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Hiking Paradise on the Cape to Cape

Some days, the view, the location and the company make the day even more perfect.

I shielded my eyes from the morning sun and looked down the rocky headlands towards the ocean, watching as the near perfect waves rolled through to the shore bumping into the smooth dark brown granite boulders creating head high spray and the familiar roaring sound of the water. My outdoor loving and very gorgeous friend and I were walking a section of the Cape to Cape Track from Grace town to Willyabrup as a recce for an upcoming women’s walk. This section, characterised by mainly thin rocky, coastal trails that run along the top of the ridgeline makes for some scenic and very stunning coastal walking. After a late night road trip down and a fairly windy night camping on top of the ridgeline at the start of the trail, it was great to be out on the trail in the wind, sunshine and fresh air. Outdoor perfection at it’s best!

The Cape to Cape Track is a 140 kilometre hiking trail that runs between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, located in the far south-west corner of Western Australia. This thin strip of land forms the back bone of the Leeuwin – Naturaliste National Park with the trails running north to south along a windswept limestone ridge, perched on a basement of ancient and resistant granite rocks. Hikers chose to walk the entire distance in 5 – 10 days with many walkers choosing to do sections or day trips. It’s a perfect combination of coastal walking, scenic views, white, sandy beaches and wild granite sea cliffs with unforgettable views.

Today was turning out to be no exception with clear, blue skies, a cool sea breeze to keep the temperatures down and a windswept ocean all making for perfect walking conditions as we cruised along the winding narrow walking track weaving our way along the limestone cliff tops. We shared our views with no one except the occasional group of surfers making use of the isolated, 4WD only accessible surf spots, making the scenery, the cliff top views, the swims and the track virtually our own to enjoy.

Tracks like this one are a simple reminder of the beauty of nature and the ease at which we can actually just head out and get amongst it!


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When not working on international adventure trips as a guide and medic, Rachel spends her time surfing, trail running, learning spanish, indulging in her passions for photography and writing and planning her next expeditions. Life is all about every beautiful sunrise and sunset!

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