Cape to Cape 5 Day Walking Tour

Combine some beautiful and easy guided walks on the Cape to Cape track, with wineries, caves and galleries. $1,590pp ex Perth – 5 Days, moderate terrain, 52km

Our 5 day Cape to Cape walking tour combines walking the very best sections of the Cape to Cape Track track as well as some sight seeing in the Margaret River region. Each day we will walk one of our favourite sections of the trail and then spend the afternoon visiting the various sights.

Gain an excellent feel for the Cape to Cape Track and the extraordinary variation of scenery through which it passes – without having to walk its entire 135 km length. White sand beaches, turquoise waters, the dappled shade of the Boranup Karri Forest, cliff top vistas, and the rust red granite headlands that punctuate the coastline are yours to explore over four excellent days of walking on the Cape to Cape Track.

To make your visit to the Margaret River region complete, the itinerary also includes a visit to Jewel Cave, one of over one hundred limestone caves in the area, wine tastings, the Augusta lighthouse, a visit to a local art gallery and a whole lot more.

Cape to Cape 5 day walking tour at a glance:

  • You’ll walk 7 km on day one, 9km on day two, 16 km on day three, 12 km on day Four, and 8 km on day Five.
  • All meals and snacks are provided
  • Entry to Jewell Cave and lunch at a winery are included.
  • Twin share or double ensuite rooms in Margaret River (single supplement is available)
  • All transport is included (depart from Perth and Fremantle)
  • 1-2 Inspiration Outdoors guides, depending on group size
  • $1,590pp twin share, or $1,870 for a single room.

Private Cape to Cape Track highlights tours can be arranged for groups of 4 or more (price may be adjusted). Contact us to discuss.

Tour Length:
5 Days
Distance walked:
3 – 16 kms
Difficulty:
Easy/Moderate; See FAQ
Dates:
10 – 14. Sep 2018
10 – 14. Oct 2018
22 – 26. Oct 2018
10 – 14. Sep 2019
3 – 7. Oct 2019
22 – 26. Oct 2019
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Highlights of this walk

We’ve picked out four excellent walks to give you a feel for the wonderful and varied Cape to Cape Track. Your stay in the Margaret River Region is made complete with a visit to Jewel Cave as well as the opportunity to visit and indulge in some of the local wineries.

Walking Tour Itinerary

All walks are between 3 and 16 kilometres and some walks include beach walking, hills or rocky terrain. A moderate level of fitness is required and some training before your holiday will make the experience all the more enjoyable. A guide will accompany you each day.
Day 1 - Drive from Perth, walk around Cape Naturaliste

Day 1 – Drive from Perth, walk around Cape Naturaliste

7 km
We leave the big smoke behind and head ‘down south’, departing Perth at 8.30 am. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before we start our first 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 for a wine before dinner.
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 - Yallingup to Injidup

Day 2 – Yallingup to Injidup

9 km

Walking out of the stunning surfing village of Yallingup, this is one of the most beautiful sections of track.

There is definitely some challenge to the walking, with some rocks and a beach stretch, however the distance is fairly easy.

Given the earlier finish, we will have time to visit some local wineries in the afternoon, as well as a look around the town of Margaret River.

Day 3 - Moses Rock to Gracetown

Day 3 – Moses Rock to Gracetown

16 km
A fairly full day of easy going walking today.  There are a few hills and some sandy patches but the terrain is generally fairly easy. The magnificent sweeping views of the coast from cliff-top vantage points, the towering red rocks of Willyabrup, as well as some ‘gnarly’ surf breaks will have you enchanted all day.
We’ll finish in the small township of Gracetown where you might enjoy a refreshing swim in the sheltered bay.  After the walk, we will head to a local botanical artist gallery to view her stunning studio and “Chapel of Flowers”.

Day 4 - Redgate Beach to Contos or Boranup Forest

Day 4 – Redgate Beach to Contos or Boranup Forest

12 km
We’ll start with a short beach walk along the beautiful Redgate Beach before we make our way to Bob’s Hollow, where we can explore the awesome limestone crags and caverns. Climbing out of Bobs Hollow brings us to the clifftops above Contos Beach and Cape Freycinet. Here the Cape to Cape weaves through thick coastal vegetation and delivers some spectacular coastal views over the turquoise waters below.
The afternoon will be into the beautiful Karri forest. A wonderful experience to finish the day.

Day 5 - Walk into Cape Leeuwin, rtn to Perth

Day 5 – Walk into Cape Leeuwin, rtn to Perth

8km
Our final walk for the tour, is the 8km walk into Cape Leeuwin, where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. It is a very pretty area and is a lovely way to finish your Cape to Cape experience.

After lunch in Augusta, we board the bus one last time for the drive back to Perth where we should arrive by about 5 pm.

Note: Times are estimates only. The itinerary may be altered depending on local conditions and weather.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc. See the PDF file for printing

Accommodation

We spend four nights staying at the Break in Prevelly, which is a beach suburb about 10 minutes drive from the Margaret River township. The Break has a number of modern, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouses and we take as many as we need to accommodate the group. One of the houses is set up as “the main house” where we share meals.

One of the rooms in each town house has an ensuite bathroom.

What to bring

  • Day-pack one with a waist strap is best to help distribute the weight from your shoulders. A waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in is a good idea too.
  • Shorts/long pants and shirts for walking as many sets as you wish!
  • Socks whichever thickness you’re comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like.
  • Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well)
  • Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking
  • Waterproof jacket and (possibly) pants*
  • Sun hat preferably wide brimmed with chin strap
  • Sun glasses the holders made of wetsuit-type material are excellent to attach to your glasses so you don’t lose them
  • Torch/headlamp (just in case)
  • Any preferred first aid supplies such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit)
  • Water bottle/s 2 litre capacity
  • A lunch container (with freezer brick if desired)

Optional items

  • Snacks
  • Fly net (for trips in early summer)
  • Camera and charger
  • Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you are wearing long pants and long socks
  • Robust sandals for wading/beach sections
  • Bathers and towel
  • Small towel to carry during the day
  • Walking poles

*You have to expect some bad weather at any time of the year down here so bring we weather gear even if the forecast is fine.

Food

With the exception of lunch on the last day, all meals are provided. Breakfast will comprise cereal, fruit, yoghurt and toast. Lunch will sometimes be self-made from supplied breads, salads and meats; at other times the bus will bring us a picnic lunch. Dinner will be a two course home-prepared meal. Please let us know of any dietary requirements. Assistance is appreciated with clearing away and washing up. Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and home-made cakes or biscuits for your morning tea. Fruit is also available. If you need additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, chocolate etc you will need to supply those. Each evening we offer pre dinner nibbles with the opportunity to taste some local wines and food throughout the week. There will be time for you to purchase your own alcohol and supplies during the week.

Transport

Transport is via an air conditioned 12-15 seat mini bus. The bus will take us down from Perth and back and transport us to and from the track and various attractions each day. As the transport from Perth is provided at no additional charge, discounts cannot be offered if walkers choose to find their own way to Margaret River.

This walk includes

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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Fresh healthy lunches

Sometimes you’ll pack a roll or sandwich and sometimes we’ll deliver a picnic lunch to the track – either way, lunches are fresh and yummy.

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Healthy breakfasts

Includes cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast, juice, a selection of teas and coffee.

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Home made morning tea each day

Enjoy a slice of home-baked cake and a hot cuppa each morning on the track – we’ll even carry the thermos for you!

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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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We’ll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don’t have to worry about a thing

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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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

Emily and Adam’s encouragement and sense of humour made the challenging bits of the walk manageable and fun. They fostered a sense of a community amongst the group from the outset. Their knowledge of the local plants, landscape and history made the walk all the more inspiring. They planned and cooked delicious meals.

Jane Whiteley, Cape to Cape, 2014

Pricing

AUD $1,590 per person

Secure your place with a $350 deposit.

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Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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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.

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