Dec Teen 7 Day Cape to Cape Trek

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Availability: 10-17 Dec 2022.

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The Cape to Cape walk trail is 3.5 hours south of Perth and traverses 135km along the ridge and beaches of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park following the coast to endpoint Cape Leeuwin. The walk takes in amazing views of sea and landscapes, wildflowers, and the stunning Indian Ocean. The trail explores the coastal region’s natural secrets, deserted white beaches, ancient granite boulders, limestone cliffs, and secluded swimming spots.  On this trek, you have the luxury of passing through settlements where you can enjoy a choice of basic campsites to caravan park with fresh food and drinks.  Our itinerary includes three half days and our longest day is 20km making it a very doable and enjoyable trekking experience.  It is the choice of the group if they wish to  make it an 8 day hike so that they experience the delight of the still pre dawn on Deepdene Beach with the tiny Cape Leeuwin lighthouse coming into view through the pinky purple sky.

Please note that the dates shown do not include travel to and from Perth.

Please be aware that Simply Trekking may choose, due to weather, temperatures or bush fire, to transfer this trek to Walpole to Denmark (a 7 day trek that is accessible via TransWA bus). Walpole to Denmark trek has an even more dramatic scenery and includes the Valley of the Giants (Tree Top Walk), canoeing the Irwin Inlet and climbing Monkey Rock and Mt Hallowell.

terms & conditions

This trek meets the requirements of:
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
 Adventurous journey  Gold – Practice & Qualifying

Simply Trekking endorses and includes in all guide training child safety policies as set out in https://dukeofed.com.au/about-the-award/the-award/safeguarding/
and https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/our-work/child-safe-organisations-wa/

 

7/8 day trek Cape to Cape

The 135km Cape to Cape Track follows the coast from Cape Naturaliste along the beautiful Indian Ocean to Cape Leeuwin.   It passes through a few small settlements, gently winds up and down small hills, and has many sections walking on beaches.  The coastline features rocky headlands, cliff sections, karri forest and empty white sand beaches.  We walk north to south – having the sun behind us so we can see the coastline clearly and it allows us to slowly build our hiking stamina for the more challenging southern sections.

Meeting place & time:
8.00am
    Dunsborough Visitors Centre, 31 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough

Finish place & time:
12 noon  Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta

Day one: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Yallingup   13.7 km  Sat  

We start on a sealed track and boardwalk with viewing platforms out to Sugarloaf Rock and then the track changes to limestone as we start the Cape to Cape Track properly with all its sand, lumps and up and downs. At Three Bears Surf and we take the steps leading down to the beach.  The next section is a mix of narrow path and sandy 4-wheel drive track until we reach the small settlement of Yallingup.
Food required: Lunch and morning snack  (Dinner you purchase)

 

Day two:  Yallingup to Moses Rock Camp   20.5km Sun

From Yallingup we walk along 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 the surf beach Injidup to reach the small detour to Quinninup Falls which flows winter and spring. Moses Rock Campsite tucked away under the trees but it does a fabulous viewpoint for sunset.
Food required:  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, am & pm snacks

 

Day three:  Moses Rock to Ellenbrook campsite   22km Mon

Today the track follows alongside the ocean under we descend down to cross Wilyabrup Brook. We meander down and then up again on a staircase to arrive at the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. Lunch can be bought today from Gracetown café https://www.facebook.com/graciesgeneral/
We continue along the coast until we turn inland to Ellensbrook Homestead. It is only a short distance now to our campsite beside Ellens Brook.
Food required: Breakfast,  am snack, (lunch you purchase at Gracetown café), Dinner

 

Day four: Ellensbrook to Prevelly  14km Tues

We start inland and follow old 4wd tracks back out to the coast and then descend and cross the Margaret River mouth. At Prevelly Caravan Park we collect your food drop for coming 4 hike days. Today your lunch and dinner can be bought from Sea Garden Café, Prevelly Caravan Park or prepare your own at the camp kitchen.
Food required:  Breakfast, am snack (lunch & dinner you purchase in Prevelly)

 

Day five: Prevelly to Contos  20km Wed

From Prevelly we climb up inland up onto the escarpment but still with views over the ocean. We walk Redgate Beach and then climb again above the ocean. Bob’s Hollow, a chain down the cliff side, a cave then skirting the cliff tops above Conto Beach add to this hiking day.  Conto’s campground that is very well set out with a camp kitchen and little private campsites amongst the trees.
Food required:  Breakfast, am snack, lunch, pm snack, dinner.

Day six:  Contos to Hamelin Bay    21km   Thurs

Today we enter the karri forest. It’s easy walking for 15km before you turn to the ocean again to pop out through sand dunes onto Boranup Beach and Hamelin Bay.
Food required: Breakfast, am snack, lunch, pm snack, dinner.

Day seven: Hamelin to Deepdene 10.5km   Fri

We have a relaxing start from Hamelin Bay, as there’s lots to see. Wooden walkways over rocky lookouts and especially the viewing of the multitude of sting rays that come into feed. We can take 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.  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 carefully pick our way across the flat rock, watching for the holes!  Deepdene campsite is set back up and over the sand dune in a tree lined campsite with picnic table.
Food required: Breakfast, am snack, lunch, pm snack in campsite, dinner.

 

Day eight: Deepdene to Cape Leeuwin 17.5  Sat

This morning, we have a 7km walk along Deepdene Beach and about half way we get our first glimpse of the lighthouse. The track climbs up above the Augusta Cliffs, meanders inland then back out to coast, to the historic water wheel and the lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin.
Food required: Breakfast, am snack (lunch you purchase at Lighthouse Café or have your parents bring something hot and yummy from Augusta)

 

Food drop for Prevelly:  

Include all foods required from Day 5,6,7, & 8 and bring in separate bag to Dunsborough meeting place on Saturday

 

Your  journey experience includes:

Ultralight backpack, cover, waterproof liner, tent, gaiters, trek pole/s
7/8 days of guided hiking
Food drop at Prevelly
Caravan park camping fees
Transport (to start of track and from the finish)

 

CHECKLIST FOR TREK EQUIPMENT & CLOTHES

Supplied by Simply Trekking:

  • Backpack 65L Osprey ultralight adjustable backpack
  • Backpack waterproof liner
  • Tent or Sleeping Cocoon & Tarp combo
  • Gaiters supplied in spring, autumn and summer

To be supplied by participant:

  • 4 medium waterproof zip lock plastic bags to separate clothes, toiletries, food in pack
  • 1 large waterproof zip lock plastic bag – for your sleeping bag and mat
  • Sleeping bag (must be rated at or below 0°). A liner will also add warmth.
  • Sleeping mat (foam or inflatable)
  • Cup, or mug, bowl and spoon  pocketknife if needed
  • Head torch
  • 2 x 1 litre water bottles (plain, no straws )
  • Personal rubbish bag (for food, wrappers)
  • Personal first aid kit (with required medication, we recommend fixomul for blisters.
  • Personal toiletries, toothbrush, lip balm, deodorant, moisturiser (buy travel size)

 

Items that could be shared in Group

  • Stove, matches and fuel – preferably gas
  • Water purification tablets (puritabs/ aquatabs, micropure)
  • Pots lightweight – 900 or 550 ml
  • Toiletries – toilet paper, insect repellent, sunscreen
  • Hydrolyte Electrolytes – one sachet/tablet per day is required (available from chemist).

 

Daytime/Walking Clothing

  • Boots or sturdy shoes – worn in and comfortable (at least 2 weeks wear)
  • Socks – pair for each day & to keep the   insects off your feet at night
  • Knickers/jocks – pair for each day
  • Long trousers – loose and lightweight
  • Long-sleeved top, cotton/synthetic, or collared shirt
  • Lightweight jumper (winter and summer)
  • Sun hat (not a baseball cap as it doesn’t protect your neck & ears)
  • Lightweight rain jacket or plastic poncho (to use if it rains heavily)

 

Night change clothes

  • Warm jacket, thermal or polar fleece (winter and summer)
  • Long loose-fitting pants for camp and sleeping
  • Long sleeved loose top or t-shirt
  • Beanie, head sox or scarf, gloves if you feel the cold
  • Camp shoes e.g. lightweight sandals/crocs/thongs

Backpack with trek gear, food & water is to weigh only 20% of the participant’s body weight (please ensure that you weigh yourself then put the full backpack on and weigh again.  Calculate the difference between and if it is higher than 20% your body weight, then it is essential that items are removed until you reach only 20%)

To reach 20%, ultralight trek gear (eg sleeping bag, mattress) is available for hire

 

 

Teen Hike Preparation & Guidelines

This trek belongs to the participants:  The guides are there to facilitate and ensure that everyone is safe.   We encourage decision making by the teen group, we create opportunities for the teens to develop new skills, get physically active and experience adventure.

Hiking procedure: Each day we walk three to four hours at a leisurely pace with a stop every hour to snack, have fun and explore.  At least one day will be a challenge requiring 5 hours. We keep our participating group small so that our two guides can provide support and encouragement to each individual participant as our aim is for each to enjoy the experience as well as achieve their goals.

Hiking training: Hiking requires a reasonable level of fitness.   We suggest that you use an app on your phone and ensure that you can walk on a cycle way or other smooth surface at least 5km per hour.  We recommend training once a week prior to the trek by walking for approximately two hours.  Both the Bibbulmun and the Cape to Cape Track are undulating and have an uneven surface plus you will be carrying a backpack that weighs 20% of your body weight.   If you are able to walk at 5km per hour on a flat or smooth surface, then you should be able to hike with confidence, keep up with the group and complete the kms per day required within the 3-5 hours required.

Keeping in contact: Each family or a nominated group coordinator will receive a text each afternoon/night confirming that the group has “arrived at the campsite and all is good”.  We recommend that the teen participants keep their phones on flight mode whilst away and not be in contact with the outside world.  Teens staying offline enables greater teen group interaction and cohesion.