Hike Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track

Trip Code: PJXP

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 along the way., With all meals included (excluding 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 the same comfortable, centrally located accommodation in Margaret River.

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 weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Important information

START & END TIMES
The trip pickup will be at 7:45am from the Tourist Bus Stop at 37 Beaufort Street near the corner of James Street. Please make sure you are on time as we will depart Perth right away. The trip finishes finishes back in Perth at approximately 3pm on Day 8

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement that covers all nights is available for this trip (subject to availability).

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

What to bring/pack

ESSENTIAL ITEMS:
• Day-pack - with a thick waist strap to help take some weight off your shoulders. In wet weather, a
waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in can be handy
• Shorts/long pants and shirts for walking - as many sets as you wish! Quick-dry material is best,
especially for trousers. Don't wear jeans walking.
• Socks - whichever thickness you're comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like
• Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well - see note on footwear below)
• Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking
• Waterproof jacket*
• Sun protection - hat (secure fitting and/or with chin strap), sun cream, sunglasses
• Casual clothes for evenings
• Torch/headlamp (can be handy when twin sharing for getting up at night)
• Any preferred first aid supplies - such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit)
• Water bottle/s or camelback - 2 to 3 litre capacity
• A lunch container (with freezer brick if desired)
• A keepcup or thermos cup for hot drinks while travelling
*You have to expect some bad weather at any time of the year down here so bring wet weather gear even if the forecast is fine.

OPTIONAL ITEMS:
• Waterproof pants. Some people love them and some hate them - personally, we don't wear them but there have been times when we have wished for a pair!
• Fly net (especially for walks in warmer weather)
• Camera and charger/batteries
• Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you are wearing long pants and long socks. They're also good for keeping sand out of your shoes.
• Sock protectors (to keep sand out of your boots)
• Robust sandals for wading/beach sections
• Bathers and towel
• Small towel to carry during the day
• Snacks and alcohol - there will be time to purchase more during the week if you need to. Some people like to have some muesli bars, nuts, lollies etc
• Walking poles

Physical rating

4

There is no such thing as an 'easy day' on the Cape to Cape walk. There are a lot of ups and downs, often on soft sand, and there are several beach stretches. However, the walk has been designed to make it achievable to those with a reasonable amount of fitness by the fact that you only carry a daypack; and you start with short distances, working your way up to longer days. You will be surprised just how your fitness improves over the seven days. Usually, by day four people are striding out! A positive mental attitude is most important. If you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. If you have done some training prior to the walk you will enjoy it all the more.

The best way to prepare physically for the trip is to walk, walk and walk some more - preferably in sand and over a variety of terrain. Try to walk frequently. Even walking around your suburb will get you walk-fit. By the start of our Cape to Cape, you should be able to comfortably walk 15km, and try and do a few 20km walks on rough tracks. We know that this type of preparation is difficult to fit into a busy schedule. If you don't have the time to do long walks, we recommend doing regular stair walking sessions. Walking small distances frequently helps a lot as well. For instance, walking 3 - 5km four times a week, and 8km once a week, is a great help. If you're doing short training sessions, make sure you get yourself puffed and sweaty. Otherwise, you won't benefit from your efforts. And start walking in the shoes you will wear on the walk now!

Joining your group

Tourist Bus Stop, 37 Beaufort Street near the corner of James Street, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Alternate Joining Point


Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Tourist Bus Stop, 37 Beaufort Street near the corner of James Street, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Alternate Finish Point

For trips departing on the following dates
use this finish point.
18 Mar 2024 (PJXP240318)
24 Mar 2024 (PJXP240324)
11 Sep 2024 (PJXP240911)
27 Sep 2024 (PJXP240927)
13 Oct 2024 (PJXP241013)
29 Oct 2024 (PJXP241029)
06 Nov 2024 (PJXP241106)
Perth Tourist Coach Stand
490 Wellington Street
Perth
AUSTRALIA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 7

Dinners included: 3

All meals are included apart from lunch on the last day of the tour. You will have a chance to wander into town on the morning of the last day to source a takeaway lunch option. Breakfast comprises cereal, fruit and toast. Lunch is sometimes prepared and brought to you on the track when we can get vehicle access. On days you are walking in a remote section guests will pack their lunch in the morning which consists of cold meats and salad with sandwiches, rolls or wraps. Dinner is a 2-course meal, main and dessert. Each day on the track you will enjoy our famous baked cakes/biscuits for morning tea and fresh fruit is always available.

There is plenty of opportunities to purchase alcohol while on tour as the shops are only a short stroll from your accommodation. Depending on what the group chooses, we often enjoy a few of the local wineries and breweries on our way back to the accommodation each afternoon.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book, we are happy to adapt our tasty, nutritious meals to suit a variety of dietary needs.

Climate & seasonal information

We only run tours of the Cape to Cape Track in Autumn and Spring which is the best time of the year to be outdoors in Margaret River. It can get very hot in Margaret River in Summer (As the Cape to Cape is quite an exposed coastal track, anything over 24 deg can be hard to walk in) and rainy and cold during winter. During the change of season, you will experience mild temperatures between 18 deg to 26 deg during the day, dipping to lows of 9 deg to 13 deg in the evenings. Expect bad weather at any time of the year so come prepared with wet weather walking gear.

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 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 or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative 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 numbers below:

1300 544 882 or +61 8 6219 5164

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