7 Day Cape to Cape End To End

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7 day trek Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin

The Cape to Cape Track is seen as one of the most stunning coastal trails in Australia (maybe the world!) so join Simply Trekking and walk every step of the way.

We start with our day packs from Cape Naturaliste, gently introducing our body and mind to the wonders of trail walking enjoying amazing panoramic ocean views. We pass through small settlements, the track becomes more rugged and remote and seven days later we finish at the historic lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin.

Join Simply Trekking to stay on track to enjoy the sunrises and the sunsets, gain the mental and physical benefits of staying out in nature for the whole of the 7 days.  We do the onerous for you so that you can just walk into camp, sit down on the comfortable chair provided and relax.

 

Tour length: 7 days, starts and finishes in Dunsborough

The Cape to Cape Track is termed “moderate terrain” and we recommend some training preparation to make the walking experience the very best for you. The itinerary is set so that your longest day is your last – when you are the most track fit. We also suggest focusing on the scenery, your walking group and the moment (not the kms) and you will enjoy the whole journey and have a wonderful experience and achievement.


Day prior to depart, 5 pm onwards

Meeting place: Dunsborough Lakes Holiday Resort.

Here your tent and comfortable bed will be awaiting your arrival. For dinner we suggest you join us at Occy’s Alfresco Restaurant, 34 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough (your cost) or if you’re arriving later, a fresh cuppa and cake will be awaiting you on arrival in the camp. You can also choose to arrive by 8 am on day of tour departure. Secure vehicle storage for the 7 days of walking has been arranged with the caravan park and is inclusive of your tour cost.

 

Day one: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Yallingup 14km

We transfer to the top of Cape Naturaliste, the northern terminus of the Cape to Cape Track.

There will be time to enter the Lighthouse precinct for the gorgeous views in front of the lighthouse, if we’re lucky catch a glimpse of a whale or dolphins. The first 3 km of the C2C is an absolute delight with incredible views. From Sugarloaf Rock the track follows the edge of the cliff tops with expansive views. We reach Three Bears Surf and can take the steps leading down to the beach to then join a mix of narrow path and sandy 4-wheel drive track until we reach the small settlement of Yallingup. Dinner can be had at Caves Hotel (your cost).

 

Day two: Yallingup to Moses Rock Camp 19km

From Yallingup we walk along the top of the cliffs, then descend to Smiths Beach for some beach walking. At the south end, the track heads uphill and becomes rocky and interesting with lovely viewpoints. We pass through Injidup with an excellent viewing platform where we can take in the view and watch the surfers. We pass Quinninup Falls and the Moses Rock carpark and we descend to finish the day at Honeycombs Beach.

 

Day three: Honeycomb Beach to Gracetown 18km

The early morning at Honeycombs is gorgeous and we ascend for kilometres of panoramic views over the ocean. The towering red rocks of the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs are a highlight. Bring your bathers on this day, as you may enjoy a refreshing swim in the sheltered bay at Gracetown.

 

Day four: Gracetown to Prevelly 18km

We continue along the coast until we turn inland alongside Ellensbrook to arrive at Ellensbrook House. Here we enjoy the green grass, follow the path to the weir and up to the waterfall. The track moves further inland along a 4WD track until we come out again onto the coast and Margaret River mouth. Your private camp is set up at Prevelly Caravan Park on a powered site. We suggest a glass of wine at the Sea Garden Café watching the sun go down before having dinner at the café (your cost).

 

Day five: Prevelly to Contos 19km

From our campsite, we climb gently onto the escarpment and descend down to lovely Redgate Beach. The sand-walking can be challenging but the scenery makes up for it. The next 7km stretch stays above the ocean, meandering through short coastal scrub and offering up superb views along the way. Bob’s Hollow is a hidden little gem and then we skirt the cliff tops looking over Conto Beach to reach Conto’s campground and our private campsite amongst the trees. Bush shower is available.

 

Day six: Contos to Hamelin Bay 21km

The first 15km section is easy walking on firm forest tracks through some spectacular karri forest. We then turn towards the ocean and pop out through sand dunes onto Boranup Beach for a 6km beach walk. This beach is usually hard packs and easy walking. You can see Hamelin Bay in the distance, a wide sweeping bay, great swimming, stingrays to view, and wooden walkways and rocky lookouts.

 

Day seven: Hamelin to Augusta Deepdene 26km

From Hamelin Bay, there is a short loop detour to White Cliff Point with some beautiful views, then down to the beach into Foul Bay (strange name as its lovely) then walk inland to reach the Foul Bay lighthouse and have more fantastic views. From Cozy Corner Road you’re at the start of an interesting limestone platform which is made of limestone and is full of gaps and holes. During large swells, blow holes can be heard and seen. We have to carefully pick our way across the flat rock, watching for the holes!. Deepdene Beach is a wide and sweeping beach and we follow this beach 7km then climb up above the Augusta Cliffs and the track meanders along inland until it reaches Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, southern terminus of the Cape-to-Cape Track.

We transfer back to Dunsborough Lakes Holiday Resort by 3 pm.

 

Ex Dunsborough your trek includes:

  • Trek poles x 2 and pair of gaiter
  • Twin-share tent with above ground comfortable bed
  • Duffle bag
  • Food bag
  • Fresh fruit & salad
  • Camp stove, gas, cooking and & eating utensils
  • Pre-trek group briefing via zoom (3 weeks prior)
  • 7 days of guided hiking
  • Camping fees 7 nights and vehicle safe storage for 7 days
  • Transport to Cape Naturaliste and back to Dunsborough Caravan Park

Please note that the dates shown do not include travel to and from Perth.
Single tent supplement $250

Covid details will be forwarded closer to the date.

For terms & conditions


You will need:

  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 6 lunches ( you can purchase lunch at Gracetown café)
  • 4 Dinners (you can purchase dinner at Yallingup & Prevelly)

We provide 2 pieces of fresh fruit per person each day.

Optional: barbecue meals that you prepare yourselves at Contos and Hamelin campsites can be arranged.

 

BYO Gear

We confirm that there will be a first aid it and emergency satellite communicator for the trek group carried by the guide.

 

Each day you will need in your day pack (we recommend Osprey):

  • Day pack waterproof liner (ziplock bags arfe fine)
  • 2 x one litre water containers, plastic tonic or soda bottles are suitable
  • Fixomul – small roll at chemist to prevent blisters
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • 2 sachets Hydrolyte Electrolytes
  • 2 hiking snacks and a lunch

 

You will need each day whilst hiking:

  • 1 sunhat covering ears and neck
  • 1 pair hike boots or joggers – work in and comfortable
  • 3 pairs wool socks (swap around)
  • 1 underwear for each day
  • 1 pair of long trousers or shorts – loose and lightweight
  • 1 long-sleeved top, shirt, or short-sleeved t-shirt. You wear the same one for at least 2 days
  • 1 long-sleeved jumper to wear while hiking – lightweight, we recommend wool
  • 1 lightweight rain jacket or poncho

 

Your camp gear packed into the duffle bag provided (to be transported):

  • Sleeping bag – we recommend down (available to hire)
  • Pillow – small and light
  • 1 warm jacket, thermal or polar fleece
  • 1 beanie & gloves if you feel the cold
  • 1 pair camp shoes – hiking sandals, runners
  • 2 loose-fitting pants for camp and sleeping
  • Hiking shirts – sufficient for a clean shirt for every 2nd day
  • 1 pair warm socks to keep feet warm and insects off your feet at night
  • Head torch
  • Travel towel
  • Personal toiletries – travel size
  • Hydrolyte eletrolytes – sufficient for 2 per day

 

BYO Food for the trek

We provide 2 pieces of fruit per person. We recommend LOW GI foods for long-term energy.

 

Breakfast

We recommend repacking into daily ziplock bags weighing approx. 150g each:

  • Powdered milk
  • Porridge
  • Muslei
  • Cereal
  • Oat bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Protein smoothies

 

Lunch

Pack in large ziplock bags then prepare for each day hike at breakfast time. Make sure they are easy to prepare and eat on the trail. There are days when you can purchase fresh already-made lunch roll where available (see Itinerary).

  • Pita or mountain break (keeps well in sealed plastic)
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes
  • Tuna, beans, salad packets
  • Non-refrigerated cheese https://foodsforantiaging.com/6-cheeses-that-can-be-left-unrefrigerated/
  • Salami, mettwurst, kabana, fritz
  • Kupe mayonnaise (Japanese)
  • Jam, honey, peanut past
  • Dry crackers (Vita Wheats, Ryvita)

 

Dinner

Supermarket lightweight quick-to-cook meals. Preferably no cans as we need to ttansport each hiker’s bag, including rubbish.

Pack each day’s dinner into a ziplock bag, with a separate ziplock for condiments.

Soup and snacks to start while you’re waiting for dinner.

Soups: Hart & Soul, Nutrish, Miso

Snacks: Wasabi peas, soya chips etc

Dinner suggestions: search online Woolworths pantry, International foods, Asian, and Indian.

 

Asian

  • Rice & Udon noodles
  • Hart & Soul lentil dinners (add peas)
  • Oban sweet potato noodles
  • Ramyun noodles (add boiled egg, tuna, peas)
  • Rice & bean vermicelli noodles
  • Thin Hokkien Noodles
  • Chinese pork sausage
  • Five Tastes shots
  • Doree fried garlic
  • Dried mushrooms with flavouring

 

Indian

  • Hart & Soul lentil curry (add peas)
  • Pataks lentil & veges heat and eat
  • MTR ready-to-eat meals
  • Passage to India vege curries
  • Ashoka ready-to-eat
  • Naan bread can be kept in sealed plastic out of the fridge for a few days. Heat up in frypan.

 

Other dinner ideas

  • Dehydrated peas
  • Deb dried potatoe (use for energy and to thicken dinner, packets with onion are best)
  • Sachets of tuna/salmon
  • Salami
  • Tandaco one pan dinner
  • Dinner Winner
  • Couscous with herbs, nuts, seeds
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Vegetables that will survive without refrigeration – potatoes, carrots, corn, cabbage, tomatoes
  • Kewpie salad dressings
  • Spices to add to your food
  • Oil and condiments in small tight-lidded containers

 

Sweets

  • Pancakes
  • Popcorn
  • marshmallows – campfire smores

 

Trek Snacks

Very important to eat only low GI whilst trekking to avoid energy highs & lows.

Repack an assortment of snacks into daily snaplock bags – 150g per morning, 100g for afternoon (jerky is good for pm).

  • Nuts – almond, cashews, brazils, peanuts
  • Dried fruit – mango, apples, apricots, etc
  • Fruit leather
  • Health food bars (check sugar)
  • Rice crackers, biscuits
  • Jerky
  • Biltong

 

On arrival at camp

It is recommended to eat a snack within 30 mins of arriving at camp to assist with muscle recovery

  • Soup with protein
  • Protein bar
  • Chocolates, nuts, biscuits

 

 

How fit do you have to be to be able to complete this epic track?

Hiking with a day pack on this track is open to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. It is an exhilarating trek, but it will have its challenges for you and to get the best out of the experience, we suggest that preparation prior is important. To really test your ability to handle soft sand beach walking, and some steep (but short) climbs over loose limestone, we recommend for your training, to get off footpaths and bitumen as much as possible. As we all have busy lives, it may be that you can only fit in 1 hour walk two or three times a week and you may have to do this close to home on flat paths, but that’s better than nothing.

Extended day hikes, along with the 2 to 3 times a week, we recommend fitting a few hikes of 15km or more, with a day pack so that you get accustomed to what you will be doing on the multi-day hiking tours. The Bibbulmun Track, out of Kalamunda, has plenty of ascents and descents to give you and your body a good tryout.


Hiking boots/shoes & wool socks
We strongly recommend that you have very well-worn-in boots that you have trained in. Completing extended walks, greater than 15km, will trial new socks and boots allowing for you to have a blister free 7 days of hiking on the Cape to Cape.


Blister prevention
Purchase a couple of small rolls of Fixomull (chemist). Cut pieces to size and stick them on your feet prior to hiking for blister prevention. Also, if whilst you’re hiking you feel “minor rubbing or a hot spot”, stop straight away and cover with Fixomull. The Fixomull breathes and will stay on your feet over several days even when you shower.


Camp shoes
We recommend that you bring suitable sandals as your camp shoes so that they could also be used on sandy stretches or if blisters occur with your main pair of shoes/boots.