Cape to Cape Track – Best Cape to Cape Tours and Day Walks

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Nikki King

12/09/2019

The Cape to Cape Track in Margaret River is Australia’s best long distance coastal trek, and we would go as far as to call it the best walk in Australia.

Now an admission… Walk into Luxury offers private walking tours and small group Cape to Cape tours, so yes we may be biased.  But it is a truly beautiful part of the West Coast taking in much of the bio-diverse Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in the Margaret River wine region, about 3 hours south of Perth.  The track runs approximately 125 km from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin through the Margaret River wine region. As one of the few local walking tour operators on the Cape to Cape Track, we want to share our tips to help you discover the best of our beautiful Cape to Cape. Whether that’s one of our luxury Cape to Cape Tours, or going your own way on a day walk or end to end hike on the Cape to Cape, we hope this helps you plan your Cape to Cape adventure!

  • Best Cape to Cape Day Walk (Guided) – Walk into Luxury’s 1 day Cape to Cape Walk (our Luxury Taster) is the ultimate half day experience on the Cape to Cape Track paired with an award-winning four course winery lunch at Wills Domain and other luxury perks. All this plus your own private guide and private driver means you walk at your own pace.
  • Best Cape to Cape Day Walks (Self-Guided) – If you are planning your own self-guided Cape to Cape Walk, and only have a day to spare, our pick for the best section of the track to walk is Redgate Beach to Boranup Forest. The reason being this 15 km section of the Cape to Cape takes in pristine white sand beaches, limestone cave and clifftops, and finishes in the majestic karri forest. It is a beautiful snap-shot of the best of the Cape to Cape. Another great option is Cape Naturaliste lighthouse to Yallingup (14 km – allow 6 hours) – finish at historic Caves House for a post-walk beverage in the beer garden – or if you have energy continue 3 kms more to finish at Smiths Beach Resort. This offers luxury self-contained accommodation opposite one of the region’s best beaches.
  • Best Cape to Cape Guided Tours (Small-group tour) – the 4 day Cape to Cape small group walk is our most popular guided Cape to Cape tour. This tour is a recognised Great Walk of Australia, is Advanced Ecotourism Certified, and is delivered by an award-winning team (with Walk into Luxury recently taking out Best Tour Operator at the WA Tourism Awards). Over 4 days you’ll experience the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track combined with winery lunch, private chef dinner, local food and wine and generally the best that Margaret River has to offer.  Your luxury accommodation just off the Cape to Cape Track with ocean views is another bonus!
  • Best Cape to Cape Walk (self-guided, but with full support) – if you want your Cape to Cape walking tour to be arranged by us, but you want the freedom to walk self-guided, our 6 day Cape to Cape Walk is just the ticket. This is still a luxury walking tour on the Cape to Cape with everything included, but you are on your own on the track to just enjoy the beautiful surrounds.  Learn more about this self-guided Cape to Cape walking tour.
  • Independent Cape to Cape Walk itineraries – If you’d like to walk the Cape to Cape self-guided and carrying all your gear, there are a couple of considerations. You can hike north to south (from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin) or south to north. Depending on the time of year the wind direction may play a factor in your decision.  Transportation options and location of campsites and accommodation are also relevant depending on how far you want to walk each day and whether you want to start with shorter days and work up to longer days on the Cape to Cape Track. Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup or Injidup is a very achievable first day on the walk and allows you to warm up slowly.  If you start at Cape Leeuwin you tackle a more remote and challenging first day on the track – Deepdene Beach is notorious for its 6 km of beach walking.  There are four recommended campsites on the Cape to Cape Track itself – these are fairly basic bush sites with the exception of Contos campground which is slightly larger and has toilet and camp kitchen facilities.  There are also caravan parks at Yallingup, Gracetown, Prevelly (near Margaret River) and Hamelin Bay which are all good options.   Accommodation is hotels, bed and breakfasts, chalets and Air BnBs are all available too, though some will require a kilometre or two detour off the trail to reach.   Whatever your accommodation the beauty of the Cape to Cape Walk will leave you inspired to get out of bed or your swag each morning. To help plan your self-guided Cape to Cape Walk there are great resources through Friends of the Cape to Cape Track – www.capetocapetrack.com.au.

We hope your Cape to Cape Walk is the best tour you’ll ever take, whether self-guided or on a guided tour.  If any of our Cape to Cape Walking Tours take your fancy, please get in touch – info@walkintoluxury.com.au.

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