Cape to Cape Day Walks for All Ages

Step into action on these family walks along the coast

Snaking its way along the coastline from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse near Dunsborough to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse near Augusta is the Cape to Cape Track. One of the most spectacular walks in the world, this 135km hiking trail attracts trekkers from around the world and locals alike. There are plenty of Cape to Cape Track day walks, if you don't want to go the entire length.

Whether you're looking for a short hour-long jaunt to see blooming wildflowers and gorgeous seascapes or longer walks that challenge your endurance, check out these suggestions for Cape to Cape Track day walks.

Photos by Jennifer Morton.

Short Day Hikes

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Whale Lookout

Technically, this short day hike isn't on the Cape to Cape Track. From Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, the Cape to Cape veers left, and the Whale Lookout goes right. But it's near enough, and this one is ideal for visitors looking for a glimpse into hiking in the South West bushland. The trail is reasonably good, but there are uneven bits and lots of sandy parts. If you're lucky, you'll spot kangaroos in the bushes and whales in the ocean. Blue wrens about in spring. If you've got binoculars, bring them.

Distance: 1.8km
Best for: whale watching from September to November

Walking trails Cape Naturaliste Whale Lookout

Canal Rocks

This is less of a hike and more of a walk to see the Canal Rocks, a group of large stone formations that hug the coastline south of Yallingup. From the carpark, walk to the man-made boardwalk and along the narrow bridge to watch the waves smash against the rocks.

Distance: 500m return
Best for: tourists and seniors

Canal Rocks Yallingup walks

Margaret River Reserve

Just before entering Margaret River townsite is Rotary Park. From here, a super easy loop track around the basin reserve will take you into the bush and along the river. The track is dog-friendly and suitable for prams and wheelchairs too. Afterwards, let the kids have fun at the playground or walk 280 metres up the road for lunch at The Brewhouse, a kid-friendly brewery.

Distance: 400m return
Best for: families with young kids and dogs

Walking Yallingup to Smiths Beach

Longer Day Walks

Yallingup to Smiths Beach

At the Yallingup townsite (at Yallingup Beach), you'll find the start of several hiking trails ranging from short and sweet to long and adventurous. You can enter the Cape to Cape Track from this spot too and follow it all the way to the majestic Smiths Beach. The 1.8km (one-way – the same as the Busselton Jetty) journey takes about 30 minutes, depending on your fitness levels and how often you stop to take photos. If you want to up the ante, add the Quenda Trail on your way back to Yallingup. This 4km loop track begins at the Smiths Beach car park and will take you slightly inland, allowing a different view for some of the hike back.

Distance: 3.6km+ return
Best for: fit and able-bodied hikers

Cape to Cape signs at Cape Naturaliste

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Sugar Loaf Rock

This nature trek is ideal for families, seniors, and anyone with mobility issues as a lot of the north end of it is bitumen or boardwalk. This beautiful coastal walk is perfect for a slow, casual walk to get out of the house and into the elements (hopefully sunshine). Take your time and have a picnic along the way.

Distance:7km return
Best for: wheelchairs and prams

kangaroo in the bush on the cape to cape track yallingup

To Quinninup Falls

If you visit in the right season (winter and spring), you may get to see Quinninup Falls in all its watery glory. Start at Moses Rock Road carpark and follow the Cape to Cape Track north. You'll pass a variety of terrain, including rocky paths, sand dunes, marshlands, and boardwalks. If you need to warm up after your winter hike, the region has lots of blazing fireplaces to cosy up to (with a beer or wine, of course).

Distance: 3km return
Best for: fit and adventurous types

More local walks in Yallingup, Dunsborough and Busselton

BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park is hands down the best family accommodation in Busselton. We have dog friendly accommodation and sites, and fantastic play equipment to keep the kids entertained. All within a hop, skip and a jump of the Cape to Cape Track, the Margaret River wine region and 150 metres from Busselton's pristine beach. Holiday bliss!