Track Facts

“About the Track”

The Cape to Cape Track is situated in the far south western corner of Western Australia.  It runs for 135 km along the spine of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.  The Track mostly follows the coast, alternating spectacular sweeping cliff-top views with stretches of pristine beach. There are several inland loops however, which take in some lovely sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent Boranup karri forest.  Fascinating geological features, such as cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations can to be seen along the way, and the vegetation and wildflowers present an ever-changing display.
The walking varies from old 4WD vehicle tracks, to constructed pathways, and from firm, well-graded tracks to rough stony paths and sandy beaches.  There are easy sections, which make excellent day and half-day walks, while some of the wilder parts are rugged and hard going.  To tackle the whole walk is a great challenge (usually 5 – 7 days), but multiple access points along this coast also allow the Cape to Cape Track to be completed easily in smaller segments.  While there is provision for camping along the Track, there are many types of accommodation close by, enabling all comfort levels to be catered for. There are also tour operators who offer fully-guided Cape to Cape walks, and services that can offer transport between points along the Track. Click here to view Accommodation and Services Guide

Access

There is no public transport right to the Track.  Daily coach services operate between the nearby towns of Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.  Taxis are available from these towns. Contact numbers are:

South West Coachlines - 08 9754 1666  Website:  www.veoliatransportwa.com.au
TransWA - 1300 662 205  Website: www.transwa.wa.gov.au  NB.  Buses need to be pre-booked.
Taxi: Dunsborough - 08 9756 8688, Margaret River - 08 9757 3444, Augusta - 0417 914 694

Some accommodation operators also offer courtesy drop-offs and pick-ups to their guests.  Some service providers will also transport walkers &/or their cars from point to point along the Track. Click here to view Accommodation and Services Guide


 

Weather

This is generally cool and wet in winter, but hot and dry in summer.  On this coast however, it is not uncommon to experience 4 seasons in one day, so it is advisable to be prepared! Weather in the Cape to Cape Region

Tides

There is only a very small tidal range along the Capes Coast, and often only one high and low tide each day.  If you wish to check tide times for the Capes Coast, websites with details are: www.dpi.wa.gov.au/imarine/coastaldata/1328.asp (look at Cowaramup Bay and Augusta) and www.bom.gov.au/oceanography/tides  (Bunbury is the nearest station)

Signage

The Track is indicated with pine posts, with metal markers showing the track logo on the face parallel to the path.  There are routed jarrah signs at Entry / Exit points on beaches and at road intersections.  Large Trailhead Signs are placed at Cape Naturaliste, Wyadup, Gracetown, Redgate, Hamelin Bay and Cape Leeuwin Waterwheel.  Signage should never be wholly relied upon as, despite our best efforts, it does suffer from vandalism.

Hazards

The Margaret River may flow deep and fast in winter (June to October), and must be crossed with caution.  Alternatively, the Caves Road route may be taken to avoid the crossing. Other streams flow fast and deep on some occasions and need to be crossed carefully.  Crossing creeks should be done one person at a time, with pack hip and waist straps undone.  Beaches may be washed out after heavy storms.  No cliffs should be approached closer than 3 m.  If swimming, beware of rips and undertows; black and wet rocks are always slippery and should be avoided if possible.  Snakes will avoid human contact and should be left well alone.

Water

There are only limited supplies of water along the Track, especially in summer.  Walkers should plan carefully. and carry water in non-breakable, preferably small containers (1 litre) as these are easier to replenish when the opportunity arises.  Small containers also distribute the load more evenly.  Always carry at least 2 litres on a day walk, 3 - 4 litres in hot weather, and if overnighting.  All field-sourced water should be boiled or chemically treated.  Watertanks at the campsites may run dry after heavy useage, and should not be wholly relied upon.


The following are the main sources of water along the Track (North to South):
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse -  limited supply
Mt Duckworth Campsite - rainwater tank
Yallingup - town supply from taps near foreshore; bottled water from shop

Smiths Beach - bottled water from shop
Canal Rocks - spring just below track, good supply all year
Moses Campsite - rainwater tank
Gracetown - tap water should be treated; bottled water from Gracetown shop
Ellensbrook - spring water from stream above cave, good supply all year
Ellensbrook Campsite - rainwater tank
Margaret Rivermouth - tap water should be treated; bottled water from shop in Prevelly Park
Contos Campground - taps from rainwater tanks
Hamelin Bay - tap water should be treated; bottled water from shop
Deepdene Campsite - rainwater tank
Quarry Bay & Leeuwin Waterwheel - spring water all year

NB. Bobs Hollow spring can no longer be relied upon (2009).  Also, there is no water supply at Point Road or Boranup Campgrounds

Food and other Provisions

Small stores in the coastal townsites have basic supplies.  There are good supermarkets, hardware and other stores in all the nearby towns.

NB. Gracetown Store has now re-opened (December 2012)

Camping

Currently four wild campsites are in place at Mt Duckworth north of Yallingup, Moses Rock, Ellensbrook and Deepdene.  These are shown in the brochures and the Guidebook (see section below). They have water tanks, toilets and picnic tables, but there are no shelters.  There is no charge but they are ‘walk in’ only, with no vehicle access. They are suitable for small groups only. Walkers may also use the DPaW (Dept. of Parks and Wildlife) campgrounds at Contos, Point Road and Boranup, which is just off the Track near Boranup Drive Lookout.  These carry a small nightly charge of $7 per adult, $2 per child.  There are also commercial caravan parks in or near each townsite.  Camping by walkers without vehicle backup is also permitted in the National Park, anywhere along the Cape to Cape Track, so long as it is well away from road access, and 'Leave No Trace principles are adhered to.  All waste must be carried out.

Maps / Guidebooks

There are two detailed maps 1:50,000 produced by DPaW, with a section on each side (so 4 maps in total) covering the Cape to Cape Track.  These can be purchased separately ($11 each), or together in a Map Pack ($22). Please note that each section does NOT equate to one day's walk.  Each covers considerably more distance than would be comfortable for most walkers in a day.
The Cape to Cape Track Guidebook ($25) published by Cape to Cape Publishing contains detailed maps (1:25000) in small sections, track descriptions, short walk suggestions and a wealth of photographs.
Both are available from outdoor equipment shops, local Visitor Centres and DPaW offices, bookshops in Perth & throughout the South West, and other local outlets.  You may also order the maps or the guidebook direct from this site. Click here

Fires

Except at the DPaW campgrounds of Contos, Point Road and Boranup, a ‘fuel stoves only’ policy applies.  On some days in summer there is a Total Fire Ban.  If you see fire or smoke nearby, proceed with caution.  If an open fire is coming towards you, head for the beach.  During large fires, there may be temporary, signed track closures.

Walk Fees

None as yet.

Registration Stations

There is a registration station close to either end of the Track.  Please sign the visitors’ book and add your comments – your feedback is valuable.

Further Information

Please contact Friends of the Cape to Cape Track or the Busselton DPaW Office. Click here for contact details





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