The Denmark Windfarm sits atop Wilson Head just a bit south-west of Ocean Beach and the Wilson Inlet. The location is technically called the A-Class Reserve 24913.
The turbines are situated approximately half way between Ocean Beach and the end of Wilson Head up a long, winding, well-packed track.
Visitors to the Denmark Community Windfarm can park at the bottom of the entrance to the windfarm (near the gates) and must walk (or ride a bike) up the hill. This is not a path for anyone who needs assistance walking as it's quite a hike. It's not somewhere we'd take Nannie and Grandpa for a morning's stroll but a great way to keep fit and enjoy the coastline.
The Denmark Community Windfarm plans to supply approximately 40% of the 8 gigawat hrs of electricity the residents and businesses of Denmark utilise yearly.
There are two 800kW turbine generators which make use of the consistent winds along the coast and stand majestically along Wilson Head.
Though there was some opposition to the Community Windfarm, mostly due to the visibility of the turbines, in our opinion (as residents of Denmark) they do not detract from the visual appeal of the coastline. Rather, the turbines give scale and perspective to many of the attractions of the coast.
The turbines can be seen from Monkey Rock, Tower Hill, Lights Beach and parts of William Bay National Park from the west, and Ocean Beach and Nullaki from the east. They are unobtrusive and elegant in their position on the headland.
The view from the top, facing north towards Nullaki Peninsula and the Wilson Inlet at Ocean Beach.
The Turbines from the base of the Western Turbine
The view facing north from the base of the western turbine towards the Wilson Inlet and Nullaki Peninsula.
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.
The Denmark Community Windfarm Western Turbine
The Denmark Community Windfarm Eastern Turbine
Walking up towards the Denmark Wind Farm along the continual rise from the carparking area.
Three quarters of the way to the Turbines... time to take a few moments rest...
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