The Denmark Region is abundant with natural beauty. Trees, hills, beaches, rocks, wildlife... Even the town of Denmark sits astride the beautiful curving Denmark River as it gracefully flows into the Wilson Inlet.
The Wilson Inlet has been an untouched sanctuary for the Black Swans for hundreds of years. The Denmark region is known to the aboriginal community as 'Koorabup' meaning 'place of the Black Swan' and is home to many species of waterbirds including the Western Australian Pelican, Black Swan and of course the Blue Wren, the symbol of Denmark Shire.
The Town of Denmark (once called 'Denmark River') is a wonderfully vibrant culturally-rich town filled with as Wikipedia puts it (and we agree):
"... a colourful mix of different characters, individualists, followers of natural care, spiritualists, naturalists, artisans, artists and retired people from all parts of the world. Some of them see Denmark more or less as a sanctuary."
Denmark, Western Australia
Some of our favourite locations:
We have a special place in our heart for Denmark. The moment we rolled into the valleys and tree-covered hills we knew we found the place we would call home. And though we'd never been to Denmark before, we bought our home that very same weekend and have been enjoying the beautiful changing colours of the seasons of the Rainbow Coast ever since. If you are thinking of taking a holiday or vacation in Denmark... come on down. But be aware; you might not want to leave. ~ Editor
The Wilson Inlet
The Wilson Inlet is fed from the Denmark and Hay Rivers and is less than 1km south of town. This majestic water is divided from the ocean by a sandbar which covers the opening much of the year. Visit the Wilson Inlet.
There are many beautiful beaches along the Denmark coast. We have included a page on each of them as well as a very cool Denmark Beaches Map (if we do say so ourselves!) Visit the Denmark Beaches MAP to get your bearings and to choose your beach!
Denmark WA is surrounde by many beautiful beaches that will challenge your ideas of what beautiful beaches are like. Greens Pool and Elephant Cove in William Bay National Park are outstanding for their natural beauty. Ocean Beach and Lights Beach are great surfing and beachwalking beaches. Prawn Rock Channel is popular in the middle of summer for a wave-less swimming experience. Every choice is a winner.
Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the closest beach to Denmark Town. A popular surfing spot and lookout.. Visit Ocean Beach
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
A commercial fishing site, the beach is best visited after 3.30pm as advised by the sign. Visit Crusoe Beach
Hillier Beach, on Hillier Bay, is located less than a kilometre South of Parry Beach along Parry Beach Road. Visit Hillier Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
In Madfish Bay an island rests close to the shore. The waves at this beach come from two different directions. Visit Madfish Bay
Mazzoletti Beach stretches from Greens Pool in the East by foot to Parry Beach in the West by car where it crosses the Parry Inlet at Parry Beach Visit Mazzoletti Beach
Offering spectacular views across William Bay towards Green Pool and Elephant Rocks. Camping permitted if available. Visit Parry Beach
Peaceful Bay beach is split in two by the Irwin Inlet as it discharges into the ocean. Sand dunes abound. Visit Peaceful Bay
Prawn Rock Channel
Prawn Rock Channel is located just north of Ocean Beach (you drive right past it on your way to Ocean Beach). This secluded slow-running channel of water is an ideal swimming spot. Visit Prawn Rock Channel
Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk & Ancient Empires Walk:
A magnificent walkway takes you into the canopy of Ancient Tingle Trees at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk. Truly amazing and worth a visit... The Valley of the Giants is the most visited place on the south coast. That's because of the Giant Tingle Trees and the architecturally designed pathway which takes you gradually into their giant forest canopy. At about forty metres, the view is breathtaking. It's not often you get to stand, head height, among these ancient giants.
Harewood Forest Walk
Harewood Forest is an almost 1.5k walk through the forest. The stream at the end is the turn-around point. Filled with information on history, flora & fauna. Visit Harewood Forest Walk
Terrestrial & Marine Biodiversity
There are a large number of indigenous bird species, including Splendid Bue Fairy-wrens (the emblem of Denmark), Western Australian Rosellas, Australian White Ibis, Australian Pelicans, Australian Ringnecks... etc.
This region of WA is in the top nine terrestrial habitats for terrestrial biodiversity in the world, with a higher proportion of endemic species than other equivalent regions.
Thanks to the offshore Leeuwin Current the area numbers in the top six regions for marine biodiversity, containing the most southerly coral reefs in the world.
The air is fresh and clean. Many people travel from all over the world to experience the natural beauty of this magnificent part of the world.
Many species of reptiles including snakes and skinks can be found. Marsupials such as the Western Grey Kangaroo, the Quokka, the Southern Brown Bandicoot and the Common Brushtail Possum also live in the Denmark area.
Dolphins: "The abundance of fish, squid and other marine life in the Denmark estuaries and along the coastline attracts Bottlenose Dolphins and seals, and every year Southern Right Whales rest there during their long migrations to the north.
Adventuring at Lights Beach we watched the dolphins chase fish INSIDE the enormous turquoise waves as they were crashing close to the shore! Wow! A truly memorable experience.
Denmark Wineries & Vineyards
An inspiring selection of quality accommodation of all types. Friendly service. Choose from a variety of great accommodation set in and around Denmark. Find Accommodation in Denmark.
Denmark has been a major producer of cool climate wine for over thirty years. Grown in natural soil with some of the freshest air on the planet Denmark is a must-visit for the wine connoisseur! Visit Denmark Wine.
The South-West of Western Australia
Western Australia is bounded by South Australia and the Northern Territory to the east, and the Indian Ocean to the west and north. In Australia, the body of water south of the continent is officially gazetted as the Southern Ocean, whereas the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) designates it as part of the Indian Ocean.
The southwest coastal area has a Mediterranean climate and was originally heavily forested, including large stands of the karri, one of the tallest trees in the world.
This region of Western Australia is in the top nine terrestrial habitats for terrestrial biodiversity. Thanks to the offshore Leeuwin Current the area numbers in the top six regions for marine biodiversity, containing the most southerly coral reefs in the world.
History of Denmark, WA
The first European to explore
the district was Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson in 1829.
A surgeon with the Royal Navy Wilson decided to explore
the land to the west of Albany while his ship was laid
up in King George III Sound.
The Wilson Inlet was named after him by Governor Stirling
and Wilson named Denmark after a colleague, Dr Alexander