Cape to Cape Track
- Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 12:30
About The Cape to Cape
The 135-kilometre Cape to Cape Track runs from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin hugging the coast and often diverting for long tracts along the beach, almost wholly in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in WA’s south west corner. Other parts of the track drift inland, leading walkers through woodlands and forest. It can be tackled in one go in as little as five to seven days or by using a variety of short-walk options.
Opened in April 2001, the track was designed to bring people in close contact with the environment while creating as little disturbance as possible. The track is marked with pine posts and maps and books that highlight the main attractions of each section are available to guide walkers. The track is managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation, supported by the Friends of the Cape to Cape Track.
If you’d like to be looked after on the track then one of the fully guided Cape to Cape Track walks might be for you. But, if you plan to camp then there are four low-key campsites along the track at Mt Duckworth, Moses Rock, Ellensbrook, and Deepdene that have toilets and picnic facilities. Other DEC campgrounds are in the national park and commercial caravan parks are also dotted along the way. A variety of accommodation options are also available along the way so you can plan your adventure to your taste and desired comfort.
The track uses old 4WD vehicle tracks, constructed paths and natural beach sections, which are mostly sand. There are easy sections, which make excellent short walks, but some beach sections are long, and hard going if you are carrying a full pack. The full walk is well within the capability of anyone who is moderately fit, but walkers should be aware that it is quite a challenge.
DEC has developed two high quality maps, one each for the northern and southern halves of the Track. Priced at $11 each, these are available from the online shop, DEC offices or from the Friends of the Cape to Cape Track. Other Cape to Cape merchandise is also available.