Cape to Cape Track report recommends overnight fee

Jackson Barrett & Bella KitchenBusselton Dunsborough Times
The Cape to Cape walk trail, near the Wilyabrup Cliffs.
Camera IconThe Cape to Cape walk trail, near the Wilyabrup Cliffs. Credit: Dan Avila/Tourism Western Australia, Dan Avila

A pre-feasibility study into future developments of the Cape to Cape Track by Tourism WA has found the introduction of a fee for overnight walkers could be one of the ways the track is brought up to world-class standard.

The study, completed during October, recommends basic camping facilities along stops on the 123km stretch between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste. It suggests upgrading the track and installing ablutions, cooking shelters and tent platforms at campsites paid for with a new fee, rather than more up-market options.

A fee starting at $11 per night for overnight walker accommodation on the track is proposed, should the recommendations from the study be implemented.

A Tourism WA spokesperson said the feasibility study recommended that a master plan be developed for the popular track.

“The study was undertaken earlier this year to consider what types of accommodation might be suitable on the Cape to Cape Track,” the spokesperson said.

“The study has flagged the track needs significant upgrades to be considered a world-class experience and recommends a master plan be developed to outline potential improvements as well as identify tourism and recreation opportunities.

“The track is a must-do walking experience through sheltered forests, along pristine beaches, and overlooking spectacular coastal scenery.”

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association joint chief executive officer Sharna Kearney said the association agreed with all the findings of the study and supported the recommendations.

“We feel the demand for the Cape to Cape Track is going to continue to grow, and COVID has showed that increase of people wanting to do outdoor walking activities,” Ms Kearney said.

“Taking the recommendations into account and improving the track supports the existing tourism product that is here and has ability to elevate that and inspire new private-sector tourism products to start.

“We support the concept of a fee for users as it creates investment into the track, especially to keep up maintenance with increased users.”

A State Government spokesperson told Seven West Media the Government currently had no intentions of charging a fee.

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