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Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River Trails WA Top Trail Icon

  • Multiple day
  • 123 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

The Cape to Cape Walk Track runs for 123 kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of Western Australia.  It features spectacular coastal and forest scenery, a fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers.

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Trail Start

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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, 13km from Dunsborough, which is 255km (3 hours) south of Perth

Trail End

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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Leeuwin Road, Augusta which is 306km (3hrs 15mins) south of Perth.

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Designed to bring people in close contact with the environment, the track mainly follows the coast, alternating spectacular sweeping cliff-top views with stretches of pristine beach. There are several inland loops, which take in some lovely sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent Boranup karri forest.  

The trail varies from old 4WD vehicle tracks, constructed pathways, firm well-graded tracks, to rough stony paths and sandy beaches.  There are easy sections, which make excellent half-day and day walks, while some of the wilder parts are rugged and hard going.  To tackle the whole walk is a great challenge. usually five to seven days, but multiple access points along the coast allow the track to be completed easily in smaller segments. 

Several tour operators  offer fully-guided walks and with camping along the Track and many types of accommodation close by, all comfort levels are catered for.

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 carpark.  (Toilet)
  • A section of the Track between the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf Rock carpark has been sealed. It covers a distance of approximately 3.8km. 

DOWNLOADABLE ROUTE FILES

The KML file depicted on the map may not be the most up-to-date.

Check under the LINKS TAB for the most up-to-date downloadable route files for the long trails: Cape to Cape Track, Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track.

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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

5 - 8 days end-to-end. Trail can be walked in smaller sections including day walks

Length

Distance depends on section of trail chosen.

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, 13km from Dunsborough, which is 255km (3 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Leeuwin Road, Augusta which is 306km (3hrs 15mins) south of Perth.

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

Moderate to difficult depending on section of trail.

Hazards & Warnings

Take care at water crossings. Beaches may be washed out after heavy storms

Facilities

Assisted wheelchair access is provided for first 3.8km of trail.

There are four campsites, with tent areas, pit toilet and water tank - accessible only by hikers.

There are drive in bush camp sites which can be accessed from the Track, such as Conto's, Point Road and Boranup. Check out the Parks Stay website for details: https://parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au

In addition there are also several privately managed campgrounds with vehicle access, e.g. Yallingup, Gracetown, Prevelly and Hamelin Bay.
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Camping
  • Lookouts

Best time of year

September to November

Trail Access

Road

Prohibited Items

No pets or fires. Use a fuel stove for cooking
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4 trail goers have rated Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River as 4.75 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Mike Crane

Reviewed 18 Nov 2016, 3:38pm

Great walk over six days with my son, not to be taken lightly. To train for this walk, put 15kg on your back and walk up and down sand dunes for eight hours at a time! I couldn't make up my mind what hurt the most, the sunburn, the sandflies, my calves, my knees or my back.
We would do it again tomorrow.
Kate Runs

Reviewed 12 Nov 2016, 8:50am

Ran a half marathon on part of this track, absolutely beautiful and great mixed terrain for a trail run!
steve bennett

Reviewed 24 Aug 2015, 9:02am

Excellent walk, took our time over 7 days and loved every second. Lots of variety of sand, trail, caves, bush and towns. The coast is spectacular.
steve bennett

Reviewed 20 Mar 2014, 11:55am

This is a must do for every bucket list. One week is all you need and the scenery is absolutely magnificent.

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