Cape to Cape - WA

The Cape to Cape Walk Track is a long-distance walk trail located in the far south-west corner of Western Australia, 250 kilometres south of Perth. It meanders along the whole length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, which forms the backbone of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

The Cape to Cape walk runs for 123kms along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leewin in the far south west of Western Australia. It features spectacular coastal and forest scenery, a fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers. You will only need to carry a day pack as we “Glamp” it each night!

Price: $2150.00 per person (Twin Share)

Duration: 7 Nights/ 8 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 2&3 / Conditions 3 / Accommodation 3 / Training/Preparation 4

Best Season: September – November

Country Visited: Australia

Trip Start: Perth

Trip Ends: Perth

Trip Route: Perth – Cape Naturaliste – Yallingup – Moses Rock – Gracetown – Gnarabup – Boranup Forest – Cosy Corner – Cape Leeuwin – Perth

Trip Style: Guided Trekking, pack free, Camp supported

Activity: Trekking

Activity Per Day: Approximately 6-7 hr walking

Day 01 Arrival Perth – overnight accommodation

Day 02 Perth pick up – Walk Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup – 13km

Day 03 Yallingup to Moses Rock – 16.75km

Day 04 Moses Rock to Gracetown – 13kms

Day 05 Gracetown to Gnarabup – 20kms

Day 06 Gnarabup to Boranup Forest 21.5kms

Day 07 Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner – 20.5kms

Day 08 Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin – 19kms

Day 09 Depart for Perth and onward journey

Day 01 ARRIVAL INTO PERTH
Arrive at leisure today and check into your hotel.

The day is yours to spend as you like. About 5.00pm we will gather in the bar of our hotel to discuss the next days departure and how the trek will unfold.

Overnight at Hotel

No meals included

Day 02 Perth Pick up – Transfer to Cape Naturaliste, trek to Yallingup – 13km
Transfers to start of our trek at Cape Naturaliste.

We begin our trek at Cape Naturaliste. The first section of the Cape to Cape Track begins with a gentle down hill stroll on the ‘access-for-all’ section of track to the stunning vistas of Sugar Loaf Rock. The Track then runs along an extended section of carved limestone sea cliffs before reaching the coastal hamlet of Yallingup – ‘The Place of Love’. After the hike, we will enjoy a delicious dinner before being transferred to our accommodation for the next 7 nights, just a few hundred metres from the beach coastal hamlet of Gnarabup. We will sleep in comfortable raised double beds in a spacious bell tent at our glamping hub, located on a green expanse on the same property as Surfpoint Resort. We will have full access to Surfppoint’s hot shower facilities, commercial-sized kitchen, swimming pool and communal lounge room (with a fire place and free coffee machine…. bliss!)

Overnight at “Glamp hub”
Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 03 Yallingup to Moses Rock – 16.75kms

From Yallingup pass over the granite headland at Torpedo Rock and on to the fabled Smiths Beach. After Smith’s Beach the topography changes quickly as giant granite marbles dominate near Canal Rocks. Travel high over the ridge and past Rotary Lookout, before dropping back down on to the beach at Injidup. Travel up high over the ridge, through the coastal tee tree and back onto the wild south-west facing coast. Weave through stunning areas of limestone cliff and granite before walking through the stunted vegetation and granite fields of Moses Rock.

Overnight at Glamp Hub
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 04 Moses Rock to Gracetown – 13kms

The Track rises high over several large limestone headlands before flattening out on Willyabrup Beach. A wonderfully constructed staircase then guides walkers up and onto the stunning sea cliffs that form the famous climbing buttresses of Wilyabrup Cliffs. After passing the cliffs, the Track drops back down onto the beach, passing the famous, though severe, surfing breaks of Gallows and Guillotines. The coast then turns decidedly rocky as it ducks and weaves over picturesque granite boulders and finally into the pretty hamlet of Gracetown. Relax here and enjoy an afternoon swim to sooth the muscles and mind!

Overnight at Glamp Hub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05 – Gracetown to Gnarabup – 20kms
Beginning at the picturesque hamlet of Gracetown, follow the low coastline to the historic settlement of Ellensbrook. From Ellensbrook, the Track quickly leaves the coast and meanders through sand dunes and past Ellensbrook homestead and Meekadarbee Falls. Visit the isolated coves of Gnoocardup and torquoise bay of Kilcarnup. Marvel at the centuries-old osprey nest in Horseshoe Bay and then take in some of the world’s finest surfing coastline at Prevelly.

Overnight at Glamp Hub

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06 – Gnarabup to Boranup Forest – 21.5 kms

From the limestone ridge at Prevelly head down into the sheltered creekline of Boodjidup Brook. Continue on and experience the white sands of Boodjidup before reaching historic Redgate Beach. Next is very likely one of the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track: the scenic coastal cliffs at Bob’s Hollow and Contos
(although we may be biased as CCET have adopted and maintain this leg!) Enter the majestic Karri forest, home to the world’s third tallest hardwood! A longer day, but the solid track under foot and afternoon shade of the karri forest make it all seem easy!

Overnight Glamp Hub

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07 Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner –  20.5kms

Start amongst the tall karris of Boranup Forest, home to an array of wildlife and wildflowers in season. Head south, back into the coastal heath, and down onto the stunningly beautiful Boranup Beach. 7kms of sand walking later, find the protected Hamelin Bay, home to some of the Cape’s friendliest stingrays who love a feed of freshly caught fish! Continue on past the many islands and headlands through the coastal heath and past Foul Bay lighthouse until you arrive at the stunning Cosy Corner.

Overnight Glamp Hub

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08 Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin –  19kms

The last leg of the Cape to Cape Track faces more into the south than the rest of the coast. True wilderness with limited road access the sights are reserved for the local hooded plovers and you. Granite headlands are broken up by long sections of shoe-sucking sand. Formidable, but every step takes you closer to the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse and the moment of celebration.

Overnight Glamp Hub

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09 Depart for Perth

Enjoy a final breakfast with our group in these pristine surroundings, before departing via the Margaret River Farmer’s Market. At 12.30pm, you will arrive in Perth where you can either be dropped at the airport or at a central CBD location for your onward journey.

Breakfast

November 13 – 21, 2020

Minimum numbers of 10 required, please contact us for more details or if you have a private group

Cost Includes

9 Day fully escorted tour
All transfers to and from Perth
Perth Accommodation – Hotel ( 1 night pre trek) accommodation only
Trek – Accommodation Permanent Bell tents campsites – Basecamp for entire trek
Meals as indicated
Detailed Risk Management Plan
Public Liability Insurance

Cost Does not Include

International and Australian domestic flights
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Recommended Equipment

Trekking

 Jacket, breathable with hood
 Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
 Long Sleeve Shirt
 Short Sleeve Shirt
 Hiking Pants or shorts
Skins (optional)
Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
Gaiters or Spats (optional)
Bathers
Afternoon / Evening Clothes
 One lightweight set of non-walking clothes. These are the clothes you will change into after the days walk.
 Polar Fleece or one warm woolen jumper (not too bulky) and long pants. These are to protect against mosquitoes at dusk, and cold at night.

Headwear

 1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection, Sunglasses
 1 – Bandana (optional)

Footwear

 1 – Hiking Boots/walking shoes with spare laces
 1 – Gym Shoes/sandals/thongs, to wear at camp (optional)
 3 – Socks, comfortable

Accessories

 Camel pack / Water bladder. This is mandatory as it is critical that you maintain hydration at all times.
 Water bottles for spare capacity and to mix up supplements. We recommend total water capacity to be around 2 – 3 litres
 Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
 Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
 Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
 Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Equipment
 Trekking Poles (optional)
 Head lamp, with extra batteries
 Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear while trekking

Other

 Toiletries
 Prescriptions and basic first aid kit for blisters, bites etc.
 Sunscreen
 Lip Balm
 Hand Sanitiser, Insect Repellent
 Toilet Paper
 Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional) we provide snacks and biscuits.
 Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

What level of fitness do I require?

Your experience is directly related to your level of fitness!!  It is very important to prepare yourself for the challenge ahead.  We have a recommended training schedule on our website, this is a guide only.

Please contact us for information on training walks in Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns.

Fatigue, overheating and dehydration are conditions that you need to avoid and be aware of on the trek. Lots of fluid with re‐hydration formulas such as Gastrolyte will help. You must train in the clothes that you intend to wear whilst trekking! It is also very important to make sure that you have good walking boots.

Good footwear is important for a successful trek. Prior preparation is the key to a successful trek.

Getaway Trekking reserves the right to refuse participation or retire any trekker/s if they are deemed to be unfit or unprepared to complete the journey.

What should I wear on the plane?

Wear appropriate clothing; if you are travelling from a cold environment carry a lightweight set in your hand luggage that you can change into when you arrive.

Can I stay a little longer?

Getaway Trekking includes in your trek price pre and post trek accommodation in Hervey Bay. If you require extra nights’ accommodation please let us know and we can book this for you.

Do I need travel insurance for this trek?

Domestic Travel Insurance is a policy that provides cover for travel to Australian states, territories and islands within its maritime borders. It can provide cover for cancellation due to illness or injury, lost, stolen or damaged luggage, cancelled flights, rental vehicle insurance excess, personal liability and other unexpected circumstances.

Insurance does NOT cover any medical expenses when you are travelling within Australia. When you are in Australia, any medical costs would need to be covered by Medicare, your private health insurance or out of your own pocket.

It is actually legislated by the Australian Government that travel insurance companies are unable to provide cover for medical expenses within Australia for Australian residents and citizens, who are eligible for Australian Medicare. The intention is for any medical costs to remain under Medicare or Private Health.

Please note that ambulance services are state run services and Medicare does not necessarily cover you for ambulance trips.

Whilst a domestic travel insurance policy does not provide cover for medical expenses, it can provide cover for Cancellation due to a medical situation

What is the accommodation like?

Glamping Base Camp – this trek has us staying at the same Glamp Hub each night of our trek!

It features eight spacious and deluxe bell tents: four single 4m tents and four twin-share 5m tents. The deluxe 5m bell tents can be shared, with space for two queen beds twin-style, while the 4m bell tents are available for those who prefer their own space.

All tents have been placed on pads made from local limestone, helping to balance your alkalinity while you sleep, while the furniture and fittings are made from hand-crafted timber.

When is the trek briefing?

Your Trek Leader will run a briefing at your hotel the night before your trek. This informative session is designed to let you know of departure times, changes, ask questions etc. It also allows you to get acquainted with the rest of the group if you’re not already.

Do I need money on the trek?

Yes, opportunities are available to make purchases at the end of each day!

Are there Communications on the trek?

We carry a satellite phone on our treks.  The purpose of the satellite phone is for emergency use only. It is used to ring in to the office with updates, GPS position or used in an emergency.

As there is no electricity along the trek we cannot charge the battery.  The Trek Leader may only switch the phone on a couple of times a day (to save the battery).  The battery is fully charged before the trek starts.

The satellite phone is not to be used by our trekkers for personal use.

If a trekker wants to keep in touch with family or work whilst they are trekking they need to bring their own satellite phone.

Standard Mobile phone coverage is weak and may not be available during high wind or bad weather.

How can I be contacted if there is an emergency at home?

If an emergency requires your attention the following procedures should be followed. It must be understood that communications in these areas is not guaranteed due to weather and other environmental conditions.

  1. Your family member contacts our office (who will assess if it is a genuine emergency; a sick cat would not fit this criteria!) The sat phone is required for “on track” emergencies and battery life is limited.
  2. Our office will text a message to the satellite phone; when the trek leader initialises the phone at 6.00pm each night, he / she will receive the message and immediately contact the office for instructions.

What happens with food?

Food and Menu

Produce
The best quality fresh produce and ingredients are sourced locally in season. We take care to provide healthy meals for our walkers and cater for many dietary needs upon request. Delicious hearty meals and snacks provide you with all the energy required to sustain you on your walking adventure. We take care when selecting meals to ensure that a healthy meal is available to walkers!

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other dietary options available (please ask in advance). 

Should I take electrolytes and how much water is enough?

You will need to carry a minimum of 2 litres of water on you. It is essential you hydrate in this environment. Your Trek Leader will advise the best places to fill up your water. It is essential that you take electrolytes/Gastrolyte/Hydrolyte etc with you.

Dehydration can become a major issue in all hot environments.  It is very important to keep drinking fluids on the trek. Because of the higher level of activity, temperature and humidity you will tend to sweat more. With the increased fluid intake and sweating you also tend to flush out of your system essential minerals, salts etc. This is why it is important to use electrolytes, salt replacements and Glucose type products. Water will be available to refill bladders/bottles in camp each day. Water purifying tablets can be taken as a precaution. With the different environments, conditions, food and water, upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea can occur. Please ensure you bring adequate medication as per our personnel first aid kit.

Are there opportunities for me to shower?

Of course, we are Glamping after all!

Are we supported on this trek?

Throughout this trek we will be fully supported by a support vehicle. This vehicle will take all your luggage from one overnight stay to the next so all we need to carry is our day pack.