1. I have not hiked before – can I do a Walk into Luxury walk?
Of course you can. Our walks are designed so that any reasonably fit and healthy person can complete the sections covered each day. You do not need to be a serious hiker or to have gone on a walking holiday before to enjoy our walks. You will complete manageable sections of the Cape to Cape track, which is one of the great walks of Australia, averaging between six and 14 kilometres per day. Please refer to our section on “Your Health and Safety” for more information on how to prepare for your walk.
2. What food is provided?
Gourmet food and wine is included with all walks. We use locally sourced quality produce, and top local restaurants and wineries, to provide an unmatched food offering on each walk. You will start each day with a sumptuous breakfast hamper in your room, or breakfast will be provided at a great local cafe. You will be provided gourmet lunch hampers for your insulated backpack each day (or just the snacks, on days where lunch is provided at a winery or in your villa). Dinner is either an in-villa hamper, private chef, or an exclusive dinner at a leading restaurant or winery. And did we mention the Margaret River wines and cheese included in your villa?! See our Food and Wine section for more information.
3. Is it really all inclusive?
Yes, each walk includes luxury accommodation and all gourmet food and wine including feature dining experiences. You will also be able to indulge in hand-selected wines and craft beers in your accommodation, as well as premium wines with dinner and some lunches. The all-inclusive price also covers the following items:
- A well-deserved massage at an award winning spa for our private 4 and 8 day walks (a massage is optional on our small group walk)
- Insulated backpack with hydration pack and other items, yours to keep (or you can opt to take your own daypack if you prefer);
- Luxury accommodation at Injidup Spa Retreat, Losari Retreat, Smiths Beach Resort, Cape Lodge and/or Pullman Bunker Bay Resort (as applicable – see the detailed itinerary for each walk for more information)
- All luggage and track transfers
- Detailed trail notes and maps for self-guided walks and a GPS communication device that allows you to contact us at any time
- Wine tastings
4. What optional add-ons are available?
Certain optional add-ons are able to be added to your booking including:
- if you are doing a private 4 day or 8 day walk, a private guide can be added to your booking to lead you on each day of your private walk (a guide is included on the 4 day small group walk)
- on the 8 day private Cape To Cape walk, you will have the option of joining the Margaret River Discovery Co. discovery tour ($188 pp) on day four, rather than walking – this six hour tour includes kayaking on Margaret River, wine tasting and more (see the detailed itinerary for the eight day walk for more details)
- Return Perth to Margaret River transfers can be added, or a car relocation service if you are self-driving to the region (please see the Getting there page or please contact our team for more details).
5. I’m nervous about not having a guide. How will I know where to go?
If you choose a private self-guided walk, the Cape to Cape track is marked with yellow and black markers that are spaced approximately 100 metres apart (more in some areas, and less in others) to help guide you. The markers are useful, but cannot be solely relied on. That is why we provide you with very detailed trail notes and maps to help you navigate your way along the Cape to Cape track. Your GPS device also allows you to request directions if you are unsure which way to go at any point. If you would prefer a guide though, we can certainly accommodate this. If you’re still not sure about being on the track on your own, why not join us on the fully guided 4 day small group Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk? Or as noted above, at the time of booking a private walk, you can request to add a private guide.
6. What gear do I need to bring?
For each day of your walk, we recommend you wear long loose fitting clothing – for both sun protection and skin protection from stray branches and scrub. Sturdy hiking shoes and good socks are also a must. We also recommend you pack the following items:
- Sun protection (hat, sunscreen and sunglasses)
- Water and wind-proof jacket and pants in case of inclement weather – our walks are enjoyable in any season provided you come prepared!
- Small towel and bathers if you intend to swim (there are many beautiful swimming spots along the Cape to Cape track)
- Spare socks
- A thermos if you would enjoy a cup of tea or coffee on the track – there are coffee and tea facilities in all accommodation but you will need your own thermos
- Personal items and medication
- Spare change if you would like to buy refreshments or souvenirs from cafes or the lighthouses (as applicable) during your walk
- Prescription glasses for reading the trail notes
- Your camera!
- Additional water is available in your transfer vehicle on the days you are transferred to the track – please take one to add to your hydration pack during your walk, especially if it a hot day
7. What if I get lost?
The detail included in the trail notes and maps, combined with the nature of the sections of the track we have chosen, mean that you are unlikely to get lost. But it is always good to be prepared, so you will have a GPS device provided to you before you start your Cape To Cape walk (one device per two person booking) that allows you to communicate with us via text message and to receive messages back from us. This device will also allow us to pin-point your location on the track from our computer screen or mobile phone so we will know where you are. If you are lost, all you need to do is take a rest and send the pre-set “I’m lost, send directions” message to the Walk into Luxury contact number (which is also pre-set on the GPS device) and wait for instructions. You will be shown how to do this at your pre-walk briefing.
8. Where is the Margaret River region and how do I get there?
Please refer to our Getting There page.
9. What weather can we expect?
The weather is generally cool and wet in winter (June – August), and hot and dry in summer (December – February). Spring and autumn can vary between the two. You are likely to experience quite warm weather still in November, March and April. September, October and May are generally milder, but there is the odd cold rainy day, and the odd warm one too. In fact, as the Cape to Cape track runs along the coast, it is not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day, so it is best to be prepared for anything! See our FAQ on what gear to bring.
For more information, see http://www.mronline.com.au/weather/weatherview.htm
10. When is the best time to go?
The Cape to Cape track is lovely any time of the year, it just depends what type of climate you prefer, and what you would like to experience on your walk. Here is an idea of the benefits of walking the track in different months. If you would like to have a dip in one of the many pristine beaches along the Cape to Cape track (or outside your accommodation), then the warmer weather from October to April will be ideal. Although that is not to say you cannot enjoy a refreshing swim in the cooler months as well after a hard morning’s walk. There are dramatic coastal cliffs along the Cape to Cape track that are all the more spectacular when the wild winter waves are lashing the coast. If experiencing the full force of nature then retiring to a glass of red by the fire is your idea of a good holiday, then June to August (and to a lesser extent, May and September) will suit you. For the nature lover, Humpback and Southern Right whales migrate along the coast from June to November, and dolphins are spotted year round, as are a beautiful array of birds. Wildflowers are plentiful in the Spring, but this can also be the busiest time of year on the track. For solitude we recommend February and March, and July and August.
11. Can I travel by myself and have a single room?
Absolutely, but there are a couple of things to know. For safety reasons, we do not allow anyone to walk self guided without a companion, so you will need to opt for a private guide at the time of booking any of our private walks (see guided solo traveler rates on our private walk pages) or confirm you are walking with others who have already separately booked. You may instead like to join a guided small group walk. The solo traveler rate including single room supplement is shown on the 4 day small group walk page. This is automatically added during the checkout process if you book online.
13. What accommodation can I expect if I book as part of a group?
Private group bookings are accommodated in a combination of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas depending on the size of the group and the villas available at the time of booking. At the time of booking, please let us know your preference for your group – ie one two/three bedroom villa for your group to share, or a single room villa each for each couple in your group. If you are joining a small group walk with friends, you will be accommodated in one or two bedroom villas at luxurious Injidup Spa Retreat, with many rooms able to be configured with twin single beds. To ensure a single share room on the small group walk, a single room supplement of $400 applies (refer to the Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk page for more).
14. I want to make a booking for more then 6 people. Can I do this?
Of course. Please email us or fill out an enquiry form with details about your group size and walk request and we will confirm availability within 24 hours.
15. When will I have my included massage?
You will be allocated a time for your massage at the time of booking a 4 day or 8 day private walk, but you will have the option of contacting the spa directly if you would prefer to have your massage at another time. If you do change your massage time, please keep in mind that you will need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. You should wait until you have received your detailed itinerary with the timing for each day’s walk confirmed so you can choose an appropriate time for your massage. If you are joining a 4 day small group walk, you may opt to book a massage by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Injidup Spa Retreat directly.
16. How long will it take to complete each day’s walk?
You will only walk manageable sections of between 6 and 14 kilometres per day, which equates to about 3-6 hours walking time. Your transfers are scheduled so that you can walk at a leisurely pace and enjoy your gourmet hamper along the way. If walking self-guided, you will be able to contact the driver using your GPS device if you are running late.
17. Do you have an age limit?
We ask that any guests aged over 69 years bring a medical certificate confirming their fitness to undertake the relevant walk.