Cape to Cape Walk
In February 2017, seventeen men and women Martu Leadership Program participants completed a section of the Cape to Cape walk covering 35km over three days. The walk is an annual start of year team bonding leadership activity. New participants are guided on the walk by existing members and are supported by staff and tour guides.
Prior to the walk, the group visited the Wardandi Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Yallingup for a welcome to country ceremony, an introduction to the history of the area and the traditional owners and the importance of keeping culture and language strong.
The women, all on their first hike, walked from north to south starting at Redgate and finishing at Hamlin Bay. The men took the opposite direction starting south walking north.
On the second day, the two teams met halfway for lunch before continuing in opposite directions.
The participants practiced leadership skills on the walk by taking turns in leading the walk, following the map, guiding fellow walkers, setting up camp and preparing meals. The leadership participants explored the beautiful wild south west coast from the expansive cliffs to the impressive jarrah and karri forests and extensive white beaches. All participants reported that the walk was a life changing experience. Despite the heavy backpacks, aches and muscle pains everyone completed the walk proudly.