MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (3 NIGHTS)
Described as one of Australia’s finest gourmet establishments, Cape Lodge private estate and boutique hotel sits within 40 acres (16 hectares) on its own vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River wine region. It provides walkers with a very comfortable base to return to after hiking each day along Western Australia’s premier coastal long distance hike, the Cape to Cape Track.
A selection of must do walks:
Signature Landmark Hike: Cape to Cape Track, located on a windswept limestone ridge, perched on a basement of ancient and resistant granite rocks, stretches 135 kilometre (83 miles) north-south track between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.
The full cape to cape track will take you 5-7 days, so for your three day stay, simply pick a section to walk. Highlights include Wilyabrup cliffs and the Boaranup Karri Forest.
Gentler Walk: Wander through Western Australia’s iconic wildflowers and coastal heath, along elevated limestone ridges, across deserted beaches and rocky coves and under the karri sentinels of the hardwood forests. A highly qualified and entertaining guide will share a wealth of knowledge about the local area and the Track’s geology, ecology, biodiversity, culture and history.
Highlight Trail: Meander through the 40 acres (16 hectares) of manicured parkland and lakes to arrive at the 8 acre (3 hectare) vineyard producing fine Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz exclusively for guests of the hotel.
TRANSIT: Drive to Perth airport (three hours) and fly to Sydney (four hours). Stay overnight in Sydney then fly to Lord Howe Island (two hours). Drive five minutes to Capella Lodge.