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Cape to Cape Track

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Cape to Cape Track

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The Cape to Cape Walk is in the south-west corner of Western Australia. The trail is 135km in length traversing the coast between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.


Its start and finish are the lighthouses at the tips of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. The Track extends over 135 km of coastal scenery, sheltered forests and pristine beaches, and is in close proximity to the caves, vineyards and other features and attractions of the Margaret River Region.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The northern trailhead is 15km west-northwest of Dunsborough and ends 6km shy of Augusta. Both places can be reached from Perth on the Bussell Hwy.

By Bus[edit]

Transwa buses pass through Dunsborough and Augusta. You will need to find a way to get to the trailhead.

Via the Meelup Trail[edit]

The 13.5km Meelup Trail joins the town of Dunsborough to the northern trailhead of the Cape to Cape Track.

Get around[edit]

The Track consists of a combination of different types of terrain and surface. It varies from smooth, wide, sealed paths, to narrow rocky paths, disused 4WD tracks, soft sandy beaches and a few rough scrambles. It is designed as a single-use walking track, and cannot sustain the wear and tear of other users such as horses and mountain bikes. Some sections are hard-surfaced for wheelchair access. The path from Ellensbrook Homestead to Meekadarabee Cave is paved and boardwalked, and there is a wheelchair-friendly section between Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf Rock. It takes most people 5-7 days to walk the full length.

Track marking[edit]

Square pine posts mark the way roughly every 100–200 m, each post bearing the yellow and white Track logo. Larger wooden signs usually show the way off beaches.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The trail passes though Yallingup, Smiths Beach, Gracetown, Prevelly, and Hamelin Bay along the way. All have commercial campgrounds/caravan parks and several offer other accommodations.

Free campsites, sited 1 day's walk apart (20-25km), offer a toilet, watertank, and places to pitch your tent. Because of bushfire risk open fires are prohibited, so bring along your own cooking equipment.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Towns have opportunities to eat or restock your supplies. Eating along the trail is BYO and DIY.

Stay safe[edit]

There are not many water supplies along the track, especially not potable water. In summer it can become quite hot, so you need a minimum of 2L drinking water a day. Ensure you have the equipment to carry a significant load of water.

In summer ultraviolet radiation levels are extreme so make sure you have adequate body covering and sunblocker, and a good hat.

Significant sections of the track have no mobile telephone reception, so it is advisable to carry a Personal Locator Beacon if you are walking in a small group.

Get out[edit]

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