The idea of a walking track along the Capes coastline was conceived in the 1970s but it was in the early 1990s that it began to take shape. It was constructed initially by joining existing tracks along the coast and through the forest, also using beaches where they could be safely traversed. This alignment is constantly being improved with more dedicated walking paths as funds become available. Many community groups, school groups and volunteers have been involved with this work. In 1998, a Friends group was formed to assist what is now the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in the development of the Track, and this group now plays a vital role in shaping its future.