Pre-arrival day – Drive down from Perth and check into accommodation at Surfpoint Resort, right on the beach at Gnarabup. Go for a swim and then enjoy dinner provided at the Resort at 8pm service time (to allow those to get down from Perth after work).
Cape Naturaliste to Smiths Beach 16.75km
Enjoy a continental breakfast at Surfpoint Resort, then a morning pick up by your driver at 8am, and you will hike on the fantastic stretch from Cape Naturaliste to Smiths Beach – 16.75km. Begin the hike at Cape Naturaliste, the first section of the Cape to Cape Track. This starts with a gentle downhill stroll on the ‘access-for-all’ section of track to the stunning vistas of Sugar Loaf Rock. The Track then runs along an extended section of carved limestone sea cliffs before reaching the coastal hamlet of Yallingup. After Yallingup pass over the granite headland at Torpedo Rock and on to the fabled Smiths Beach.
Smith’s Beach to Moses Rock 16km
From Smiths the topography changes quickly as giant granite marbles dominate near Canal Rocks. Travel high over the ridge and past Rotary Lookout, before dropping back down on to the beach at Injidup. Travel up high over the ridge, through the coastal tee tree and back onto the wild south-west facing coast. Weave through stunning areas of limestone cliff and granite before ending at the fantastic Moses Rock.
Moses Rock to Gracetown 16.25kms
The Track rises high over several large limestone headlands before flattening out on Willyabrup Beach. A wonderfully constructed staircase then guides walkers up and onto the stunning sea cliffs of Wilyabrup Cliffs. After passing the cliffs, the Track drops back down onto the beach, passing the famous, surfing breaks of Gallows and Guillotines. The coast then turns decidedly rocky as it weaves over picturesque granite boulders and finally into the pretty hamlet of Gracetown. Relax here and enjoy an afternoon dip before a CCET staff member will collect you with your dinner.
Gracetown to Surfpoint Resort 21.5km
Gracetown to Ellensbrook. between Ellensbrook and Surf Point Resort at Gnarabup (15.5kms). We will provide you with a delicious lunch to have out on the coastline. If the water levels are too high to cross the Margaret River Mouth in Prevelly by foot, we will be canoed across, adding an extra bit of excitement to your day! After hiking for the day return to the Resort for a delicious dinner.
Surfpoint Resort to Boranup Forest 22km
You will hike the highlight stretch of the Cape to Cape Track today, 22.5km in total, beginning at the Resort and then heading out along the ridge, up Boodjidup Brook and Beach and then onto the historic Redgate Beach – a local surfing and fishing favourite. Next is very likely one of the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track: the scenic coastal cliffs at Bob’s Hollow and Contos. Enter the majestic Karri filled Boranup Forest, home to the world’s third tallest hardwood. The solid track under foot and afternoon shade of the karri trees make it all seem easy!
Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner 20.5km
Start amongst the tall Karris of Boranup Forest, home to an array of wildlife and wildflowers in season. Head south, back into the coastal heath, and down onto the stunningly beautiful Boranup Beach. 7kms of sand walking later, find the protected Hamelin Bay, home to some of the Cape’s friendliest stingrays who love a feed of freshly caught fish! Continue on past the many islands and headlands until you arrive at the stunning Cosy Corner.
Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin 20.5km
The last leg of the Cape to Cape Track faces more into the south than the rest of the coast. True wilderness with limited road access, the sights are reserved for the local hooded plovers and you. Granite headlands are broken up by long sections of shoe-sucking sand. Formidable, but every step takes you closer to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the moment of celebration!
Pack up and head back to the city, refreshed and ready to tackle the new week with plenty of amazing memories and stories to tell!
Daily Distance: 124km, walking 16-22 km / day for 7 days