266-Cape to Cape Track: Reality vs Expectations

Show notes

In this podcast episode we discuss our pre-trip expectations for the Western Australia Cape to Cape Track and compare them to the reality of the trip itself. This was very much a trip of two halves so we got more of an experience than we expected. In this episode we discuss how the trip panned out and make some recommendations that will help you get the best out of this experience.

Podcast Overview

  • Podcast and Episode introduction (time index 0:01:30)
  • Transport  (time index 0:02:03)
    • To Perth
    • To the Trailhead
      • Planes, trains, and automobiles
  • Head south (time index 0:03:52)
  • The Trailheads-Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin (time index 0:05:19)
  • Campsites (time index 0:06:15)
    • Camping
      • Variety
      • Parks Stay WA booking site
      • Campsites
        • Mt Duckworth
        • Moses Rocks
        • Conto Campground
    • Toilets
      • long drops!
    • Tables
  • Holiday Parks
    • Prevelly
      • Range of options
    • Hamelin Bay
      • Range of options
  • Trail (time index 0:16:09)
    • Trail tread consists of a combination of natural trail, beach and rock walking, and occasional timber and constructed trail
      • Constructed
      • Natural
        • The sand!
        • Beach walking with lots of 4WD vehicles
        • Sandy management roads and 4WD vehicles
        • Rock platforms. beware blowholes!
  • Water on trail (time index 0:22:52)
    • Rainwater tanks at natural campsites
      • Tanks are filled by rainfall
    • Taps at Conto
  • Mobile reception – Telstra (time index 0:23:47)
    • Intermittent, if there’s signal its mainly voice and text (Telstra is your best option)
    • Internet access in a few areas but its weak
  • Flowering plants and Temperatures on trail (time index 0:25:46)
  • The scenery/animals-birds (time index 0:26:54)
    • Beach
    • Coastal heathland
    • Animal and bird life
  • Inlet crossings (time index 0:28:09)
    • Something many hikers may have never done before
    • Carry a tide chart
    • Margaret River
    • Others?
  • When to walk (time index 0:32:37)
    • When?
  • The Guidebook (time index 0:35:46)
    • FarOut App
  • Things to make the trip better (time index 0:36:43)
  • Gill and Tim’s wrap up (time index 0:38:15)
    • How many days?
    • Stove fuel
  • Bloopers
  • Close (time index 0:43:24)


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