Across Australia’s Margaret River Region
Imagine enjoying a breath taking trail minus the conventional hiking regulars of a heavy backpack, portable tent, tinned soup and the much dreaded half cooked oat porridge for breakfast. Yes! Taking a walk along Australia’s scenic Margaret River coastline gets a whole new meaning while on an indulgent walking holiday organised by Margaret River’s prominent ‘Walk Into Luxury’ group. This getaway promises luxury and style literally every step of the way. The eight day ‘Ultimate Luxury Experience’ offers an unmatched experience for the senses. It includes overnight stays at small luxury hotels replete with wine tastings, exclusive degustation dinners, tasting menus with ‘Art Series’ wine at Leeuwin Estate, in-villa chef dinner experiences, optional kayaking and sampling of private winery lunches with an indulgent 60-minute spa massage session thrown in too.
(The Contos cliffs make for an ideal stop on your walk)
(Relax after a day of walking on your private deck at Injidup Spa Retreat)
(Tours include lunch at Wills Domain Winery)
(Cape to Cape Track, near Contos Beach)
Once a walker gets hooked to his walking trails, he is forever visualising and dreaming of setting foot on another location, another destination.
The walk and the setting
Nestled in the picturesque Margaret River wine region in Australia’s South West, the iconic Cape to Cape track features one of Australia’s great walks and covers 135 kms of pristine coastline from Cape Naturaliste (near Yallingup) in the North, to Cape Leeuwin (near Augusta) lighthouse in the South. The track is located about a three-hour drive from Perth airport. Private airport transfer by car or limousine is available on request. Experience personalised travel in style, opting either for a helicopter or private jet transfer and revel in the view of the magnificent coastline that stretches out in all its expansive glory.
Comfortably ensconced within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the trail offers an unique experience that is at once visually stimulating and (reasonably) physically challenging as one traverses varied terrain from pristine beaches to coastal rock face, limestone cliffs, granite rocks and bushy tracks. Walking tours are specially designed for the traveller who is ready to embark on a trek while soaking in the gorgeous Australian vistas and along the way sampling gourmet cuisine, world renowned wines and local produce from the famed region.
Enthusiasts can choose among the ‘Luxury Taster’ four-day private walk, ‘Margaret River’ which is ideal for a long weekend and an eight day ‘Ultimate Luxury Experience’ private walk. These walks can be self-guided for those wanting to savour the great outdoors in complete isolation or in a group of likeminded walkers or even with a private guide who shows the way while keeping quiet vigil and company on the trail. Each of these packages is all-inclusive and feature luxurious overnight accommodation, a keepsake custom insulated backpack with hydration system, pre-configured GPS device, guidebook, trail notes and gourmet hampers.
Optimising the walking experience
The well-paced walk spans over the number of days covered on the trail. Walking at a moderate pace, it is aimed to cover about six to twelve kilometres a day with adequate breaks in between where you can enjoy the packed gourmet hamper or simply enjoy the exhilarating high of happy endorphins while you sit back and unwind. Pick ups to the trail and back are organised to provide an unhurried and comfortable experience.
During the course of the trail, walkers get to appreciate the delicate ecosystem right from the majestic Karri forest to the coastal crags and lighthouse, filling their lungs with the purest air, decluttering mentally, taking a random selfie in any of the numerous scenic spots and simply allowing feelings of unadulterated joy wash over them. A half-day’s walk each day creates enough opportunity to enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the hotel and explore the Margaret River region, famed for its local wines and produce. A soothing treat awaits after the walk with a 30-minute pampering spa massage at various award winning spas.
Once rejuvenated, enjoy a clifftop sunset with drinks and a didgeridoo (local musical instrument of the Aboriginal Australians) performance. Gourmands can enjoy an exclusive degustation dinner with matched wine at the Cape Lodge and a private gourmet barbeque dinner in the luxurious confines of the oceanfront villa.
Forging a bond with nature
As most ‘walkers’ will endorse, their relationship with trees, shrubs, wild flowers, birds, butterflies, scurrying rabbits and day-night animals acquires a very different hue as opposed to the people who they are in contact with in their ‘other’ lives. Once a walker gets hooked to his walking trails, he is forever visualising and dreaming of setting foot on another location, another destination.
The Margaret Rivers’ ‘Walk into Luxury’ retreat will indeed be a special one, with lingering memories of sightings, experiences and a whole new vista of visuals. The walking holiday will have something for all groups, be it a honeymooning couple, a group of girlfriends, a solitary reaper or just a bunch of strangers. At the end of the trail, each guest will leave with memories to cherish forever and a silent promise to embark on a new walk soon.
Carry sun screen, regular medication, change of clothes and appropriate wet weather clothing and footwear
Avail of car collection/relocation service while on the trail to ensure hassle-free departure after the trail
Spring is the best time to enjoy wildflowers in full bloom
Cape Leeuwin is the meeting point of the Southern and Indian oceans. Stop here to enjoy a peaceful moment
Visit the historic Cape Naturaliste lighthouse, an architectural marvel constructed in 1903
Humpback and Southern Right whales migrate along the coast from June to November, and dolphins are spotted year round
Bask in the solitude at the isolated Injidup beach.
Explore the Margaret River region to stock up on local produce, wines and souvenirs for your trip home
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