Madfish Bay

In William Bay National Park, in Denmark, Western Australia
Madfish Bay and Madfish Bay Beach, Denmark, Western Australia

Madfish Bay and Madfish Bay Beach are beautiful locations to visit on the eastern end of William Bay National Park. Madfish Beach is a secluded little beach surrounded by rock formations which offer a unique view over Wilson Head and the Denmark Community Windfarm.

At low tide it is possible to walk directly across to the small island in Madfish Bay, but at high tide the island is completely cut off from the mainland. This island is known to house snakes, so be extremely careful if you decide to walk across to the island.

Madfish Bay is easily accessed by turning left (away from Greens Pool) and continuing along the bitumen road to the east. Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach are right next to eachother.

The waves at this beach come from two different directions around the island and make an incredible sight when the waves collide, especially during high-tide. Madfish Bay is a popular destination for cyclists who cycle between Greens Pool and Madfish Bay regularly. Madfish Bay is also along the Bibbulmun Track which winds across the countryside to Albany, its southern terminus.

Madfish Bay view to the Denmark Community Windfarm Madfish Bay, William Bay, Denmark, Australia


Many fish are known to inhabit the waters around Madfish Bay including whiting, bream and salmon. We could see a few schools in the shallow waters from the car park pathway. The descent from the car park is a sand and wood staircase leading directly on to the beach.

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Madfish Bay
Madfish Bay Beach, Madfish Bay at William Bay National Park, Denmark, Western Australia

Both sides of the beach are constrained by the ancient rock formations dating back from when this part of Australia split away from Antarctica during the breakup of Gondwana, the southern supercontinent.

Madfish Bay surrounded by Rock Formations
Madfish Bay and the Island in Madfish Bay
Madfish Bay facing South over Madfish Beach

There is one car park at Madfish Bay, and a gradual sloping staircase to descend to the beach.

The Great Southern Ocean can be a few degrees colder than the other oceans, so if you intend to snorkel we recommend a wet suit.

Madfish Bay is on the Williams Bay National Park Map Located 15k West of Denmark along the South Coast Highway. See the William Bay National Park Map

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Other Natural Attractions in William Bay National Park, Denmark

Greens Pool Greens Pool
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
Hillier Beach Hillier Beach
Hillier Beach, on Hillier Bay, is located less than a kilometre South of Parry Beach along Parry Beach Road. Visit Hillier Beach
Madfish Bay Madfish Bay
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 Mazzoletti Beach
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
Parry Beach Parry Beach
Offering spectacular views across William Bay towards Green Pool and Elephant Rocks. Camping permitted if available. Visit Parry Beach
Parry Inlet Parry Inlet
From the lookout you can see the forested hills of William Bay National Park. Visit Parry Inlet
Tower Hill Tower Hill
Located a kilometre north of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks at the eastern side of William Bay National Park. Visit Tower Hill
Waterfall Beach Waterfall Beach
With beautiful turquoise waters the waterfall cascades from the heathland onto the beach and out to sea. Visit Waterfall Beach

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
McGearys Rock McGearys Rock
McGearys 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 McGearys 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
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