March 8th, 2021
One of the premier long distance walking trails in Western Australia, the Cape to Cape Track traverses through some of the most spectacular landscapes this state has to offer while popping in and out of the many surf towns found along the coast.
What Is It?
The Cape to Cape Track is a multi-day hike taking you along limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, over seasonal creeks and through some amazing forest. Officially opened in 2001, it was the result of a lot of hard work by passionate locals and now we have a coastal thru-hike that provides access to world class scenery in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Starting and finishing at two impressive lighthouses, the 130km trail is ideal for day walkers and well equipped for those looking to do the whole thing in one go.
Where Is It?
The trail runs the length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, forming the section that juts out from the south west of Western Australia. Officially the trail links the two main lighthouses at Cape Naturaliste near Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin near Augusta, running along the coastline with occasional detours inland to explore creeks, forests and the limestone cliffs. Along the trail you’ll pass through several towns and hamlets including Yallingup, Gracetown, Prevelly and Hamelin Bay where you can rest for the night, have a meal or simply stop for a coffee. Supplementing the town stays are five additional campsites, each with water tanks, a toilet and somewhere to pitch your tent.
What to Do?
Walk!!! At 130km long, the Cape to Cape Track can be broken down into easily manageable days with a full pack or if you have a like-minded friend, you can do car shuffles to complete it in a series of day hikes (or just pick one nice day to do). Most people take between five and eight days to complete the whole track end to end but there are plenty of options if you want to go faster or slower. With only basic campsite facilities out of the towns you need to carry everything with you including a tent, sleeping gear, enough water for the day, food, clothing and medical supplies.
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