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THE GIANTS TREE TOP WALK
Tiptoe through the tingles – the giant
eucalypt forest – on the 40m high,
600m-long accessible walkway. Take
your time and stop at the corners
so you can really appreciate what
life is like in the canopy of the only
red tingle forest in the world. Back
on the ground, walk through the
undergrowth and see where the
400-year-old trees like ‘Grandma
Tingle’ bear the scars of time.
Perfectly long rolling waves have
earned Ocean Beach a reputation
as one of the top spots in Australia
to learn to surf. On a good day, it
can even match the best right-hand
breaks in the world. Fun (and a little
bit crazy!) surfing lessons are available,
as is hire of surfboards and wetsuits.
Experienced surfers should also try
Lights Beach and Parry’s Beach.
One of the prettiest bays you’ll come
across, Greens Pool has a white sandy
beach and shallow waters so calm
that they’re perfect for swimming
and paddling. It’s not just the striking
clear water that makes this one of the
most inviting swimming or sightseeing
spots in the region, it’s also the
Drop in on
In the warmer months, I enjoy
swimming at Greens Pool within
William Bay National Park, followed
by a hearty lunch at one of the many
restaurants in Denmark – all using
fresh seasonal produce to create
signature dishes. My lunch is always
enjoyed with a glass of premium
award-winning Denmark wine – the
cellar door choices are so immense,
you can easily spend three days
visiting them all.
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boulders that seem to have been
plopped into the bay, just begging
to be climbed up and ‘bombied’ off!
Before you do, make sure you check
the depth, so it’s safe to jump off.
Take a short walk from Greens Pool
in William Bay National Park to a tiny
little bay where enormous boulders
appear, looking like a herd of
elephants emerging from the shallows
– and that’s even before you’ve been
wine tasting! Be prepared to take off
your shoes and roll up your pants,
as the little crevasse that you have
to walk through often experiences
a small surge. This secluded little bay
looks good for a swim, but be careful
of occasional rips.
Denmark is often called the Byron
Bay of Western Australia, and with
its comprehensive cluster of talented
wellness practitioners and esoteric
venues, you can understand why.
Whether you want to get away from
it all, de-stress and relax, or start
a healing journey, Denmark couldn’t
be a better destination. Services
include massage, yoga, meditation,
Reiki healing, readings, beauty
therapies and more. Pop into The
Sacred Tree in town for their free
community-guided meditation session
at 10am every Wednesday.
You don’t need a boat! Denmark’s
Wilson Inlet is one of the very rare
places where you can catch pink
snapper in four to five metres of
water! The inlet is also great for King
George whiting, cobbler, flounder
and crabs. Bream can be caught in
the river – get your freshwater fishing
licence from the post office. Lights
Beach and Parry Beach are good
for fishing, but the south coast is
notorious for freak waves, so don’t
fish from the rocks. Mazzoletti Beach
is great for salmon fishing, with deep
gutters from February to May. No
boat? Hire a dinghy or get out on
a fishing charter. If you do have a boat,
there’s a ramp near the caravan park
at the river mouth.
Swim, ride, paddle, dragon boat,
jump, pick, eat, pat, fish, and climb.
There’s so much fun and adventure in
Denmark for the kids, the hard part
will be getting them back in the car!
Top secret set
While its exact location is a closely guarded secret, an infamous big wave
known as The Right is found in a usually calm stretch of deep water near
Denmark. It made international news last year as one of the biggest waves
ever surfed, and is set to become even more famous as a film location for
the movie of Tim Winton’s Breath, being shot in Denmark in 2016. The
Right pumps for about three weeks of the year.
Denmark has some absolutely
with a range of architecture
and locations to do the region
justice. There are amazing
places that bring sophistication
and wellness into wilderness
settings, offerings that are
rustic and quaint, and caravan
parks and camping grounds
in beautiful national parks.
Find short stay options
through local real estate agents,
or you can rent hotel-style
chalets on private properties
in the forest, or at the
Rivermouth Caravan Park
(right on the inlet). Plenty have
wood fires, which are perfect
to cosy up to in winter, with red
wine and good tunes.
Valley of the Giants
(photography Tourism WA).
Justine Nagorski and friends.
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