Day 1 – Cape to Cape Track, Smiths Beach to Wyadup
Departing from Perth, we head south to the Cape to Cape Track. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the picturesque seaside town of Yallingup before we start our short but spectacular walk.
There are a few rocky and hilly challenges early on but the deeply dissected red granite boulders and the turquoise oceans beyond are worth the effort. After a full day, we head to our accommodation in Margaret River.
Note: As we walk on the first afternoon, you will need to wear your walking clothes on the bus and have your day pack (water, camera etc) ready to go.
Day 2 – Cape to Cape Track, Moses Rock to Gracetown
Today’s 16 km walk on the Cape to Cape Track is relatively easy. Walk along cliff-tops, with sweeping views along the coast; descend onto splendid beaches, and watch the world-class surf rolling in. Get up close and personal with the massive red granite outcrops and boulders that typify the Western Australian coastline.
The day’s walk finishes in Gracetown – where the sheltered bay is perfect for a refreshing swim to rejuvenate those tired muscles.
Day 3 – Cape to Cape Track, Redgate Beach to Boranup Forest
Today is our final day on the Cape to Cape Track and it’s certainly a highlight! On today’s 14 kilometre walk you will enjoy the fascinating Bob’s Hollow, breathtaking cliff-top views of the coast near Cape Freycinet, and a walk through the cool and peaceful Boranup karri forest.
This afternoon we’ll visit one of the many excellent Margaret River wineries for a tasting or two.
Day 4 – Bibbulmun Track, Pemberton
It’s time to say goodbye to the Margaret River Region and head to Walpole for the next stage of our south west adventure.
On the way to Walpole, we’ll stop in at Pemberton and have a 7 km walk in the heart of the forest. Brave souls can climb the rungs of the 72 metre high Gloucester Tree for a view over the forest canopy.
Day 5 – boat cruise and Bibbulmun Track walk, Walpole
Take an early morning wander through town or have a sleep-in before we head out at 10 am to join a WOW Wilderness Eco-cruise on the beautiful Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. This excellent guided cruise will give you a fascinating (and often hilarious) insight into the local history and ecology of the area.
After lunch, enjoy a great 10 kilometre walk on the Bibbulmun Track west of Walpole. You’ll start at the Giant Tingle Tree and head down through the forest, to emerge beside the inlet. From there it’s an easy walk right into our accommodation.
Day 6 – Bibbulmun Track, Conspicuous Cliffs to Peaceful Bay
Today we experience another fabulous 16 kilometre section of the Bibbulmun Track. Starting from Conspicuous Beach we first ascend to the Rame Head Campsite, enjoying the exercise and the spectacular coastal and inland views.
Thereafter it’s an easy walk through inland heath back to the coast and a lovely walk, with great coastal views, around the coast and into Peaceful Bay. If the weather is nice we’ll have a refreshing swim at Peaceful Bay before heading back to our accommodation in Walpole.
Day 7 – Bibbulmun Track, Mt Hallowell to Greens Pool
We start our 13 kilometre walk with an ascent up and over Mt Hallowell, with amazing boulder formations and spectacular views over the Denmark area and coast. We pass through Lights Beach and then on to Tower Hill where we encounter some amazing granite boulders.
We’ll finish at the delightful pools and rock formations at Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks where you can take a swim in the cold but sheltered waters.
Day 8 – Bald Head walk
15 km return
This is a challenging but spectacular return walk along a Flinders Peninsular to the eastern-most point of Torndirrup National Park. It offers outstanding views, with King George Sound on one side and the Southern Ocean on the other.
Note: If the weather is very rough we will complete a more protected section of the Bibbulmun Track instead as this walk is very exposed and should not be done in stormy weather.
Day 9 – Return to Perth plus short Jarrah forest walk
With a heavy heart we will leave the southern coast this morning and head north back towards Perth. Early October in the south west means wildflowers so we will stop for a short walk in the jarrah forests near Perth as we make our way back to the city. Jarrah forests are renowned for their diversity of wildflowers. Depending on the energy of group, we might take an easy stroll or if we are more energetic we climb to the summit of Mt Vincent (approx 2 hrs return). After our walk, we will continue on to the city arriving at around 5pm.