It’s the epic 135 kilometre trail in south west WA which runs from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. But instead of walking the whole Cape to Cape track (which would take about 7 days), we decided to do it in style and signed up for a guided hike with Walk into Luxury. They organised everything for us – from the custom made backpack we received on day one, to accommodation, tours and meals at a couple of the south west’s most stellar restaurants. All we had to do was turn up and walk!
As a Perth girl, I like to think I know a thing or two about the Margaret River region. But it occurred to me as I was admiring the spectacular coastline at the start of the trek that I’d never paid a lot of attention to it before (mostly because I’ve been focused on wine tasting!). This hike gave me a new appreciation for the wild beauty this incredible part of Australia has to offer.
This beauty was further enhanced by the fact that on our trek, the weather Gods didn’t just smile on us, they were absolutely beaming down from every direction. We were blessed with four days of absolute perfection: sunshine, clear blue skies, warm temps and barely any hint of the howling winds and huge swell the area is known for.
Walk into Luxury selected the best sections of the track to give us an idea of the diversity of the region. Day one started from Smiths beach to Injidup and saw us climbing over rocks, through tea tree forests and down steep limestone steps to the pristine beach.
Day two from Cape Naturaliste started out as an easy stroll along a boardwalk (my treadmill training at the gym finally came in handy) to the impressive Sugar Loaf Rock, before climbing steadily up through bushland and ancient granite formations then down to the beach before reaching the picturesque town of Yallingup.
Day three began at Redgate beach, where the narrow track followed the coast so we could watch dolphins play in the waves before entering the serene Boranup Karri forest, where we were dwarfed by the enormous trees.
The track on day four started at Moses Rock and hugged the most dramatic parts of the coastline, giving full views of stunning turquoise bays, before we emerged at the impressive Willyabrup sea cliffs.
Our accommodation during this epic journey was also an incredible place to come back to each night. We stayed at the beautiful Injidup Spa Retreat, which is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World, and it more than deserves its place among this list of exclusive accommodation.
We absolutely loved our villa, which was decorated in neutral tones and had spectacular ocean views (even from the bed).
There was also a small plunge pool out the front of the villa, which was a welcome place to sit with a glass of local Sem Sav each afternoon after a hard day’s trekking!
As part of our four day walk, there were also a number of extra-curricular activities. On day one, we joined a tour of the Ngilgi cave, where our local guide told us about the Aboriginal history of the area and the legend of the cave, including the good spirit Ngilgi who inhabits the cave to keep the bad spirits out.
We also got to enjoy some of the spectacular food and wine the region has to offer. And I have to say, it was a great motivator to keep going on the track when I knew there was a crisp Sem Sav at the other end! On the second night, we had a degustation dinner at the beautiful Cape Lodge, which served up some sensational food while offering lovely views over the lake.
The last day of the trek wound up at the stunning Wills Domain winery, and after tasting the elegant food, we wondered why we hadn’t been there before. Every course was amazing, and matched beautifully with the wines. It was the perfect way to cap off what was an absolutely amazing four days.