The Cape to Cape Track is a picturesque, long-distance trail that goes along the coast in Margaret River in Western Australia. The entire 135-km hike is an amazing adventure! Most people cover this distance in 4 – 7 days. Of course, there are some hikers who did the Cape to Cape Track in 3 days, but I’m definitely not one of them. I took it slow. Mainly because it was my first multi-day hike ever! Be sure to check what you need to know about Cape to Cape Track, and read more about the 7-day Cape to Cape Track itinerary below.
DAY 1 | Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – Yallingup
The Cape to Cape Track can be walked from north to south, or the opposite. The choice is yours. I decided to follow the recommended direction, set off at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, and left my car at the parking nearby for the next 7 days. Once you start walking, there will be a station with a guest book. Make sure to register your hike. On the first day I walked 15 km to get to Yallingup, and spend the night in the town. This day is quite easy, the track leads along the coast, and offers some beautiful views. Don’t miss out on Sugarloaf Rock, emerging from the Indian Ocean. Do a short detour to see it up close. This trail section doesn’t have any national park campsites, so be sure to book a night in a caravan park in Yallingup.
Unfortunately, I had a problem to make a booking in any caravan park. December is high season in this region, and Yallingup was packed with people. Obviously, it didn’t stop me from hiking. My plan was to show up and ask for a spot to set up my tent. It was a bit risky, but I had no other choice. My first attempt was unsuccessful, but I didn’t give up. I tried again, this time with success! The friendly staff at Caves Caravan Park Yallingup said yes. They also told be they accept hikers even if they are booked up. So if you are in the same situation, just go there, and you should be fine. I paid AUD 40 for the night (Christmastime), but at least I could take a shower and charge my phone. There’s also a small grocery shop nearby.
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – Yallingup, around 15 km (5 hours)
DAY 2 | Yallingup – Moses Rock Campsite
Let’s continue with the 7-day Cape to Cape Track itinerary! On day two I set out from Yallingup early in the morning, and walked around 21 km to get to Moses Rock Campsite. This is a very interesting section of the Cape to Cape Track, and personally my favourite bit of this trail. The landscape is diverse and changes at every turn. This section of the track includes some spectacular cliff-top views, stretches of pristine beach, and a little bit of bush bash too. It’s worth to take a break at The Aquarium, Canal Rocks, and Injidup Natural Spa. If you don’t feel like doing any extra kilometres, that’s fine. You can explore Margaret River in Western Australia by car later on. Just make sure to check Quinninup Falls as it’s not accessible by car.
Moses Rock Campsite belongs to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. There are some basic facilities such as a toilet and picnic table. Luckily, you will also find there a rainwater tank, and some shaded areas. That’s a real blessing after a day-long hike. There are no grocery shops along the way, so you won’t be able to buy any food on day two. Be sure to have enough to make it through to the next town. Feel free to refill your water bottles. Just remember to boil or treat the water from the tank prior to consumption. Good news is that this campsite is free of charge, and no booking is required. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to take a shower on day two unless you jump into the ocean. No chances to recharge your phone on that day either.
Yallingup – Moses Rock Campsite, around 21 km (7 hours)
DAY 3 | Moses Rock Campsite – Ellensbrook Campsite
On day three I woke up with a gecko in my shoe! I’m not joking. The planned distance for the third day is around 19 km. Starting from Moses Rock Campsite, and finishing at Ellensbrook Campsite. The day kicks off with a stretch along the beach. Then the track goes uphill and continues through coastal scrub. Stop for a while to admire beautiful Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. After a couple of hours you will get to Gracetown. Go straight to Gracie’s General. They sell cold drinks, delicious coffee, tasty pastries, and some groceries. It can’t be better than this. Rest a while, buy some water, and charge your phone. The official Cape to Cape Track goes along the beach, but if you want to take a break in the town, it’s much better to follow the road.
Don’t get too optimistic though! You haven’t finished the distance for today yet. Ellensbrook Campsite belongs to the national park. It’s free of charge and no reservation is taken. You will find there some basic facilities such as a toilet, picnic table and rainwater tank. As previously mentioned, make sure to boil or treat the water before consumption. If you are lucky enough, you may take a shower at Ellensbrook Homestead. They offer accommodation, so you can book a night there, or you can at least ask about the shower. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the lucky one. I didn’t do the booking, and nobody was there to talk, so I decided to keep going. Before you reach Ellensbrook Campsite, have a break at Meekadarabee Falls.
Moses Rock Campsite – Ellensbrook Campsite, around 19 km (6 hours)
DAY 4 | Ellensbrook Campsite – Prevelly
Day four was super easy! Only 15 km along the coast with absolutely amazing views. I saw an immensely beautiful beach on that day, and it wasn’t even marked on the map. This is one of the perks of hiking the Cape to Cape Track. Some places are hidden, and you can’t get there by car. I started at Ellensbrook Campsite early in the morning, and made it to the next town by 11:00 am. There are no national park campsites in Prevelly, so you have to book a night in a caravan park again. Prevelly was jammed in December, so I wasn’t able to make a reservation. I just showed up at Prevelly Caravan Park with no booking at all, and was relieved to hear that I can stay overnight only because I’m a hiker.
I paid AUD 19 for the night at Prevelly Caravan Park. I took a shower, charged my phone, and even had a proper dinner. It felt like heaven! There’s a small grocery shop and restaurant close to the caravan park. I finished walking on that day very early, so I could enjoy some free time on the beach. The truth is that there’s not much time for leisure during the hike. I always prefer finishing the distance planned for the day, and resting afterwards, rather than doing long breaks. So if you finish early on day four, take advantage of it! Go to the beach, swim in the ocean, and get relaxed. It’s worth to check Surfers Point in the evening. It’s a great spot to watch a sunset. Prevelly is the last town on your way, so be sure to go grocery shopping.
Ellensbrook Campsite – Prevelly, around 15 km (5 hours)
DAY 5 | Prevelly – Point Road Campsite
It’s day 5 out of the 7-day Cape to Cape Track itinerary, and roughly 23 km to go from Prevelly. Mainly through the bush and along the coast. Stretches of beaches can’t be avoided. Those are the toughest bits of the Cape to Cape Track, but what can you do! Just be prepared for it. This section of the trail is very diverse, and I enjoyed it big time. You will cross the bridge, walk by a beautiful cave, and admire a spectacular coastline. Further on, the track goes inland, and takes you to the magnificent Boranup Karri Forest, dominated by Eucalyptus diversicolor, one of the tallest hardwoods in the world. On that day, set up your tent at Conto Campsite or Point Road Campsite. They both belong to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
I decided to camp at Point Road Campsite, because it’s located 2 km further, and it shortens the distance for the following day. The camping fee is AUD 11 per night, and no reservation is required. Payments are taken at the entry station. Point Road Campsite has a toilet and picnic tables, but unfortunately, there is no rainwater tank. If you are running out of water, make sure to stop at Conto Campsite to refill your bottles. Look for a tap next to the toilets. If you wish to stay a night there, you can surely do that. The camping fee is AUD 15 per night, and you have to book it online. This campground is much bigger than the other one. It has toilets, a huge picnic area and a barbecue too. Unfortunately, no chance to take a shower on day five.
Prevelly – Point Road Campsite, around 23 km (8 hours)
DAY 6 | Point Road Campsite – Deepdene Campsite
The hardest part of the Cape to Cape Track is about to begin. Day six and seven are all about traversing beaches. If sand happens to be soft, you are in deep trouble. It will be two times harder than you think. Don’t panic though! You can’t give up at this stage. It’s about 26 km to do on day six, starting from Point Road Campsite, and finishing at Deepdene Campsite. The beginning is nice and easy. You will continue hiking through the wonderful Boranup Karri Forest. Then, it’s time to walk along the beach for 7 km with literally no break. I won’t lie to you. Day six is definitely the toughest one. When I got to Hamelin Bay, I was exhausted. If you are lucky enough (and still have some energy!) you can spot there some giant stingrays.
Good news is that there’s a caravan park in Hamelin Bay, very close to the beach, and you can take a shower there for just 5 dollars. Bargain! I didn’t hesitate even for a second. They also have a small shop with groceries, so you can buy some water and food too. I went there, had a coffee, ate something sweet and… all I wanted at that time is to go to sleep. I was super tired, my legs were sore, and couldn’t bring myself to continue the walk. It’s still about 10 km to go from Hamelin Bay to Deepdene Campsite. The campground belongs to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, it’s free of charge, and no booking is needed. You don’t have to worry about water. There’s a rainwater tank. Just make sure to boil or treat water before drinking it.
Point Road Campsite – Deepdene Campsite, around 26 km (10 hours)
DAY 7 | Deepdene Campsite – Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
This is the last day of the adventure! I remember being so exhausted that I slept at Deepdene Campsite for 12 hours. Even though it was only 16 km to finish the Cape to Cape Track, it seemed like a lot. I felt very weak on that day, and hiked two times slower than usual. It’s worth to say that this last section is poorly marked. I didn’t notice a single sign. So I just walked towards Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse that appeared on the horizon halfway through. The Water Wheel is the official end of the Cape to Cape Track, but the truth is that everyone goes a few extra kilometres to touch the second lighthouse. Don’t forget to sign in to the guest book at Water Wheel. The station looks very similar to the one at the beginning of the walking track.
I was super happy when I saw Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for the first time. It felt like nothing can stop me anymore. The staff at the lighthouse will definitely recognise that you finished the Cape to Cape Track, and most likely they will let you in for free. There’s a shop with souvenirs, where you can get a certificate testifying your achievement. It costs only AUD 5, and will bring back memories in the future. I also purchased a hoodie. The biggest mistake I made is that I didn’t take any warm clothes on that hike. I was freezing. So my best advice for you is to take some. Wondering how you can get back to the first lighthouse to pick up your car? I’m answering this question in a separate post, Cape to Cape Track: need to know.
Deepdene Campsite – Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, around 16 km (6 hours)
That’s the entire 7-day Cape to Cape Track itinerary. Do you have any questions about this hike? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
7-day Cape to Cape Track itinerary