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Cape to Cape Stroll Observe: Final Information


The Cape to Cape observe is an epic 125-kilometre coastal stroll path from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin within the Margaret River Area of Western Australia.

Starting from the lighthouse discovered at every respective cape, the path takes you thru the mind-boggling pure surroundings of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Nationwide Park. You’ll navigate sweeping coastal cliffs and towering Karri forests, all of the whereas by no means straying too removed from the azure ocean waters of the Indian Ocean. 

There are lots of choices to sort out this memorable path, starting from self-guided in a single day tenting, day walks and guided excursions navigating the entire observe over 5-9 days.  

My finest pals and I made a decision to go all in, and in September 2022 headed all the way down to Margaret River with loaded mountain climbing packs and every part we wanted for the following 7 days as we set off on the journey of a lifetime.

That is my detailed information on all it’s worthwhile to know in regards to the Cape to Cape (WA) stroll observe.

Only a reminder, hikers ought to use the data right here as steering and as all the time, take private duty in your personal security. To examine present observe situations name the DPAW Busselton workplace on (08) 9752 5555.

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Cape to Cape Stroll Distance

The official Cape to Cape Stroll distances appear to differ barely relying on what you learn.

Earlier than enterprise the Cape to Cape path myself, my understanding was it was 135 kilometres lengthy (from the Margaret River web site). That is what’s written on indicators on the path itself too.

Nevertheless, organisations like Parks and Wildlife Service WA state the observe is 130 kilometres lengthy. I used an app to navigate on the path (extra on that quickly), which listed the gap as 125 kilometres.

I tracked the distances every day, and we did cowl 125 kilometres of official Cape to Cape path however ended up strolling 129 kilometres in complete attributable to some unplanned and non-obligatory detours.

The Cape to Cape is a walker-only observe, which means no wheeled automobiles or bicycles are permitted on the observe. No canines are permitted both, being inside a Nationwide Park.

What number of days does the Cape to Cape take?

Most walkers will take between 5-9 days to finish the path. I’ve included our 7 day itinerary beneath, which was 4 full days of strolling and three half days. On common, we coated slightly below 18 kilometres a day.  

How troublesome is Cape to Cape?

The Cape to Cape is taken into account a average path.

While the gap is lengthy, the elevation is pretty average and the observe is usually straightforward strolling aside from just a few rocky sections the place you’ll have to do a little bit of rock scrambling.

There are additionally just a few sections of seaside strolling in tender sand, probably the most difficult being the Boranup Seashore part (~7km) simply earlier than Hamelin Bay (when strolling North to South).

As three pretty match and lively 30 12 months previous’s, my pals and I didn’t an excessive amount of coaching within the lead up.  

It is suggested to get some seaside strolling observe in, and regular strolling with a heavy pack, to construct stamina and get used to carrying the additional weight (if tenting on the path like us).

Cape to Cape Stroll Map

I discovered it troublesome to discover a Cape to Cape map on-line exhibiting the observe in its entirety. Most accessible on-line sources present the path damaged down into Cape to Cape sections, like on the official Cape to Cape web site.

Under is a screenshot of the path map from the app I used.

The app additionally has detailed maps for every part and reveals the placement of the closest services and lodging. This was a particularly helpful useful resource for each planning the journey and navigating as soon as on the tail. I like to recommend this app, it has a one-off value of ~$20 making it effectively well worth the cash.

Paper maps can be bought from the Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River Customer Centres. You can too buy guidebooks, however I desire utilizing the net app.  

While the observe is effectively signposted, it’s helpful to assist plan your itinerary and distances to cowl every day (or simply observe together with my 7-day itinerary beneath!).

Finest Time to Hike the Cape to Cape

While the Cape to Cape is accessible all 12 months spherical, the perfect time to do it’s in spring because the path is blooming with native wildflowers and also you usually see whales splashing within the distance.

Autumn and winter are additionally appropriate instances to hike the observe. Winter is the least busy time of the 12 months, so that you would possibly discover you’ve got sections of the observe all to your self. It may rain fairly closely within the space, so plan across the forecast.  

I wouldn’t advocate mountain climbing the path in summer time except you’re planning on doing shorter sections as day journeys.

Firstly, there isn’t loads of shade on loads of the observe. Doing the hike in September 2022, we had two days of 25-degree Celsius climate, and this, coupled with our heavy packs made these days a lot more durable.

Secondly, in case you are tenting on the path, the water tanks on the designated Cape to Cape campsites aren’t assured to be full. This implies it’s worthwhile to carry additional water, which might additionally add much more weight to your packs. 

Cape to Cape Stroll Lodging

There’s a vary of lodging choices on the path, starting from free and low cost tenting to mid-range motels to luxurious choices.

Tenting on the Cape to Cape

There are 4 free, Cape to Cape observe campsites accessible for Cape to Cape hikers.

They’re Mt Duckworth, Moses Rock, Ellensbrook and Deepdene. At these designated Cape to Cape campsites, you’ll discover a single drop rest room (BYO rest room paper), a few picnic tables and a rainwater tank.

Water taken from right here must be handled or boiled earlier than consumption (I used Aquatabs).

Paid tenting choices with full services like bathe blocks and camp kitchens embody two caravan parks at Yallingup, Prevelly Caravan Park, Gracetown Caravan Park and Hamelin Bay Caravan Park. There may be additionally the DPAW-run Contos Campground.

For our 7-day tenting itinerary, we spent three nights within the free Cape 2 Cape campsites, one night time in Yallingup Caves Caravan Park, one night time at Contos Campground and one night time in (relative) luxurious with a deal with night time at Surfpoint Resort in Gnarabup.

Lodging on the Cape to Cape

When enterprise the Cape to Cape stroll, Margaret River would possibly seem to be the perfect spot for lodging however there are different choices accessible within the area which can be nearer to the path. Fashionable lodging decisions with Cape to Cape hikers on or near the observe are outlined beneath.

For all motels within the Margaret River area, click on right here to browse the most important vary of lodging accessible.

Cape to Cape 7 Day Itinerary

I did a lot of analysis on-line, learn the Cape to Cape guidebook app and researched posts on the C2C Fb group to provide you with the beneath Cape to Cape self guided itinerary.

Day Part Distance Keep
1 Cape Naturaliste – Yallingup 14km Yallingup Caves Caravan Park (paid tenting, reserving required)
2 Yallingup – Moses Rock 20km Moses Rock C2C Campsite (free, no reserving)
3 Moses Rock – Ellensbrook 19km Ellensbrook C2C Campsite (free, no reserving)
4 Ellensbrook – Gnarabup 13km Surfpoint Resort  (lodging, reserving required).
5 Gnarabup – Contos 16km Contos Campground (paid tenting, reserving required)
6 Contos – Deepdene 30km Deepdene C2C Campsite (free, no reserving)
7 Deepdene – Cape Leeuwin 17km Drive again or keep in Augusta

On reflection, it was an incredible itinerary for our wants.

Day 4 was solely a half day and acted as our relaxation day. We had booked lodging at Surfpoint Resort for that night time so we might have a scorching bathe (bliss!) and sleep in actual beds for one night time. Margarets Seashore Resort is positioned subsequent door as one other lodging possibility too.

Alternatively, you would keep at Prevelly Caravan Park as an alternative of reserving lodging in Gnarabup. For us, the chance to get a correct night time’s relaxation was effectively appreciated and we had no regrets!

Day 6 was the hardest day – based mostly on the kilometres and the truth that there was loads of seaside strolling on this present day.

Day 7 was additionally surprisingly harder than we anticipated, as we walked the primary 1.5 hours alongside the seaside in a robust headwind earlier than getting rained on all the remainder of the best way to Cape Leeuwin!

For these contemplating doing Cape to Cape day walks, and getting dropped out and in every day, this identical itinerary would largely work.

You’ll simply have to tweak Day 6 to be picked up from Hamelin Bay (for a 21km day) or Cosy Nook (for a 25km day) since there isn’t any highway entry at Deepdene.

Tip: After I was trying on-line at tenting choices within the Yallingup Caravan Parks, they had been exhibiting totally booked 2 weeks beforehand attributable to being an extended weekend and faculty holidays.

For those who e-mail or name up beforehand, they may squeeze you in and discover a area for you attributable to being a Cape to Cape hiker (point out this when reserving).

What to Convey for Tenting on the Cape to Cape

Right here is my guidelines of Cape to Cape necessities.

You may obtain my full Cape to Cape planning spreadsheet and packing guidelines right here!

For those who haven’t hiked and camped earlier than, you’ll rapidly study that you really want the lightest potential gear – common sleeping luggage for instance received’t lower it attributable to their dimension and weight.

Be sure you use a correct mountain climbing backpack, and you know the way to regulate the straps and so forth to ensure it’s effectively fitted. There are many useful video tutorials on-line that will help you do that.  

Since I didn’t have a backpack, I employed one in Perth by means of the Bibbulum Observe Basis.

Different issues to notice:

  • Lots of people taking mountain climbing poles. Of our group, just one used these. She hadn’t used them earlier than when mountain climbing so took some observe to getting used to. I believe that is as much as private choice and likewise health/ stability ranges. My pal and I picked up sticks that we used alongside the best way as an alternative (nature’s low cost model of mountain climbing poles).
  • Gaiters: these are used to cowl your decrease legs, sitting round your leg with the elastic band and looped underneath your mountain climbing boots/ sneakers. The good thing about these are to offer some extra peace of thoughts for potential snake bites, and have the additional advantage of serving to maintain sand out of your footwear. We didn’t put on these, largely attributable to an absence of poor planning however appear to be fairly well-liked with different hikers we noticed on the best way.

Different Normal FAQ

Route Path

Most individuals are inclined to stroll from North to South, so from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. The explanations for doing this are;

  • You stroll with the solar behind you rather than staring into the solar
  • You do your simpler days first, with the argument made by others on-line is that you’re at your fittest (albeit most drained) by the tip of the observe

In hindsight, Day 6 and seven with a lot of seaside strolling had been tremendous robust. However, I believe our technique of going North to South labored.

I don’t know if I had the stamina at the beginning to do a 30km day on 2 if we had flipped the itinerary – plus it will have aggravated me strolling into the solar on a regular basis!

Parking

Our plan was to drive down from Perth on Day 1 and depart the automotive at Cape Naturaliste lighthouse.

We left Perth at 9am and had been formally on the path by 12.30pm, getting in at Yallingup Caravan Park simply after 4.30pm.

We had no points leaving my automotive on the lighthouse carpark, however the employees on the lighthouse really helpful parking as near the doorway as potential.

It’s a giant automotive park and if the automotive is tucked away out of website, there may be danger of theft for instance. Fortunately for us we jagged a spot proper close to the entrance entrance, left no valuables within the automotive and it was superb after we obtained again to it 7 days later.

Transfers

We completed the observe at Cape Leeuwin on a Saturday. I had been planning to get the TransWA bus from Augusta again to Dunsborough, after which get a taxi from Dunsborough to Cape Naturaliste the place my automotive was parked.

Sadly on the time of writing, the bus solely departs on Saturdays at 8am, and Sunday at 3pm! Be sure you examine the bus instances beforehand.

As an alternative, I organized a non-public switch for the 1.5 hour drive instantly from Cape Leeuwin again to Cape Naturaliste with Cy from South West Driving Providers.

This service value us $100 per particular person, but it surely was a 3-hour spherical journey for Cy coming from Augusta so I perceive the price of the service being what it’s!

There are very restricted taxis within the area, and I’m undecided if a taxi would even take you that far – so finest to get the bus or prepare for a non-public switch between the Capes.

I’ve additionally been warned it’s worthwhile to guide the bus upfront, because it does get booked out so don’t simply rock up on the day!

Different contact particulars beneath;

  • Cy Fort at South West Driving Providers: 0428 953 385
  • Augusta Taxis: 131 008 or 0417 914 694
  • Dunsborough Taxis: (08) 9756 8688
  • DPAW Busselton workplace: (08) 9752 5555 (to examine newest observe updates/closures and so forth)

Resupply

To scale back the quantity of meals and different issues it’s worthwhile to carry, take into account doing a “resupply” drop at one of many paid locations you’re staying alongside the path (e.g. Prevelly Caravan Park, Surfpoint Resort, Hamelin Bay Caravan Park and so forth).

We had been capable of drop a bag of our dinner meals (dehydrated meals), snacks and clear garments off earlier than we began our hike with a purpose to scale back having to hold all of it from the very begin. This was significantly appreciated and effectively well worth the effort to take action!

In search of concepts for issues to do within the Margaret River Area after the hike? Try my information of issues to do within the Area right here

Meals & Meals

If following my 7-day itinerary above, you have to to convey meals for 4 dinners.

We bought dehydrated meals from a tenting retailer, all it’s worthwhile to do is add boiling water, stir and let it sit for 10-Quarter-hour earlier than consuming out of the pouch.

On different nights, we had been staying in a city and will buy dinner from the pub (like at Caves Home in Yallingup, and the Widespread Bistro in Gnarabup).

Breakfast consisted of fast porridge oat sachets (add boiling water) or a muesli bar eaten on the path.

For our detailed itinerary and meal by meal meals plan, obtain my free Cape to Cape planning spreadsheet together with a packing checklist.  

Lunch plans had been sorted as we’d buy within the morning at cities we handed by means of. You may have lunch at Gracie’s common retailer on Day 3, and Sea Backyard Café in Prevelly on Day 4.

If like me, you NEED your morning espresso to get began with the day, our aeropress was a lifesaver.

Convey floor espresso beans in a ziplock bag, aeropress filters and simply add boiling water for a scrumptious scorching espresso to kickstart your day.

Energy

I took my moveable battery pack with me, and recharged it at Surfpoint on Day 4.

When strolling we saved our telephones on airplane mode to cut back battery drain, as there may be restricted reception on the observe outdoors of the cities anyway.

I didn’t take my digital camera (weight is essential!), and simply used my iPhone to take all of the photographs on this article.

Bathrooms

There are drop bathrooms on the free Cape to Cape campsites and Contos campground. Because of the path hugging the coast, we by no means wished for a loo cease as there are drop bathrooms positioned as most main seashores, even the extra distant ones accessed solely by 4WDs.

If in case you have the Cape to Cape guidebook app, it is possible for you to to see rest room areas on the path.

River Crossings

Day 4 of my 7-day itinerary consists of crossing the Margaret River Rivermouth.

That is the most important and doubtlessly deepest creek crossing you have to to do, however there are different smaller ones all through your entire observe.

In winter and round intervals of rain, the Margaret River Rivermouth could also be uncrossable. There’s a 1.5 kilometre “Winter Diversion” observe in place, you’ll see the signal clearly whenever you attain the purpose the place it’s worthwhile to determine to make the detour or not.

You may examine for updates within the Margaret River Rivermouth Fb group that will help you determine on the day or day earlier than.

Different Assets

As talked about, it’s effectively value buying and downloading the Cape to Cape Guidebook app (~$20) to assist plan your journey in addition to use their offline GPS map (doesn’t require web) when you find yourself on the observe.

You need to use the in-built performance to find the place you’re relative to the observe. It additionally has a heap extra common info on water stops, rest room areas, store areas and so forth in addition to extra helpful info.

It additionally lets you know the way far you’re away out of your subsequent cease, a performance I used religiously to depend down how lengthy till we made it to camp every night time.

The opposite foremost useful resource is the free Cape to Cape Fb group – I obtained loads of worth out of studying the experiences of, and questions raised by others, on this group useful resource.

Cape to Cape Excursions

The 2 foremost tour firms I’m conscious of are Cape to Cape Explorer Excursions and Stroll into Luxurious, each providing a variety of lodging choices to fit your wants.

Along with guided excursions, Cape to Cape Explorer Excursions additionally provide a self-guided service the place they may drop you off and decide you up every day, taking you again to the lodging they’ve organised to avoid wasting you having to hold tenting gear and meals with you.

Ultimate Ideas

In abstract, I’ve completely zero regrets about doing the Cape to Cape stroll independently. The nights spent on the free walk-in campsites with solely different hikers round had been a number of the highlights of the journey.

Sure, it took much more vitality and energy, and there have been loads of instances I regretted having to hold the large pack on my again, but it surely was completely value it on the finish of the day for us.

Waking as much as the solar rising by means of the bush, and setting over the ocean every day was a fully magical expertise, and I’ll eternally treasure our reminiscences of adventures on the Cape to Cape observe!

Let me know within the feedback beneath what you considered this text, and when you have any additional questions!

For my detailed itinerary and meal by meal meals plan, obtain my free Cape to Cape planning spreadsheet together with a packing checklist.  

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