Prawn Rock Channel

Near Ocean Beach in the Denmark Region of WA
Prawn Rock Channel, Denmark, WA

Prawn Rock Channel is located at the far western end of the Wilson Inlet, a few hundred mtrs north of Ocean Beach. The rock channel creates an island in the Wilson Inlet which you can cross to using a floating bridge near the channel's northern end.

The channel flows out into the Southern Ocean when the Wilson Inlet channel is dug across Ocean Beach each year to connect the Inlet with the ocean.

Only a few kilometres outside Denmark on Ocean Beach Road, the popular swimming location is just before the Ocean Beach look-out which is well signposted.

Prawn Rock Channel, Denmark, Western Australia
Prawn Rock Channel, Denmark, Western Australia

Prawn Rock Channel facing West across the Wilson Inlet.

The lovely part about Prawn Rock Channel is that it changes quite regularly. The depth of the water rises and falls, the strength of the flow of water from and to the ocean varies, making the water flow in and up, or out towards the ocean.

An easy place to keep your eye on children, when the channel is shallow, an ideal place to spend the day swimming in the beautiful waters without the crashing of waves... but if you want waves, walk around the headland to Ocean Beach!

Prawn Rock Channel Panorama in Summer School Holidays, Denmark, Western Australia
Summer at Prawn Rock Channel

Depending on the time of year you visit the channel may be deep and fast or slow and shallow.

The waves from Ocean Beach change the level of the sand at the bottom of the Channel, sometimes even carving a deeper channel through the shallow sand.

The water is warmer than the Ocean as this water is mixed with that of the Wilson Inlet, which is fed by rivers and land-locked therefore tends to be a lot warmer and more pleasant to swim in for longer periods of time.

A wonderful place to spend time enjoying the tranquility of Denmark.

Prawn Rock Channel facing north, Denmark, Western Australia

The bridge crossing onto the island over Prawn Rock Channel in the Wilson Inlet

Ocean Beach, Denmark, Western Australia

You can see the state of the channel at any time from Ocean Beach Lookout which is immediately left after Prawn Rock Channel.

An access road will bring you up, to the left along the cliff top to the Ocean Beach Lookout.

This lookout is also an easy way for surfers and wind-surfers to check the waves and wind.

Prawn Rock Channel - Calm

Wilson Inlet and Ocean Currents

The Channel at Prawn Rock is a changeable place. Most noticably is the change of water colour which occurs when the inlet is an inlet... or an outlet. When the water flows INTO the Inlet from the ocean (via a channel which is dug at the end of Ocean Beach) the water is ocean-y blue and turquoise. Cool and fresh, this water flows into the inlet and up Prawn Rock Channel. The water is fresh and ocean-cold.

Wilson Inlet Channel with Ocean Water

When the Inlet current is dominant, the inlet waters flow out into the ocean. The Wilson Inlet, along with almost all of the inlets along the coast are stained with tannin from the gum tree leaves which fall into the rivers and streams which feed the Inlet. Among them the Hay and Denmark rivers. This tea-staining effect changes the colour of the water, and of course the temperature of the water is much warmer than the ocean.

Wilson Inlet Channel with tannin-stained Inlet Water

Ocean Beach, Denmark, Western Australia

Later in summer the beach (Ocean Beach) begins to fill the channel that was dug and the water gets shallower.

Ocean Beach, Denmark, Western Australia
Ocean Beach, Denmark, Western Australia

When the sandbar (beach) is breached each year the Inlet floods out into the ocean, widening the channel.

Ocean Beach, Denmark, Western Australia

When the sandbar is finally back, the Inlet tries to trickle out over the beach... but it will have to wait until a new channel is dug next year, starting it all over again.

Attractions in Denmark and surrounds:

Ocean Beach Ocean Beach
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
Denmark Town Denmark Town
In the heart of the Rainbow Coast on the north side of the Wilson Inlet, along the beautiful Denmark River. Visit Denmark Town
The Wilson Inlet The Wilson Inlet
This majestic Inlet is divided from the ocean by a sandbar which covers the opening much of the year. Visit The Wilson Inlet
Anvil Beach Anvil Beach
Anvil Beach is a beautiful beach on the south side of Nullaki Peninsula on the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Anvil Beach
Crusoe Beach Crusoe Beach
A commercial fishing site, the beach is best visited after 3.30pm as advised by the sign. Visit Crusoe Beach
Denmark Windfarm Denmark Windfarm
The Denmark Community Windfarm sits atop Wilson Head just a bit south-west of Ocean Beach and the Wilson Inlet. Visit Denmark Windfarm
Harewood Forest Walk 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
Heritage Rail Bridge Heritage Rail Bridge
The Bridge is easily accessed by driving south along the river on Hollings Drive where you will find parking spaces, picnic tables and a gazebo. Visit Heritage Rail Bridge
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
McGeary's Rock McGeary's Rock
McGeary's Rock is a popular rock fishing location close to Ocean Beach. It offers panoramic views of the bay and Nullaki Peninsula to the east. Visit McGeary's Rock
Mokare Heritage Trail Mokare Heritage Trail
Named after an aboriginal tracker and chieftain, the Mokare Heritage Trail winds along the east side of the Denmark River. Visit Mokare Heritage Trail
Monkey Rock Monkey Rock
Spectacular elevated views over William Bay Nat. Park, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula. Visit Monkey Rock
Prawn Rock Channel 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
Wilson Head Wilson Head
Wilson Head marks the eastern perimeter of Ratcliffe Bay, stretching out into the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Wilson Head
Denmark Accommodation Denmark Accommodation
An inspiring selection of quality accommodation of all types. Friendly service. Choose from a variety of great accommodation in and around Denmark, WA. Find Accommodation in Denmark NOW! Visit Denmark Accommodation
Denmark Wineries Denmark Wineries
Denmark Wineries and Vineyards to visit while on holiday along the Rainbow Coast. Wineries with restaurants, music, cellar doors and more! Visit Denmark Wineries

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