There’s no better hiking trail than the scenic Cape to Cape Track. The 132km track is Australia’s longest coastal trail and meanders along the spectacular coast from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. Along the way, the trail offers the best views of the natural wonders of the region, including world-class beaches, forests, rock formations, cliffs and wildflowers.
You can do the whole trail and camp along the way, or do a section at a time. You’ll easily find the trail markers at most beach carparks between the two capes. For guided tours, check out Walk into Luxury.
There are some great forest walks accessible from Margaret River township. Head to Rotary Park and follow the signs for a series of bushwalks or try 15km return walk to Ten Mile Brook Dam.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
There are plenty of opportunities for SUPing along the coast that cater for all levels. Experienced SUPers have a plethora of breaks to choose from. The protected waters around Gnarabup, Dunsborough and Gracetown are great for beginners and those who prefer flatwater to gnarly waves. Have an adventure and go paddle boarding along the river.
SUP hire, lessons and guided tours are available at Gnarabup Beach, in front of The White Elephant Café and Dunsborough. Check Margaret River Standup Surfing for details.
Kayak hire is available at Margaret Rivermouth, Prevellly and offers one of the best ways to discover the tranquillity of the river. The very popular Bushtucker Tours continue to be one of Margaret Rivers most popular tours and let you explore the natural diversity and ecosystem of the region.
The Margaret River region has a sophisticated network of caves with more than 150 Caves under the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge stretching from Yallingup to Augusta. Depending on the cave, these can be explored on tours or at your leisure. Ngili Cave, near Yallingup offers torchlight tours and adventure caving. Find out more at www.margaretriver.com
For a birds-eye view of the spectacular coastline, jump out of a plane with Southern Skydivers. Flights take off from Busselton with the option of landing on the beach. You also get a 20-minute flight with views of Geographe Bay, Cape Naturaliste and the Margaret River wine region.
Abseiling and Rock Climbing
West Australia may not be known for it’s huge mountains, but there are still a few opportunities to get vertical. The cliff ranges at Wyllabrup offer some of the region’s best climbing. Other options are Moses Rock, which is shorter and smaller than Wyllabrup and great for beginners, Wallcliffe, Gracetown Crag and Bob’s Hollow.
Guided tours can be organised with the Margaret River Climbing Co.
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Nina Burakowski is a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for outdoor adventures. For more travel inspiration, visit her blog at www.westaustralianexplorer.com
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