Following the coastline of Western Australia’s beautiful South West is the 123km long Cape to Cape Track (C2C). The C2C is an outstandingly scenic challenging multi-day hike that takes you along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. This spectacular trail features stunning scenery including coastal clifftops and headlands, caves, blow holes, pristine beaches, waterfalls, rock climbs, karri forest, a hidden oasis and river mouth crossings plus so much more.
Off The Beaten Track WA will guide you from Cape Naturalist to Cape Leeuwin for 7 days of hiking bliss along the Cape to Cape track on our all inclusive Cape to Cape End to End Multi-Day Hike & Camp Experience!
Day 1 | Friday 25 September 2020 (Departing Perth 7am)
Cape Naturaliste – Mt Duckworth 10.8km
We will depart Perth at 7am with our sights set on the beautiful South West region of WA. Kicking off your 7 day hiking adventure from the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse you will begin your journey gently by following the boardwalks downhill to Sugar Loaf Rock. The track then takes you up on top of coastal clifftops then out on to Three Bears Beach before heading up a steep sand dune and back along the ridge. The final stretch on day 1 will be along some 4wd tracks that lead to Mt Duckworth Campsite. Day 1 is a nice easy distance which allows you to adjust to carrying a heavy pack and settle into camp early to rest for a big day 2 on the track!
Day 2 | Saturday 26 September 2020
Mt Duckworth – Moses Rock 23.5km
A long 23.5km today but a very enjoyable section indeed! You’ll start the day by passing through the coastal hamlet of Yallingup. From Yallingup you will follow the coastline around Smith’s Beach to Canal Rocks then onto Wyadup and Injidup Beach. The coastline here is superb! The trail takes you on a short steep scramble up some rocks from Smith’s Beach to Canal Rocks Rd, which is tough with a heavy pack but a whole heap of fun and probably OTBT’s favourite part of this day! There is a perfectly situated seat at Injidup Beach which allows you to take in the coastal views under the shelter of the Melaleuca trees. Continuing on some undulating 4wd tracks past Cape Clairaut you will eventually reach a beach section near Quinninup Falls then an almighty calf burning climb up the escalator sand dune! The climb will be worth the coastal clifftop views of Moses Rock from the top. Moses Rock Campsite is set under a canopy of Melaleuca trees and offers a amazing sunset viewing platform that is not to be missed!
Day 3 | Sunday 27 September 2020
Moses Rock – Ellensbrook 19.5km
After loading up the packs you will head down, then up, then down, then up (and so on) along the undulating tracks until you get to the point where Wilyubrup Brook meets the ocean. After crossing the river mouth you’ll climb up along the ridge line and through the melaleuca trees until you reach the star of the day – the Wilyubrup Sea Cliffs! We’ll take a short detour and head down to the base of the cliffs to admire these ancient craggy cliffs so you can appreciate just how impressive they are! A wonderfully constructed staircase then guides you up and onto the top of the stunning sea cliffs and offers amazing vistas for you to admire. 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.
After a delicious lunch at Gracies and a well earned break you’ll begin your afternoon of hiking with your sights set on Ellensbrook. Leaving Gracetown, you will pass the memorial from the 1996 limestone cliff collapse where a number of children and adults sadly lost their lives. Reading the memorial and learning about the tragedy is really moving. As you head away from Gracetown, you will entered a desolate lunar landscape with limestone craters that morph into coastal scrubland. Before long you reach the Ellensbrook Homestead, which is a beautiful heritage listed home surrounded by National Park. The Cape to Cape walk trail leads you to an awesome grotto and the delightful Meekadarabee Falls. Just up the track is the peppermint tree shaded Ellensbrook – our favourite campsite on the track!
Day 4 | Monday 28 September 2020
Ellensbrook – Prevelly 9.5km
The funny thing about multi-day hiking is that you almost always start your day with a big hill! Today is one of those days as you depart Ellensbrook and head straight uphill. The hill leads you to a narrow windy, undulating dirt track that takes you through scrubland with a series of switchbacks. Eventually you will arrive at Joey’s Nose and the beautiful Kilcarnup Beach. At the end of the beach you follow the sand dunes up through some scrubland to Horseshoe Bay – my favourite part of the entire Cape to Cape! As you stand on top of the limestone cliff you will be surrounded by a cove of stunning coastal cliffs, you can see and hear the waves crashing around the reef and a small secluded beach down below. It is truly magnificent! Not far to go and you’ll cross the Margaret River Mouth safely with the help of your OTBT Guide and from here you are only a short 2 kms away from a hot shower and a free afternoon to enjoy as you please!
Day 5 | Tuesday 29 September 2020
Prevelly – Contos 18km
Today you will hike the highlight stretch of the Cape to Cape Track today, 18km in total, beginning at Surfpoint Resort and then heading out along the ridge, down the 365 log steps that lead you to a hidden oasis called Boodjidup Creek and the Frank Mouritz Bridge. Heading along the track through some sand dunes (watch out for emus through this section) will lead you to the very sloped, narrow and boggy Red Gate beach! They say that no 1km of the Cape to Cape is like the last – they sure got that right! This beach section is about 2kms and sure is a tough one but will warm you up for the final two days! From Red Gate beach you re-enter the Melaleuca trees and hike along the ridge until you get to the famous chain! After climbing down the chain you’ll be greeted by one of the best sections of the Cape to Cape: the scenic Bobs Hollow and Contos Cliffs. You wont be short on stunning views through this section with about 5kms of amazing limestone clifftops to admire before you reach Contos Campsite – your home for the night!
Day 6 | Wednesday 30 September 2020
Contos – Hamelin Bay 21.35km
To your pleasant surprise a downhill section greets you to start day 6 (followed shortly after with a long slow uphill section). It won’t be long before you are distracted by towering karri trees and find yourself totally immersed in the Boranup Forest! After a while the karri tree forest morphs into a peppermint/grass tree forest, the trail turns West and you turn off the 4wd tracks and onto a narrow single track that leads you to Hamelin Bay Beach. As you reach the beach you’ll be amazed by how pure white the sand is and crystal clear the waters are – we have some amazing beaches here in WA but this has got to be the most pristine I had ever seen! You’ll get to enjoy the beauty of this beach for about 7kms all the way into Hamelin Bay where a hot shower greets you at the Hamelin Bay Holiday Park.
You are welcome to bring a day pack with you for us to transport to Hamelin bay so you can enjoy your last day of hiking wearing a lightly loaded day pack – makes the 25.3km much more enjoyable!
Day 7 | Thursday 1 October 2020
Hamelin Bay – Cape Leeuwin 25.3km
You’ll likely wake up with mixed feelings about today, you know it’s going to be a tough day but you’re looking forward to reaching the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse but at the same time your journey is almost over, and you won’t want it to end!
As you depart Hamelin Bay you’ll enjoy a small beach section along Foul Bay before heading up the dunes to a 4wd track. Before long a narrow trail takes you through peppermint trees along an undulating track that leads to Foul bay Lighthouse. From the lighthouse it isn’t far to the stunning Cosy Corner. Cosy Corner is definitely a highlight of the entire track – you have to navigate along rocky ledges and around blowholes which makes it such an exciting section! Listening to the sound the waves make against the rocks underneath you is really awesome and don’t be surprised if you get sea sprayed! After passing Elephant Rock you’ll find yourself on Deepdene Beach – the most dreaded 6km section due to the boggy sand. But as you’ll only have day packs on it will be a breeze and before you know it you are leaving the beach and climbing up the sand dunes and away from the sound of the waves crashing.
Narrow single tracks lead you to Skippy Rock and from here there is only 3kms remaining of your amazing adventure! As you reach Quarry Bay you have one last small beach section then over some rocks and up to the car park. And there she is – the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse! You have just hiked 123kms from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin – Congratulations!
Tonight you enjoy a celebratory dinner at The Common in Gnarabup Bay!
Day 8 | Friday 2 October 2020 (Arrive back in Perth 2pm)
After a delicious breakfast supplied by Margaret River Moveable Feast you will head home feeling empowered, refreshed with plenty of amazing memories and stories to tell!
7 x days of guided hiking
2 x nights twin share accommodation @ Surfpoint Resort
1 x night camping fees for Hamelin Bay Holiday Park
1 x night camping fees for Contos Campground
4 x nights camping at Cape to Cape Campsites
OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit Hire
Return transport from Perth
2 x fresh lunches from local cafes along the way
1 x home cooked dinner by Margaret River Moveable Feast
1 x Celebration dinner @ The Common
2 x breakfast baskets supplied by Margaret River Moveable Feast
5 x trail breakfasts
5 x trail lunches
5 x trail dinners (Campers Pantry freeze dried)
trail snacks for each day
Sea to Summit Premium Aeros pillow – yours to keep!
Access to all OTBT photographs
50% discount on OTBT Endurance Hikes (training)
OTBT Overnight Hiking Kit
The following kit will be issued for you to use for the multi-day hike (and returned upon completion):
Own tent (or shared if preferred)
Hiking stove with gas
Lightweight pot set
Mug, Bowl, Spoon
Water purification tablets
Dry sack for food storage
Dry sack for clean clothes storage
You will be issued with a packing list of other items you will require for the event such as a sleeping bag, hiking clothes, toiletries etc.
Departing from:South of the River pick up location, near Baldivis. Location will be provided once you have booked.
Fitness Level: A medium level of fitness is required for these hikes. You do not need to have overnight hiking experience, we will guide you through the packing and preparation and even assist you with some training suggestions. During the hike, we will be going at a pace where we will enjoy the journey as well as the destination.
Group Size: To ensure you receive a well supported and enjoyable multi-day hiking experience, group size is limited to 7 hikers including your guide.
Your Guide: Michelle Ryan will be your Off The Beaten Track WA guide for this Cape to Cape End to End Hiking Experience!
Michelle Ryan is walkingtwobytwo, a Western Australian hiker that has hiked many a trail throughout the world and especially here in her homeland of Australia, favouring the long distance trails!
She is a Freelance Writer, a published Author and Documentarian; having much of her work in numerous magazines throughout the world and also online. Michelle produced a documentary, Bibbulmun Journeys, in 2018 on the 1003km Bibbulmun Track that showcases its beauty and the people who love it, walk it and care for it.
In 2018 she published her first book, The Capes, this is a guidebook to walking the popular Western Australian Coastal Track, the Cape to Cape. In 2019 she published her second book, Feed the Hike, a book about sustaining your hike through Mind, Body and Diet. Recently, Michelle also started a YouTube channel –
walkingtwobytwo, to share more of her hiking wisdom
“In my life my hope is to encourage more people to get outside and experience nature and explore what this world really has to offer us other than what is in our immediate surroundings.”
Off The Beaten Track WA provide a trained and experienced Lead Guide for their hikes, carry two-way communication devices, a personal location beacon and is a fully licensed, insured and accredited tourism business aiming to provide hiking experiences with a twist!
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