The 135km Cape to Cape walk, which extends from Cape Naturaliste through to Cape Leeuwin in WA’s southwest, is world–renowned for a very good reason!! Adventurous Women recently took a group of 15 ladies (from all over Oz) on this fabulous walk and they loved it!!
So many highlights along the way, made it really tough to single out any particular one, as its an experience where you never know what’s around the corner, or over the next hill. It could be spectacular coastal views, or the serenity of the Karri forest, a river crossing, magnificent wildflowers, or perhaps some local wildlife. The Cape to Cape has it all …and much, much more.
Our seven days on the track were varied, with sunshine and mild weather gracing us on the first five, then the challenges of rain and remote lengthy beach sections on the last two. Carrying only a day pack, a good sense of humor and a willingness to encourage one another along the way, we set out each day with a great sense of anticipation. We were totally in awe of what lay before us!
The first three days were made up of mostly cliff top walking, affording spectacular views of our stunning coastline, a little whale spotting, small beach stretches and beautiful bays. The fourth day was relatively easy walking along the coast, dropping into the grounds of the historical Ellensbrook Homestead, followed by an interesting inland stretch that eventually weaved its way back out to the beach. We walked this stretch of beach until we helped each other across the Margaret River mouth, to finish out the day.
The next day’s walk was extremely varied, with a mix of beach, cliff top and then into the cool dense forest. Despite it being 26km in distance, it wasn’t the most challenging of our days … they were yet to come! Day six and seven were probably the most challenging, although we were rewarded with some of the most stunning coast line in our south west, along with a drop of champagne to celebrate our achievements on the last day.
The ladies really enjoyed the diversity of the track, spectacular scenery and good company. They also loved the fact they only had to carry a day pack while out walking, returning each evening, to a warm shower & bed at the same accommodation. As our week unfolded, it was lovely to see the bonding experiences, comradery, laughter, amazement and achievement. After each day’s walking, our time together was spent enjoying scrumptious meals over a glass of local Margaret River wine, sitting in front of the wood fire and re-counting stories of the day…..this became a highlight in itself.
I have to say, that there’s something really special about a group of women sharing in this kind of experience and it was wonderful to be in their company.
All Photo's & On Track Info Courtesy of Sue O'Connor - Adventurous Women Tour Manager