Following the coastline of Western Australia’s beautiful South West is the 123km long Cape to Cape Track, this is an outstanding scenic challenging multi – day hike that takes you along the Leeuwin – Naturaliste Ridge between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leewin.
This spectacular trail features stunning scenery including coastal clifftops and headlands, caves, blow holes, pristine beaches, waterfalls, rock climbs, karri forest, a hidden oasis and river mouth crossings plus so much more.
You will be well supported as you are expertly guided by Off The Beaten Track WA and hosted by Sole to Soul Walks from Cape Naturalist to Cape Leeuwin for 7 days hiking bliss along the Cape to Cape Track on this all inclusive Cape to Cape, End to End multi day hike and camp walking experience.
Day 1 | (Departing Perth 7am)
Cape Naturaliste – Mt Duckworth 10.8km
Our first day is a nice easy distance so that we can wean ourselves in to carrying a heavy pack for the next seven days. We will depart Perth at 7am with our sights set on the beautiful South West region of WA. We start our seven day hiking adventure from the commanding, and still operating, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse perfectly positioned on a 100 m high bluff overlooking Geographe Bay. Our journey begins gently by following the boardwalks downhill to Sugar Loaf Rock and then up on top of coastal clifftops and out on to the gorgeous Three Bears Beach, aptly named by a local surfing identity in the 70’s because of the three perfect surf breaks along the beach, which he named Baby Bear, Mama Bear and Papa Bear. From here we will scramble our way up a steep sand dune and back along the ridge. The final stretch today will be along some 4wd tracks that lead to Mt Duckworth Campsite where we will settle into camp early to rest up for a big day tomorrow on the track!
Day 2 |
Mt Duckworth – Moses Rock 23.5km
Today is one of the longest of our trek being 23.5km but the diversity of the landscape will keep your spirits high, motivating you to keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy the journey just one step at a time! The start of the day will see us passing through the coastal hamlet of Yallingup – a small town that has bred some of the world’s best surfers and you will see why as our journey continues along this spectacular coastline. From Yallingup we will follow the coastline around Smith’s Beach to Canal Rocks then onto Wyadup and Injidup Beach where the jewel-blue water at the shoreline deepens to reflect the intensity of swell hitting from the Indian Ocean. The trail to get us there includes a short steep scramble up some rocks from Smith’s Beach to Canal Rocks Rd, which is undeniably tough with a heavy pack but a whole heap of fun and may actually turn out to be your favourite part of the day! A perfectly positioned seat at Injidup Beach will give us a moment to sit, take a breath and lap up the coastal views under the shade of Melaleuca trees. Making our way along some undulating 4wd tracks past Cape Clairaut we will eventually reach a beach section near the Quinninup Falls which has been described as ‘a kind of small jungle-type oasis among dunes’ which is very fitting.
Then get ready for an almighty calf burning climb up the escalator sand dune….we promise the climb will be worth the coastal clifftop views of Moses Rock from the top! Moses Rock Campsite is set under a canopy of Melaleuca trees and offers an amazing sunset viewing platform which will top of the day’s adventures and set you up for a glorious night’s sleep.
Day 3 |
Moses Rock – Ellensbrook 19.5km
After an early breakfast we will load up our packs and head off. The start off zthe journey will see us head down, then up, then down, then up (you get the picture!) along the undulating tracks until we reach the point where Wilyubrup Brook meets the ocean. We will cross the river mouth and climb up along the ridge line through the melaleuca trees until we reach the star of the day – the Wilyubrup Sea Cliffs! This is one of West Australia’s premier rock climbing and abseiling spots so we will take a short detour and head down to the base of the cliffs to admire these ancient craggy cliffs so you can appreciate just how impressive they….. are so don’t forget to look up and look out for these awe inspiring cliff monkeys! A wonderfully constructed staircase then guides you up and onto the top of the stunning sea cliffs and offers more amazing vistas for you to admire. The track then drops back down onto the beach, passing the famous, surfing breaks of Gallows and Guillotines. This part of the coast then turns decidedly rocky as it weaves over picturesque granite boulders and finally winds its way into the pretty hamlet of Gracetown. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at Gracies and a well-earned break, giving you time to reflect on the trip so far and your own personal Sole to Soul journey. Leaving Gracetown, we will pass the memorial from the 1996 limestone cliff collapse where a number of children and adults sadly lost their lives. Reading the memorial and learning about the tragedy is a moving experience. After walking through some Lunar like landscape and coastal scrub we will reach the beautiful Ellensbrook Homestead, a heritage listed home built from of crushed shell and local limestone. The final part of our trail today takes us to the enchanting Meekadarabee Falls which were known to Aboriginal people as ‘the bathing place of the moon’ and we are sure you will agree it is a pretty magical way to end the day. There is a signpost explaining the fascinating legend about the moss-covered waterfall and the small cave behind it. Just up the track is the peppermint tree shaded Ellensbrook – our favourite campsite on the track!
Day 4 |
Ellensbrook – Prevelly 9.5km
The funny thing about multi-day hiking is that you almost always start your day with a big hill and funnily enough today is one of those days! As we leave Ellensbrook we are heading straight uphill! This leads us to a narrow windy, undulating dirt track that guides us through scrubland with a series of switchbacks. Eventually we will arrive at Joey’s Nose, just a few miles from where the Margaret River flows into the Indian Ocean. It is a secluded spot that looks out across pristine white sand to the ocean, and offers one of the best views in the Margaret River. We will make our way to the beautiful Kilcarnup Beach which is one of the most isolated beaches in the region and the perfect place for any adventure-seeker. At the end of the beach we will follow the sand dunes up through some scrubland to Horseshoe Bay – our favourite part of the entire Cape to Cape! As you stand on top of the limestone cliff you will be surrounded by a cove of stunning coastal cliffs, you can see and hear the waves crashing around the reef and a small secluded beach down below. It is truly magnificent! Once our cup has been filled by the beauty and peacefulness of this spot we will cross the Margaret River Mouth safely with the help of our Guide and then bask in the fact we are only a short 2 kms away from a hot shower and an afternoon to spend as you please!
Day 5 |
Prevelly – Contos 18km
Today is a really special day as we hike the highlight stretch of the Cape to Cape Track today, 18km in total, beginning at Surfpoint Resort and then heading out along the ridge that is filled with some of the most majestic Grasstrees you will ever see. We will then head down the 365 log steps that lead you to a hidden oasis called Boodjidup Creek and the Frank Mouritz Bridge. Heading along the track through some sand dunes will lead us to the very sloped, narrow and boggy Red Gate beach! Keep an eye out and your cameras ready for a very likely encounter with emus through this section. The saying that no 1km of the Cape to Cape is like the last is as true as it gets……the next 2km section of beach is a tough one but will warm us up for the final two days! From Red Gate beach you re-enter the Melaleuca trees and hike along the ridge until you get to the famous chain! After climbing down the chain you’ll be greeted by one of the best sections of the Cape to Cape: the scenic Bobs Hollow and Contos Cliffs. Never short on stunning views this section of about 5kms of amazing limestone clifftops will take your breath away as we make our way to Contos Campsite – our bed for the night!
Day 6 |
Contos – Hamelin Bay 21.35km
Contrary to an earlier suggestion today’s walk greets us with a surprise downhill section, which is a lovely way to start a long day, don’t followed shortly after with a long slow uphill section. It won’t be long before you are distracted by towering karri trees and find yourself totally immersed in the Boranup Forest! After a while the karri tree forest transitions into a peppermint/grass tree forest and eventually leads us to a narrow single track that will take us to Hamelin Bay Beach. The pure white sand and crystal clear water of this astonishingly pristine beach will take your breath away, so have your camera at the ready! This is one of those spots where you can really get a sense of time slowing down and nature begging you to stop having busy thoughts and busy days and instead take time to just be. Take this time for yourself as we walk along the beach for about 7kms all the way into Hamelin Bay, where we can enjoy a cool drink and hot shower. We encourage you to bring a day pack with you for us to transport to Hamelin bay so you can enjoy your last day of hiking wearing a just a lightly loaded day pack…..the perfect way to end our adventure.
Day 7 |
Hamelin Bay – Cape Leeuwin 25.3km
Today is a day of mixed emotions, we have a big walking day ahead of us and we can picture the goal post of the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ahead of us but at the same time our journey is almost over, and our other lives are calling us home. Let the feelings come, acknowledge them and then push them aside as today is about you and your journey so don’t waste a minute thinking about what might be but instead concentrate on what is right here and now. And that is another day in the incredible Western Australian wilderness. As we depart Hamelin Bay we will follow a small beach section along Foul Bay before heading up the dunes to a 4wd track. Soon a narrow trail will take us through peppermint trees along an undulating track that leads to the Foul bay Lighthouse and on to stunning Cosy Corner with its white sandy beach, granitic headlands and limestone islands offshore. Cosy Corner is definitely a highlight of the entire track – as we navigate along rocky ledges and around blowholes we are sure you will agree this is a dramatic section of the trail! Listening to the sound the waves make against the rocks underneath you is really awesome and don’t be surprised if you get sea sprayed! Enjoy the excitement and invigoration of Cosy Corner because after passing Elephant Rock we will find yourself on Deepdene Beach and the most dreaded 6km section of the trek due to the boggy sand underfoot. But challenges are made to conquer and as we will only have day packs on it will be a breeze…… before we know it we will be leaving the beach and climbing up the sand dunes away from the sound of the waves crashing. Narrow single tracks lead you to Skippy Rock and from here there is only 3kms remaining of our unforgettable adventure! As you reach Quarry Bay you have one last small beach section, a small climb over some rocks and then there she is – the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse!
Take a moment to fully comprehend what you have just achieved….not just the fact that you have completed a 123km hike from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin but that you have given yourself time out to rejuvenate your soul and, no doubt, head back home a better person for it!
Tonight we will relax, reminisce on our adventure and enjoy a celebratory dinner at The Common in Gnarabup Bay!
Day 8 | (Arrive back in Perth 2pm)
After a delicious breakfast supplied by Margaret River Moveable Feast we will head back to Perth feeling empowered, inspired and have plenty of amazing stories to tell!
Most importantly is the memories that will last a lifetime and the feeling of accomplishment that you have completed what you set out to do. Take joy in the fact you have given yourself some precious down time……time to enjoy our stunning outdoors with an active body, still mind and peaceful soul. One step at a time.
- Guide and host
- 1 x pre hike nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
- All camping fees
- Breakfast, lunch and dinners – dietary requirements can be catered for with prior knowledge.
- Trail snacks
- Pillow (for you to keep)
- Hiking poles, tent, sleeping mat and 65lt backpack
- Hiking stove with gas, lightweight pot, Mug, bowl, spoon, head torch, water purification tablets, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, dry sack for food storage, dry sack for clean clothes storage.
Don’t worry we will supply you with a list of items that you will be required to bring such as your sleeping bag, toiletries and hiking clothes.
Whilst a medium level of fitness is required for this hike, you do not need to have overnight hiking experience as we will guide you through packing and preparation. We will walk at a pace ensuring we can all enjoy the journey and the destination.