The Cape to Cape walk is a long-distance coastal walking trail that runs 135 km from the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste to the lighthouse at cape Leeuwin. The trail is down the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. It’s located in the famed holiday hot spot, The Margaret River Region which is known for its vineyards, caves, and a beautiful coast with beaches, cliffs, and surf. The Margaret River Region is located about 250 km south of the Western Australia capital city of Perth. The Cape to Cape Walk Track takes 5 to 7 days to complete; however you can spend longer on the walk by adding in extra days to relax or spend in the National Park and surrounding region. There are designated campsites along the track where you can choose to stay or a variety of other accommodations in each section of the track.

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Cape Freycinet Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Hughesdarren – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11729349

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Cape to Cape Track Photo Credit: CapeToCapeTrack.com.au

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Deepdene Camp Site Photo Credit: CapeToCapeTrack.com.au

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Cape to Cape Track Registration Section Photo Credit: CapeToCapeTrack.com.au

Hiring a Car in the Margaret River Region

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Margaret River Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Margaret River Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

The Margaret River is about a three hour drive south from the capital city of Perth. That is the largest city in Western Australia so there are many different car rental locations in the Perth  and surrounds where you can hire a car or 4WD vehicle and travel down to the Margaret River Region. However you can also hire a car from nearby Bunbury  just north of the Margaret River. Or you can choose to hire a car in Albany  and travel from Albany, on the southern coast, and travel west along the South Coast Highway where you will pass potential destinations at 5 different national parks along with way to the Margaret River Region. You will definitely want your own rental car when in the Margaret River Region, Perth, and surrounds because it allows you to see what you want to see when you want and come and go as you please. Click on any of the links to get a great car rental price quote. When you are planning out your trip, consult with our expert agents, they can help you pick the right vehicle for your needs and the rugged Western Australian terrain. While exploring this region, check out some of our previous blog posts for ideas on what to do here:

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips:Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk Itinerary

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Cape to Cape Track Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

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Cape to Cape Track Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

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Cape to Cape Track Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk is great anytime of the year, you might see dolphins along the coast all year long. From June to September is whale watching season when migrating humpback and southern right whales are passing close to the coast on their way from the Southern Ocean further north to their breeding grounds. One of the great things about this walk is that it isn’t only about the coast; you can also see some inland sections of the Margaret River Region like the Bonarup Forest where you will find the majestic karri trees.

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Cape to Cape Track Photo Credit: CapeToCapeTrack.com.au

There are guided walking tours, group walks, or you can walk on your own. There are different areas for different fitness levels and experiences. Some areas of the track are easy while others are more rugged and difficult. You will find everything from sandy beaches to rough stony paths to firm, well-graded tracks. Do your research if you are not an experienced and advanced level bushwalker. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to remember that you are a guest in nature and much of this land is a protected national park. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.

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Cape to Cape Walk Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Hughesdarren – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11729526

If a long, multi-day trek isn’t your thing, it is absolutely fine to just do small sections of the walk, get a little exercise and take in the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. Here is some information on sections of the track that accommodate wheelchairs / prams / frames etc. include:

  • Ellensbrook Homestead 1km paved path and boardwalk to Meekadarabee Cave and Falls.  (Toilet)
  • Ellensbrook Beach 200 metre paved path to coastal lookout.  (No toilet)
  • Redgate Beach Coastal lookout at main car park.  (Toilet)
  • A section of the Track between the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf Rock Carpark is also being sealed. The first stage is complete and now running from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse down to Sandpatches car park, a distance of approximately 2.2km.

Here is a suggested 7 day itinerary to give you an idea of what you can do on this magnificent walk.

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Cape to Cape Track Sections Map Photo Credit: CapeToCapeTrack.com.au

Day 1: Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup

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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Cape Naturaliste is our starting point on the walk; it is the cape on the north end of the walk. The walk from Cape Naturaliste is a pretty easy walk with some beach walking (watch for dolphins!) and mostly cliff-top walking. It is a total distance of 14 km.

Day 2 Yallingup to Moses Rock

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Cape to Cape Track Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

This day’s work starts out with a morning beach walk along the white sand beaches which are in sharp contrast to the beautiful turquoise waters. The 18 km walk for the day ends in Injidup, known for surfing. Places to visit here include Quinninup Falls and gorgeous ocean views at Moses Rock.

Day 3: Moses Rock to Gracetown

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Cape to Cape Track Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

Day three is a 16 km walk, mostly easy with a few hills and sandy patches. The scenery includes some amazing cliff-top coastal views, especially the towering red rocks of Willyabrup.

Day 4: Gracetown to Margaret River Mouth

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Boranup Beach Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Hughesdarren – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15897919

This day begins with morning tea at the historic homestead of Ellensbrook. Then, head inland to explore different landscapes. The track heads back to the coast after lunch, passing Cape Mentelle and then ending at the mouth of the Margaret River. If the weather is warm enough, take a refreshing dip!

Day 5: Margaret River Mouth to Boranup Forest

 

Boranup Forest Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Hughesdarren – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15897918

Even though, you can cover 25 km on this section, it is not considered one of the more difficult days of the trek. First, head inland to Boodjidup Brook for morning tea. Then, it’s a beach walk with lunch at Redgate. After lunch, the trail is cliff-top all the way to the Contos Campground for afternoon tea.

Day 6: Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner

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Hamelin Bay Photo Credit: CapeToCapeTrack.com.au

Exploring the karri forest and maybe even climbing a karri tree or two is a great way to start out day 6. Then, you will once-again walk along the aqua-blue waters and have a picnic lunch in Hamelin Bay. After lunch, the walk takes you up to the Foul Bay Lighthouse where you will be able to capture sweeping, panoramic views of the coast.

Day 7: Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin

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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The last day’s trek is 21 km long walking along a limestone ledge along the coast. One of the highlights is the blowholes. Once you reach Cape Leeuwin, that is the end of the Cape to Cape Track.

More on the Great Walks of Australia

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk in Western Australia is one of the nine Great Walks of Australia. The other walks include:

The Scenic Rim Trail in Brisbane

The Arkaba Walk in South Australia

The Larapinta Trail (Part One) and (Part Two)

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walks in Tasmania

The Freycinet Experience Walk in Tasmania

The Maria Island Walk in Tasmania