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.
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).
- 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.
- 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.