Cape to Cape Walk in Western Australia

The southwest region of Western Australia is a very popular place for visitors because it just has so much going for it: an incredible coastline, magnificent beaches, some of the world’s largest waves, gorgeous caves, fantastic wineries, brilliant hotels and spas, fabulous restaurants and an environment that is mostly quite natural which has been preserved in national parks.

The coastline faces west, towards the Indian Ocean, and is capped at the north by Cape Naturaliste, where Geographe Bay begins and in the south by Cape Leeuwin, a rugged peninsular where the mighty Southern Ocean converges with the Indian Ocean, which causes the seas to sometimes act in peculiar ways.

The distance from Cape to Cape is 135 kilometres, and a walk has been created which is not technically too difficult, but which guarantees the observance of brilliant vistas as it traverses windy cliffs, magnificent beaches and dense forests.

The Cape to Cape Walk takes the average walker between 6 and 7 days to complete. Whilst many walkers do choose to camp out at night, and there are plenty of campsites along the route in which to stay, for those who wish to indulge in a little luxury at night instead of the confines of a small tent, the Margaret River region has plenty of accommodation, ranging in style from five star spa resorts to humble B&B’s.

The best times to attempt the walk are in the spring and autumn as summer temperatures can be harsh and winters can get cold and wet. Certainly the best time to do the walk would be in middle to late September when the wildflowers are in season, and this beautiful walk becomes even more stunning thanks to the vivid colours of the wildflowers, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Accompanying this story is a short film of a discussion that I had with Jon Lewis on Perth radio station 6PR, which should give you greater insight into what lays before you on the track, and which should help you to plan you traverse.

The beauty of walking is that you travel the region at a natural speed; one which gives you plenty of time to observe the flora and fauna, and ample opportunity to simply sit and admire the brilliant vistas you encounter for virtually the whole journey.

The southwest of Western Australia is a magnificent region which deserves exploring, and walking from Cape to Cape will give you a wonderful sense of achievement.

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