Hike Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

Trip Code: PIXP

Why we love it

Traverse this classic Western Australia track with not one but two expert local guides to share their knowledge about the region while taking care of the details along the way., Take in epic views of the Margaret River coastline on a series of clifftop walks – it’s not uncommon to see dolphins or even whales in the Indian Ocean., With all meals included (excluding dinner on day 6and lunch on the final day) you’ll enjoy wonderful fresh picnics in incredible locations, from lighthouse lookout points to peaceful brooks., Explore diverse and beautiful landscapes by foot – from pristine white sand beaches and rugged cliffs to soaring karri forests, there’s always something amazing to look at., Enjoy overnight stays in two central campgrounds located close to the trail heads for each day.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Western Australian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities and distances walked can be found in the daily itinerary.

This is a camping trip. While all necessary equipment is provided, you must feel comfortable sleeping in a (spacious) tent several nights in a row.

On some days there will be the option to walk a half day plus you will also have the option to skip walking for the day if you prefer. Your guide will attempt to find alternative activities where possible. Please note that the itinerary may change depending on local conditions and the weather.

Important information

START & END TIMES
Pickup will be at 7:45am from the Perth Tourist Coach Stand at 490 Wellington Street, near the corner of William Street. You are expected to arrive back into Perth at approximately 3pm on the final day.

What to bring/pack

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings., https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day., Be prepared for a variety of weather, with the possibility of cold, windy and wet conditions and in the warmer months hot days as well . It is not necessary to ‘dress’ for evening meals; casual, comfortable clothing is sufficient.

Essential items
● Personal identification
● Copy of your travel insurance policy and 24-hour contact number
● Credit card and spending money
● Comfortable daypack (25–35 litres) with rain cover
● Water bottle(s) or hydration bladder (2+ litres recommended)
● Comfortable and well worn in hiking shoes or boots
● Camera and mobile phone

Personal items
● Blister kit, rehydration salts, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and first-aid kit including any personal medication
● Toiletries
● High-factor sunscreen and high UV sunglasses
● Hand sanitiser
● Toilet paper and small ziplock bags for rubbish
● Blister pads and/or tape for hotspots or blisters on your feet
● Lightweight quick drying towel and swimwear (summer months)

Clothing
● Several pairs of walking socks
● T-shirts (lightweight, quick-drying fabric)
● Long-sleeved trekking shirts
● Shorts
● Rain jacket
● Long-sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
● Long-legged pants (or shorts with long gaiters)
● Warm jacket and hat
● Warm fleece/gloves/beanie in winter

Optional items
● Waterproof cover for day pack
● Long gaiters
● Walking poles
● Flip flops/comfortable ‘evening’ shoes

Miscellaneous
● LED head torch with spare batteries
● Camera and spare batteries for camera
● Reading and writing material
● Padlock for bag
● Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking

Walking shoes/boots note
Waterproof walking boots with full ankle support are recommended for walking trips. Make sure your footwear is well worn in and comfortable. We also recommend hiking socks with at least one spare pair, as you will find these minimise the chance of getting blisters. The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction.

Physical rating

4

You’re in for a walking trip and a good level of fitness is essential. We don't ask travellers to complete a physical participation form for this trip however we do ask you read through the trip notes carefully to ensure that this trip is the right trip for you.
If you’re already a regular exerciser, it might be an idea to up your game a little. Run those extra laps, or take few longer walks, ideally with a day pack on your back. If you’re not exercising so regularly (2-3 times a week), it’s important to start in the weeks leading up to your departure (4-6 weeks prior at least). Your best choice would be to start walking regularly 2-3 times a week including at least one longer walk (up to 15 km). It’s important to not only walk on flat surface, so if you cannot access a hilly terrain easily, walking up and down the stairs is a good replacement. Top that up with some general fitness exercises and any other cardio related classes and you will see a huge progress in your fitness levels.

Joining your group

Perth Tourist Coach Stand, 490 Wellington Street, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Perth Tourist Coach Stand, 490 Wellington Street, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 6

Lunches included: 6

Dinners included: 5

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour.

Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.

Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking.
You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.

We can provide easily available substitutes, please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the following.

Vegetarian
Gluten Free
Dairy Free (soy available )
Pork Free

Please don’t hesitate to contact u if you have any specific dietary concerns.
* Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

Climate & seasonal information

There are two distinct seasons for walking the Cape to Cape. The Autumn walking season runs from March to May and is a wonderful time to complete this walk. March and early April tend to have hotter days, and suit those who love a swim, and are not concerned by a bit of heat. As April turns to May the nights get colder and the days cool down into the low 20's or below, with the chance of a shower and the odd hot day. Weather wise, May is perhaps the best month to be out on the track.

July to August are cold and wet, and best avoided.

The Spring season starts at the beginning of September and runs through till the end of November. Whilst the weather is not as settled as autumn, this is a popular time to walk the Cape to Cape due to the abundance of wildflowers. Early September is still likely to be a bit wet and wooly, but has the bonus of having both winter and spring wildflowers. Towards the end of September, the weather starts to become a bit more stable, and by mid October, we would expect to have the odd hotter day (mid to high 20's). Spring is still turbulant in October and it is not unusual to have a day pushing 30 and the next day raining and cold (that's why the wildflowers love it). The last week of September and first week of October tend to be the peak of the wildflowers, though this peak has bounced around a bit in recent years. November is similar to March, with hotter weather and the chance for post walk swims and is the peak of the humpback whale migration.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: 1300 544 882

Accommodations

Our base is located just 4 kilometers outside Margaret River. This lovely, sustainable permaculture farm has been operating since 1995. Featuring extensive food gardens, a Farm Cafe, a beautiful Yoga Barn and farm and forest walks, the campsite is designed for people wanting a quiet, eco-friendly stay. New amenities with hot showers, composting toilets and an outdoor kitchen built from timber harvested onsite. Enjoy evenings at shared campfire near the camp kitchen with wood provided.

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