2017
18 – 25. Sep 2017
26. Sep – 3. Oct 2017
4 – 11. Oct 2017
12 – 19. Oct 2017
20 – 27. Oct 2017
28. Oct – 4. Nov 2017

Highlights of this walk

Complete one of the world’s great coastal walks with Inspiration Outdoors – eight-day tour with seven days of walking. The Cape to Cape Track meanders 135 km between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, sometimes along the beach, sometimes along cliff-tops, but nearly always with a view of the wonderful Margaret River coastline.

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you each day as you walk between 14 and 25 km. There is no such thing as an easy day on the Cape to Cape; but, with a moderate level of fitness, they are all enjoyable! There are some steep sections, and beach walking can be challenging, so we recommend training. Each day we will resume the walk from where we finished the previous day. Please note that on some days there are options to walk half a day; and you are always welcome to take a day off. We will try to help you find suitable alternative activities if you desire. The itinerary may alter depending on local conditions and weather.

Day 1: Drive from Perth, walk Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup

Day 1: Drive from Perth, walk Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup

14 km

Departing from Perth at 8am, we reach Cape Naturaliste by lunch time. Enjoy the first of many fresh picnic lunches for the week on the lawn at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and get to know your companions for the week.

The walk today is relatively easy with mostly cliff-top and some beach walking. Keep an eye out for dolphins!

Note, as we walk on the first afternoon, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and bring your day pack ready to go. After our walk the bus will meet us at Yallingup and then we will drive to Margaret River.

Day 2: Yallingup to Moses Rock

Day 2: Yallingup to Moses Rock

18 km

Some beach walking in the morning, and superb coastal views all day. The red granite boulders, white sand beaches and turquoise waters can be gobsmackingly beautiful.

We’ll have lunch at the surfing Mecca, Injidup, visit Quinninup Falls and finish with ocean views at Moses Rock.

Day 3: Moses Rock to Gracetown

Day 3: Moses Rock to Gracetown

16 km

This is a great day, and relatively easy – although there are a few hills and some sandy patches. The magnificent sweeping views of the coast from cliff-top vantage points, and the towering red rocks of Willyabrup are two of many highlights.

If the weather’s nice, you might enjoy a refreshing swim in the sheltered bay at Gracetown. Or just soak those feet as you reflect on another great day on the Cape to Cape.

Day 4: Gracetown to Margaret River mouth

Day 4: Gracetown to Margaret River mouth

18 km

It’s fairly easy walking among coastal heath to Ellensbrook historic homestead, where you can enjoy morning tea and explore the grounds. The track then takes an inland route, which gives us a good appreciation of the landscape away from the ocean for a while.

After lunch we’re back on the coast, and a very pleasant beach walk takes us to Cape Mentelle. We finish the day at the Margaret River mouth – a good place for a swim if it’s warm.

Day 5: River mouth to Boranup Forest

Day 5: River mouth to Boranup Forest

25 km

A very varied day today! We’ll head inland again to start with, and enjoy morning tea beside the Boodjidup Brook. A beach walk takes us to Redgate for lunch and then a spectacular stretch of cliff-top walking sees us reach shady Contos Campground by afternoon tea.

The final part of the day is through the cool peaceful forest on firm, easy tracks. It’s a wonderful end to a wonderful day. Despite the distance, today is not usually considered the most difficult.

Day 6: Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner

Day 6: Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner

21 km

This morning we continue through the karri forest before making our way down to the aqua-blue waters of Hamelin Bay. This 6 km beach stretch can be very enjoyable, with the right mindset. Enjoy the peace, the view and the moment as you walk into Hamelin Bay for a picnic lunch.

After lunch it’s a short but challenging hike up to the tiny Foul Bay Lighthouse, with sweeping views back along the coast. Then before you know it, you’ll reach the end of another beautiful day.

Day 7: Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin

Day 7: Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin

21 km

This can be an exciting last day, especially if it’s windy! Much of the walking is along a limestone ledge close to the sea, complete with blowholes!

There is a long beach stretch where you can daydream about all that you’ve achieved this week. After that we head inland, occasionally sighting the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, signalling the end of your walk. Your ‘end to end’ journey officially finishes at the Cape Leeuwin waterwheel but we’ll take a walk up to the lighthouse, if time permits. Tonight we will celebrate your wonderful achievement!

Day 8: Return to Perth

Day 8: Return to Perth

Enjoy a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast this morning before we drop you into Margaret River where you can enjoy a coffee, some shopping or a wander through the local farmers markets. Pick up some take-away lunch (own expense) before we head back to Perth, arriving by mid afternoon.

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Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

Accommodation is allocated on a double or twin share basis. If you are a solo traveller we will room you with another solo traveller of the same sex. Limited single supplements are available at an additional charge. Please ask for details and availability if interested.

We stay in one location for the duration of the tour.  This means that you can unpack your bags once and just relax for the week.

For the Cape to Cape Track, we stay at The Break, Margaret River Beach Houses in Prevelly. We spread out over a number of town houses (two to four depending on numbers). The town houses are modern, well appointed and close to the beach.

Each of the town houses has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the bathrooms in each of the houses is an ensuite, so after a day’s walk we encourage whoever is in the adjoining bedroom to share their shower so that everyone in your house can get showered before dinner. This hasn’t been a problem in the past and, apart from this minor detail, I’m sure you will find the accommodation perfect for our needs.

We will come together in one of the houses for breakfast, pre-dinner nibbles and dinner each day.

 

What to bring

We will send you a list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book, as well as some tips on how best to prepare. Please note you do not need to bring bath towels or linen. There is plenty of time to pick up extra supplies and alcohol during the week.

Food

All meals are included, with the exception of lunch on the last day, when you can pick up something in Margaret River on the way home.
Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, juice, tea and freshly brewed coffee.
Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and a home-made cake for your morning tea. Fruit is also available.
On some days lunch is self-made from fresh breads, salads and meats. On other days, where there is vehicle access to the track, the bus will bring us a tasty and nutritious picnic lunch.
Enjoy pre-dinner nibbles with fellow guests each evening while your guides prepare a delicious two course meal for dinner.
Feel free to bring alcohol and additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, nuts, chocolate etc. There will be time for you to purchase additional alcohol and supplies during the week.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book. We can happily adapt our menu to accommodate most dietary needs. Assistance is appreciated with clearing away and washing up.

Transport

An air-conditioned coaster bus will take us from Perth to the Margaret River Region and back; and to and from the track each day. As the transport from Perth is provided at no additional charge, discounts cannot be offered to those who choose to make their own way to Margaret River.

This walk includes

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All meals, homemade from the best ingredients

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious home-made morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two course dinners each day.

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All transport via air-conditioned bus, departing from and returning to Perth

Central pick-up points in Fremantle and Perth CBD. Transport each day to and from the track.

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Emergency support

Wilderness first aid trained guides carry radios, satellite phones and a full first aid kit so you can walk without worry.

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Modern accommodation at the Break in Margaret River

Modern townhouses close to the beach.  Have your own space as well as communal space to relax with fellow walkers.

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National Park entrance fees

About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and Emily bakes a mean cake. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Cape to Cape Tour FAQs

What is the accommodation like?

We use as couple of accommodation providers depending on availability and the size of the group. When we are sourcing accommodation for our tours we operate from strict guidelines. Good beds, great location, bathrooms close to bedrooms – these are all important however the number one factor we consider is balancing people’s need for private space whilst also having a communal space for socialising.

 

All linen and towels are provided.

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How hard is the Cape to Cape walk?

The challenge of the Cape to Cape is the distance, not the terrain. There are a few long beach sections, some rocks and a good amount of hills but most people do not find the terrain to be too difficult. As long as you don’t have any pre-existing injuries you will find that you get fitter as the week goes on rather than get more tired. For this reason we ease you in with easier days at the beginning and hold the more challenging days for later in the walk once your fitness has improved.

 

If you live a reasonably active lifestyle with regular walking and do not have any injuries, then with a bit of training this walk is achievable for you. If you would like to discuss your fitness level, the best thing to do is to give us a call on (08) 6219 5164.

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Why do you stay in one location? Does that mean we will be driving a lot?

The benefits of staying in one location far out weigh the benefits of moving. We find being able to unpack your bags once and get comfortable for the week is the way to go. Moving accommodation is no fun and it upsets the routine which you can otherwise develop staying in one place. The longest drive (on the second and last day) are only about 45 minutes and they are beautiful drives.

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I would prefer my own room. Do I have to twin share?

Yes. It is generally possible to secure you a room to yourself – it just depends on a few things. Best thing to do is let us know your preference and we can sort it out for you.

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I have a group of friends who would like to do a walking tour. Can you design one to suit our interests and schedule?

Yes, we would love to! Whether you want to walk the whole track or just a few days, we can design something just for you. The best thing to do is to give us a call on (08) 6219 5164.

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Can I drive my own car down to Margaret River?

Yes of course. We will arrange a time and a place to meet you on the first day of the tour. After the first day’s walk we will then go fetch your car.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea, and fresh healthy lunches, surrounded by nature. Finish each day with a delicious, nutritious dinner with the group.

What people have said

A well organised, sometimes challenging walk – stunning views, wildlife, flora/fauna, lead by well-informed guides. Excellent accommodation, great food and good company

Judy, Cape to Cape 2016

The Cape to Cape walk with Inspiration Outdoors was first class. Emily and Simon take the guess work out of everything. Their excellent organisational skills in planning and executing the trip are exceptional. All we had to do was walk. This is my second trip with this company and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to walk, enjoys the outdoors, appreciates good food and loves the stillness provided by the wonderful nature we are blessed with.
My only problem is deciding between which of their tours I should do next!
Denise De Pietro

Denise, Cape to Cape 2015

Pricing

AUD $2,300 per person (single supplement $400)

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Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 2 weeks: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.