LOCATION: End of Cape Naturaliste Road
Level of Fitness: Easy
Length: 3.5km each way – 7km all up
Trail Type: Paved and boardwalk – accessible for wheelchairs
Other Useful Information: Toilets at both ends
We set off from Busselton at 7.00am and ventured down south. With forecasted warm weather, it’s always best hiking early hours of the morning. It’s also a cruisy drive as there’s not much traffic at that time of the day. Starting from the Cape Naturaliste carpark, we set off left on the Cape to Cape Trail.
The trail is really easy especially if you are fit. It’s perfect for beginners. Some sections are boardwalk and one had a little lookout. It’s also wheelchair accessible. Anyone can enjoy this beautiful walk with spectacular views of oceanside.
The vegetation surrounding the track is vibrant, dense and full of life. We came across this really strange hairy matter wrapped up in a shrub. At first we thought it was fur from a cat but soon realised it was indeed part of the plant. Freaky if you ask me.
As we walked along, I couldn’t help but loudly voice my awe repeatedly and I was probably really annoying! There are moments when I’m in nature and I honestly feel my breath taken away. I am filled with so much joy and gratitude. I find it amazing that we can be totally immersed in the creative and brilliant energy of this universe – and it’s available all around us. Is that what God intended?
Sugar Loaf Rock
We stopped for a toilet break before heading up to the look out. By the way, they were the cleanest toilets I have been too out in the bush! I was excited to see the rock we had been looking at from a distance as we walked along the trail. Now – nothing against the Sugarloaf Rock but at this time of the day and from the lookout, it just looks like a big ol’ rock in the ocean! I’d imagine at sunrise and sunset, it would give off a totally different vibe. I had to get closer and take it in from a different view. There’s an unofficial trail next to the lookout. It’s a short rocky climb down. From here, the views were more intimate and beautiful. I was reminded of Santorini – that island vibe. The range of turquoise tones trickled against the rocks and when I looked up into the sky I could see the moon still shining. Can you see it?
I ran back up to the lookout to meet the girls and we headed back down the trail the way we came. It started heating up by this time so we were glad we set off early. Although we walked the same trail back, it still fires up your sense. The orange almost tuscan coloured cliffs contrasted beautifully against the ocean blues.
Walking and talking
As we were walking and talking, the topic of conversation grew really juicey. We exchanged opinions about body image and what it means to be healthy. We all agreed that it would be inspiring and meaningful if the media portrayed more women in a realistic way – less airbrushing and photoshop. I find myself in awe of women who can own who they are, as they are. I was really encouraged to keep doing what I am doing and to be myself – after all, if you want others to see how beautiful they are you have to see it about yourself too.
There’s not much to explain about this trail because it’s quite straight forward. There’s clear signage and the path is evident the entire way. I’d have to say though that when you hike a lot in the bush, it is a nice change of scenery hiking along ocean side. I particularly liked the simplicity out here.
That’s two parts done now – which part of the Cape to Cape should I do next? Comment below!