FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
MARGARET RIVER, THE CAPE TO CAPE & THE GREATER SOUTHWEST
ABOUT WALKS ON THE CAPE TO CAPE
1. Where is the Cape to Cape?
The Cape to Cape is a 135 km long stretch of coastal north-south trail from one end of the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park to the other. In Spring, the track is alive with native wildflowers and the Indian Ocean hosts migrating whales. Google it!!!!
The track is typically seen to start at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and end at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse or vice versa, depending on the direction you are travelling. It follows quite closely the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge and covers a diversity of sandy coastal terrains, coastal heath, limestone outcrops and granite paths, beaches, coastal woodlands, and old Karri and Marri forest.
2. How difficult is the track?
It is a magic walk that anyone with moderate fitness can do given enough time. There are some sections that are moderate to strenuous – with some hilly parts going up and down the ridge but generally it’s moderate and we are there to make sure that you do it at your own pace.
Beaches are the challenge for most people but (unless requested) we tend to walk in a north-south direction so that by the time you get to the long beaches, your body is already pumping for it!
3. Is there a lot of beach walking (i.e. walking on sand)?
When you walk the whole track, there is a total of approximately 25 km of sandy beach, the longest of which is 7 km. Sometimes the wetter areas are firm and easy to walk on, often the sand is loose and fine well, like a beach…just think of it as a great glutes workout with incredible views of turquoise coloured ocean.
You can take your time, maybe slip off your boots and enjoy the ocean, the sand between your toes and the tranquillity – there is rarely anyone around and the beaches are stunning!
4. How much am I expected to carry each day?
4. How do we get to Margaret River?
Margaret River is 290 km southwest of Perth. Most people drive the 3-hour journey and stop to check out the Busselton Jetty along the way. It’s an easy drive – pretty much a straight all the way with well sign-posted directions all along…all in English.
If you are coming on one of our multi-day walking tours then we will be picking you up and dropping you off, unless pre-arranged, so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride…but Google it
You can also catch local public transport. There are two coach companies Southwest Coaches and TransWA and they both take about the same amount of time to get down and cost about the same too, about $50. Please check their timetables
5. Where is the Fitzgerald River National Park?
The Fitzgerald River National Park is approximately 5 hours south-east of Perth and
What is the terrain like?
What if I'm a slow walker?
What if I need a day off?
What happens if I am injured or sick?
How much walking do we do each day?
What will I be expected to carry each day?
Are there snakes or other dangerous wildlife?
How far from Perth is the Fitzgerald River National Park?
What time of the year is the best to see wildflowers?
How far are we walking each day?
Is Mongolia in China?
No, Mongolia is a sovereign state and a country in its own right - its capital is Ulaan Baatar. There is a region in China called the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region that used to be part of the Mongolian territory until 1947.
How do we get visas?
How safe is the area where we are walking?
4. What equipment do we need?
5. Will we be carrying our own packs & how heavy will they be?
ANSWER: While walking we will be carrying only a day pack, so a small pack that will carry our food for the day and snacks, water and whatever items you want to carry on you while walking like your camera or your sunscreen. You can make them as light as you like.
6.Do we have to know how to put up tents?
ANSWER: No, you will not need to get involved in the setting up of the camp every night. This task will be professionally carried out by the support crew, including our expedition cook, who is coming along on the walk with us. They will be walking ahead of us with the camels and horses and setting up camp before we arrive every afternoon.
7. Where...you know...will we go to the toilet?
ANSWER: In nature for number 1s and if you need to number 2s (we will be carrying a small shovel) but there will also be a campsite toilet set up every evening in a separate spot from the campsite for a bit of privacy.
9. Are the flights there and back included in the price?
ANSWER: No, you have to get your own return ticket to Ulaan Bataar, but once you are there we take care of everything else including in-country flights, meals, accommodation, transport, all activities and material for activities and me 24/7 at you service.
10. what level of fitness is required?
11. Will I get altitude sickness?
12. What happens if I get injured or sick?