Cape to Cape Track, WA

 Australia

Between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and the isolated coves of Gnoocardup, this trek takes you along one of the most spectacular coastlines in Western Australia.

Trip duration:
7 days

Challenge duration:
5 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
March-May, September-October

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-4 star hotels, with shared bathrooms

Hiking the Cape to Cape

Over 5 days, you will trek through breath-taking coastal and forest scenery, across this ever-changing landscape—witnessing the fascinating geological cliffs, caves, rock formations and headlands.

You’ll make lifelong friends as you share this experience with a team of like-minded people, all connected by their passion for the cause.

Perched atop the coastal cliffs, you’ll immerse yourself in the natural surroundings of this region and experience some of the highlights it has to offer, including Kilcarnup, Bob’s Hollow, Horseshoe Bay, Prevelly and many more sights. With a stop at Gracetown—one of the few spots along the Margaret River coast that offers calm, turquoise waters for swimming, you’ll enjoy each destination as much as you’ll enjoy the journey.

Canal Rocks, near Yallingup, WA
Towering trees in the Boranup Forest, WA

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Tackle the breathtaking track, stretching all the way from Cape Naturaliste to Boranup Forest
  • Experience the boundless natural beauty of this stretch of coastline
  • Explore Gracetown, Horseshoe Bay and the sparkling waters of Kilcarnup
  • Raise vital funds for a cause you’re passionate about while you tick off your bucket list 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Perth

Welcome to Perth! After making your way to the hotel, you will have time to relax before our team briefing and dinner in the evening, where you have the chance to meet your team before embarking on this adventure. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup

After breakfast, we will depart Perth to the start point of our trek. We 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 the 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. This is a lovely section of the trail to get us into the swing of things! After our trek, we will transfer to our accommodation for the next 5 nights and enjoy a well-deserved dinner together.

Trekking Distance: 14 km

Transfer Time: 3.5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Smiths to Moses Rocks

Today we rise early in the morning to prepare for a big day of trekking! We’ll transfer to our starting point at Smiths. From Smiths, the topography changes quickly as giant granite marbles dominate near Canal Rocks. We will travel high over the ridge and past Rotary Lookout, before dropping back down onto the beach at Injidup. We then make our way up again, through the coastal Tea Tree and back onto the wild south-west facing coast. Weaving through stunning areas of limestone cliff and granite, we will end at the fantastic Moses Rock and head back to our accommodation to rest.

Trekking Distance: 17 km

Transfer time: 1 hour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Moses Rocks to Gracetown

Today we enjoy another beautiful day on the trail! From Moses Rocks, the track rises high over several large limestone headlands before flattening out on Willyabrup Beach. A wonderfully constructed staircase then guides you 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. 

Trekking Distance: 15 km

Transfer Time: 30 mins

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Gracetown to Rivermouth

Today’s walk begins at the picturesque hamlet of Gracetown, following the coastline to the historic settlement of Ellensbrook. From Ellensbrook, the track quickly leaves the coast and wanders through sand dunes, past Ellensbrook homestead and Meekadarbee Falls. Visit the isolated coves of Gnoocardup and the turquoise bay of Kilcarnup. Marvel at the centuries-old osprey nest in Horseshoe Bay and then take in some of the world’s finest surfing coastline at Prevelly. We will rest up this evening before the final day of trekking tomorrow.

Trekking Distance: 18 km

Transfer Time: 20 mins

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Redgate Beach to Boranup Forest

Today is our final day of trekking! In the morning, we will transfer to historic Redgate Beach for our walk to Boranup Forest. We begin at 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 forest, home to the world’s third tallest hardwood! The solid track underfoot and afternoon shade of the Karri forest make it all seem easy.

Trekking Distance: 12.5 km

Transfer Time: 40 mins

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Depart Perth

Well done, you have completed this incredible challenge! After breakfast, we transfer back to Perth for your onward journey.

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Perth

Welcome to Perth! After making your way to the hotel, you will have time to relax before our team briefing and dinner in the evening, where you have the chance to meet your team before embarking on this adventure. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup

After breakfast, we will depart Perth to the start point of our trek. We 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 the 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. This is a lovely section of the trail to get us into the swing of things! After our trek, we will transfer to our accommodation for the next 5 nights and enjoy a well-deserved dinner together.

Trekking Distance: 14 km

Transfer Time: 3.5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Smiths to Moses Rocks

Today we rise early in the morning to prepare for a big day of trekking! We’ll transfer to our starting point at Smiths. From Smiths, the topography changes quickly as giant granite marbles dominate near Canal Rocks. We will travel high over the ridge and past Rotary Lookout, before dropping back down onto the beach at Injidup. We then make our way up again, through the coastal Tea Tree and back onto the wild south-west facing coast. Weaving through stunning areas of limestone cliff and granite, we will end at the fantastic Moses Rock and head back to our accommodation to rest.

Trekking Distance: 17 km

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Moses Rocks to Gracetown

Today we enjoy another beautiful day on the trail! From Moses Rocks, the track rises high over several large limestone headlands before flattening out on Willyabrup Beach. A wonderfully constructed staircase then guides you 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. 

Trekking Distance: 15 km

Transfer Time: 30 mins

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Gracetown to Rivermouth

Today’s walk begins at the picturesque hamlet of Gracetown, following the coastline to the historic settlement of Ellensbrook. From Ellensbrook, the track quickly leaves the coast and wanders through sand dunes, past Ellensbrook homestead and Meekadarbee Falls. Visit the isolated coves of Gnoocardup and the turquoise bay of Kilcarnup. Marvel at the centuries-old osprey nest in Horseshoe Bay and then take in some of the world’s finest surfing coastline at Prevelly. We will rest up this evening before the final day of trekking tomorrow.

Trekking Distance: 18 km

Transfer Time: 20 mins

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Redgate Beach to Boranup Forest

Today is our final day of trekking! In the morning, we will transfer to historic Redgate Beach for our walk to Boranup Forest. We begin at 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 forest, home to the world’s third tallest hardwood! The solid track underfoot and afternoon shade of the Karri forest make it all seem easy.

Trekking Distance: 12.5 km

Transfer Time: 40 mins

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Depart Perth

Well done, you have completed this incredible challenge! After breakfast, we transfer back to Perth for your onward journey.

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Cape to Cape trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

Much of the trekking will be on soft sand, but other sections will be on rocky headlands. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work. 

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and Training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly country for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3- to 4-star hotels and you can expect all of the usual amenities. Bathrooms are shared but very comfortable.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast will alternate between continental and cooked breakfasts. For continental breakfasts, you can expect a spread of cereals, toasts, spreads, stewed fruit and yoghurt. Lunch will be a variety of fresh and healthy sandwiches and wraps, and fresh fruit and baked goods. Some dinners will be eaten at our accommodation, others at local restaurants. The menu is constantly changing but can include curry, pasta and seafood barbeques.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Is there mobile phone reception? 

There is reliable phone reception during the majority of the trek, however it can be patchy in some spots. Usually Telstra is most reliable. Wi-Fi is available at our accommodation, but you may use this as a good opportunity to switch off and get back to nature.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What will the weather be like? 

During the trekking season, the weather averages between 20-26℃. Keep in mind there is very little shade on the track. As much of the trek is along the coast, it is exposed and so it is important to keep a close eye on the weather forecast in the days leading up to your adventure. 

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information as the seasons can be unpredictable and highly variable week to week.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels based on twin-share with shared bathrooms
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • Local expert guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
    Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

The inclusions do cover everything you will need for the duration of the adventure. However, we recommend budgeting about $100 total to cover the cost of souvenirs, alcohol or any other small purchases you may wish to make. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train.

The Cape to Cape trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. Much of the trekking will be on soft sand, but other sections will be on rocky headlands. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work. 

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly country for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3- to 4-star hotels and you can expect all of the usual amenities. Bathrooms are shared but very comfortable.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What is the food like? 

Breakfast will alternate between continental and cooked breakfasts. For continental breakfasts, you can expect a spread of cereals, toasts, spreads, stewed fruit and yoghurt. Lunch will be a variety of fresh and healthy sandwiches and wraps, and fresh fruit and baked goods. Some dinners will be eaten at our accommodation, others at local restaurants. The menu is constantly changing but can include curry, pasta and seafood barbeques.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Is there mobile phone reception? 

There is reliable phone reception during the majority of the trek, however it can be patchy in some spots. Usually Telstra is most reliable. Wi-Fi is available at our accommodation, but you may use this as a good opportunity to switch off and get back to nature.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What will the weather be like? 

During the trekking season, the weather averages between 20-26℃. Keep in mind there is very little shade on the track. As much of the trek is along the coast, it is exposed and so it is important to keep a close eye on the weather forecast in the days leading up to your adventure. 

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information as the seasons can be unpredictable and highly variable week to week.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels based on twin-share with shared bathrooms
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • Local expert guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
    Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

The inclusions do cover everything you will need for the duration of the adventure. However, we recommend budgeting about $100 total to cover the cost of souvenirs, alcohol or any other small purchases you may wish to make. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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