Cape to Cape Walk | WA, Australia, 2010

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Day 1 Sunset over the Indian Ocean

Distance : 83.9 miles (135 km)

Avg. Time : 5 or 6 days

Start / Finish :

  • Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.
  • No public transport available to either trailhead.
  • Reasonably priced taxis are available to Cape Naturaliste from Dusborough and from Augusta to Cape Leeuwin. Click here for details.

Season : All year.

Maps / Info :

  • Two options for this well marked track: guidebook or map set.
  • The Cape to Cape Guidebook contains trekking notes, photos, information on flora and fauna and twenty-two 1:25,000 topographic maps which cover the entire track.
  • The map set, produced by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), consists of two 1:50,000 topographical maps which are reasonably detailed, waterproof, tear-resistant and all you really need for navigation purposes.
  • The largish size and weight of the guidebook make the map set a more practical option to carry on the walk. The guidebook makes for a nice souvenir.
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Overlooking the Indian Ocean

Route / Conditions :

  • Navigationally speaking the Cape to Cape is an easy walk. You never stray too far from the coast and it is relatively well signed from start to finish.
  • For the most part the walking isn’t overly difficult. The odd sand dune, a few hills and some rugged coastal stretches. Otherwise the terrain is relatively mellow.
  • It is possible to top up your supplies in Yallingup, Gracetown, Prevelly and Hamelin Bay. That being said, prices are high and choices are limited. I recommend bringing your supplies from either Dunsborough or Augusta.
  • Water is available from rainwater tanks at the campsites and the occasional spring. Officially speaking, it is recommended that all water be treated. Unofficially, I found the campsite water to be fine and never heard of anyone having any intestinal problems during my hike (November, 2010).

Sleeping :

  • Bring a tent. Campsites situated at Mt. Duckworth, Moses Rock, Ellensbrook, Contos and Deepdene. Moses Rock and Contos are the pick of the bunch. All campsites have toilets and water.
  • Indoor accomodation is available at Yallingup, Gracetown, Prevelly and Hamelin Bay. Click here for details.
  • Great value and highly recommended is Surfpoint @ Prevelly.

 

Overview :

  • Jagged limestone cliffs, pounding surf, gorgeous sunsets, impossibly white sands and the transparent waters of Hamelin Bay. A stunning hike from start to finish.
  • Although the lion’s share of the scenery is coastal, there is a short but enjoyable stretch through the state’s most westerly stand of Karri trees just south of Contos campground.
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Much of the Cape to Cape Track is along beaches.

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