Surfers who ride the waves off the famous Margaret River wine region would probably prefer that their bit of paradise had remained a secret. But it’s way too late. The Cape to Cape Track along the magnificent stretch of coast between the lighthouses guarding capes Leeuwin and Naturaliste has become a bushwalking Western Australia classic.
You can get a taste of the rugged, honeycombed cliffs, remote surf beaches, diverse vegetation and show-off spring wildflowers on day walks. Try Cape Leeuwin to Cosy Corner. Or you can go the full monty and tread the whole 135km along the backbone of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. There are camping areas along the track and hard-top accommodations a short walk or car ride off it. The invaluable Cape to Cape Track Guidebook details the walk between car access points.
End-to-enders also have the option of a self-guided or guided inn-to-inn walking “holiday”. It’s still not an easy hike, though, even carrying a day pack. There are, though, so many OMG coastal views along the Track it’s easy to become blase about the country through which you’re walking. Prepare to be amazed!