Australia – Cape To Cape Track
The Cape to Cape Track is a world class and longest coastal trek in Australia. Located in the far southwest edge of Western Australia, in the famous wine region of Margaret River, the trek meanders along the entire length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, covering a distance of 135km. Spanning from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste, it offers a vast variety of extraordinary landscapes - pristine white sandy beaches, rugged limestone sea cliffs, secluded coves, granite outcrops, hamlets and villages, peppermint tree woodlands and towering Karri forests - with close proximity to limestone caves and vineyards and an ever present azure blue sea views along the coast.
Being located in Margaret River, an area renowned for its excellent lodging, dining and wine! , our Cape to Cape Track not only offer the stunning and wild coastal landscapes, physical challenge, new friendships but also delicious and nourishing meals and trail snacks prepared from the finest and freshest local produce harvested from the area. Each day's gourmet and sumptuous evening dinner is either prepared by our caterer (like BBQ at the campsite) or at one of the many great restaurants. A feast to celebrate the end of each day's walking with a well deserved rest at a deluxe campsite with luxurious airbeds and, best of all, a hot shower!
About The Trek
The Cape to Cape Track runs from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. You can start the trek from North to South (Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin) or the other way round from South to North.
The 135km trek takes around 7 days to complete. There are many places where it is possible to access the trail to do a shorter than 7 days trek that cover only certain sections.
Our 7 days trek follows the North to South route (Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin), starting the trek after the drive down from Perth. The average distance covered is 14 – 22km each day.
The terrain and distances between campsites are much more manageable in the northern than the southern end. It is better to have the shorter and easier walks at the beginning and more challenging ones towards the end.
The trek starts with a gentle down hill stroll on the ‘access-for-all’ section on day 1. The first 3 days are shorter walks of not more than 20km a day, along limestone cliffs and ridges by the coast and ends at the picturesque hamlet of Gracetown on Day 3.
Day 4-7's distances are between 20-22km. On Day 4, the trek leaves the coast for a bit meanders through sand dunes and past Ellensbrook homestead and Meekadarbee Falls before emerging onto the coast again. Day 5 covers, what some people said to be one of the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track - the scenic coastal cliffs at Bob’s Hollow and Contos and entering into the majestic Karri forest (home to the world’s third tallest hardwood). Day 6 has a long 7km section of sand walking on the stunningly beautiful Boranup Beach to the protected Hamelin Bay, where friendly stingrays reside. The last leg of the Cape to Cape, on Day 7, faces more into the south than the rest of the coast with rugged wilderness and limited road access, alternating between Granite headlands and sandy terrains to reach Cape Leeuwin.
The terrain on the Cape to Cape Track is mostly moderate. It varies from smooth, wide tracks, to narrow rocky paths, to soft sandy beaches and a few rough scrambles. Whilst there are no drastic altitude gain nor extremely treacherous terrains to manoeuvre, there are still challenges. The greatest challenges are the long sandy beach stretches (especially when they are soft) and the length.
The best time to trek the Cape to Cape Track is from March to May and September to November.
The wildflowers season is from mid September to November with the possibility of spotting whales in late October to early November.
April and May tend to have the best weather but there are no wildflowers at that time. The water is still warm for swimming though.
Both March and November are warmer, but certainly not really hot. As the trail is coastal, there are not a lot of tall trees and not much shade.
June to August are very wet and cold and the river crossings at Wilyabrup and the Margaret River mouth can become unpredictable and, some times, even dangerous and cannot be crossed.
No trekking experience is required. Anyone with a good level of fitness can complete this trek. The trek requires you to walk an average distance of 14-22km each day, for 7 days, with a 3-4kg backpack load. The greatest challenges are the beach stretches (especially when they are soft) and the length (135km for 7 days).
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a quick dry t-shirt, sports shorts/tights or trekking pants and trail shoes. Bring a light rain jacket, waterproof your backpack and have adequate sun protection. A light warm jacket is good to have for the evenings at the campsite.
A packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.
- Dates listed is for our Women On Mountains open group
- Group size: min 6 people
- You can also form a private group. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Day||Description||Meals||Daily Trek Distance|
|Day 1||Arrive Perth||-/-/-||-|
|Day 2||Cape Naturaliste - Yallingup||B/L/D||14km|
|Day 3||Yallingup - Moses Rock||B/ L/D||18.75km|
|Day 4||Moses Rock - Gracetown||B/ L/D||16.25km|
|Day 5||Gracetown - Prevelly Campsite||B/L/D||21.5km|
|Day 6||Prevelly Campsite - Boranup Forest||B/L/D||22km|
|Day 7||Boranup Forest - Cosy Corner||B/L/D||21.5km|
|Day 8||Cosy Corner - Cape Leeuwin||B/L/-||20.5km|
|Day 9||Depart Margaret River||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfer (from airport to Perth and from Margaret River to airport)
- Return land transfer to start and from end of trek
- Accommodation: 1 x night in hotel in Perth (twin/triple sharing) and rest of nights in canvas walk-in bell tents (single with power and charging docks) in a fully catered base camp.
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Drinking water at base camp
- Trek support: trekking guide(s)
- Comprehensive first aid kit and communications equipment
- Cape to Cape Track completion certificate
- For Women On Mountains- 1 x female trek leader from Singapore, 1 x Women On Mountains t-shirt, 1 x Singapore Women's Everest Team's book and $100 contribution to Project Pari
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal guide
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: trekking gear, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the trek:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure a high standard of service and safe participation by everyone.
Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks for Cape To Cape Track, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. They are well trained in wilderness first aid and rescue and carry a communication device with them during the trek.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good 3 months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.