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Tips from a Denmark-l over: Scoop staffer Tamara Day
When I first visited Denmark 10 years ago, I fell in love, and planned that day to move my life down there. It is quiet
and quaint, very family-orientated, and the people are friendly and welcoming. They’re all so relaxed.
The beaches are pristine and stunning, with bays such as Ocean Beach surrounded by mountains.
You can never tire of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, which provide the most beautiful, sheltered bays for
swimming and sunbathing. These two areas are like being on some exotic island.
There are plenty of wineries around Denmark, a great ugg boot factory, small boutiques and brilliant food
and it’s only a 30-minute (50km) drive to Albany – I think that’s why Denmark has stayed small.
There are national parks, tree top walks, beautiful drives lined with huge karri trees, and you can go
exploring and find nearby secret spots like neighbouring Torbay.
In summer, outdoor concerts are super family-friendly, with kids running around and everyone chilling out
and having a great time. Artists like John Butler and The Waifs often perform down there.
I feel grounded, relaxed and so peacefully calm and happy when I am in Denmark. Burying my feet into the
soft sand and ocean is so cleansing while breathing in the salt air. I often tear up leaving, as I truly feel at home.
EAT AND DRINK
Denmark is renowned for producing exceptional cool-climate wines,
and that’s a rarity in Western Australia. Riesling, cabernet sauvignon,
chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and a little merlot, shiraz and pinot noir are
noted drops from the area. Few WA regions have the weather to produce
a good riesling or pinot, but Denmark does it nicely.
The superb climate and soils also aid in growing a plethora of
gastronomic delights, attracting talented innovative chefs to a wine and
food region that stands up with some of the best in the world.
Take a drive along the scenic Mount Shadforth Road and the Scotsdale
Tourist Drive, where you’ll find a precinct of cellar doors, restaurants,
a brewery, cidery and boutique food outlets. If that’s not enough, just
follow your nose to the highway, where there’s a host of new options
to choose from.
There is a great choice of food outlets open day and night in town,
including down by the water, with fresh innovative food and organic
offerings starting to make quite an appearance. The roadside stall on Inlet
Drive sells freshly caught seafood and shellfish.
Don’t leave town without... tasting a salted caramel truffle!
Some of the world’s best theatre,
film, art and literature, plus free
TASTE GREAT SOUTHERN
A food and wine fest with more than 70 individual
events across the region, including long table lunches,
degustation dinners, masterclasses, food fairs, farmers’ markets,
wine festivals, tutored wine tastings and more. Mar-Apr.
DENMARK FESTIVAL OF VOICE
Join in the celebration of the human voice as this festival brings together
local, national and international artists, with a focus on community singing.
Features free concerts and workshops. Jun.
GREAT SOUTHERN ART AND CRAFT TRAIL
From the totally amazing to the utterly quirky, meander along the trail of fine
art and craft, on display at more than 65 venues, including galleries, studios,
wineries, restaurants, community halls and retail outlets. Sep-Oct.
Denmark is a dream destination
for those who love to hit a trail.
The Munda Biddi Trail for off-road
cycling and the Bibbulmun Track for
hikers both pass through town. Out
a little further, Monkey Rock, Mount
Shadforth, the Denmark-Nornalup
Heritage Rail Trail and Wilson
Inlet Heritage Walk Trail offer more
adventures. Maps, track transfers,
updates, and equipment and bike
hire are available at the visitor centre.
MUNDA BIDDI TRAIL This 1000km
off-road cycling route kicks off in
Mundaring and ends in Albany.
Around Denmark, it passes
through farmlands and forests and
hugs the coast. Plan your ride at
BIBBULMUN TRACK Australia’s
world-class long-distance walking
trail stretches nearly 1000km from the
Perth Hills to Albany. The Walpole
to Denmark section is 127km long,
with the final stretch from Denmark to
Albany at 85km. Both sections offer
excellent campsites and pass through
spectacular forests, farming land, and
rugged and serene coastal areas.
Check out bibbulmuntrack.org.au.
MONKEY ROCK If you’re up for a bit
of a climb, the 4km return walk from
the carpark on Lights Road is up, up,
up and then down, down, down! Atop
the rock are spectacular views over
William Bay National Park, Ratcliffe
Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki
Peninsula. There are no guide rails,
so ensure weather conditions are
favourable for a safe climb. To extend
your walk, continue on to the coastal
cliffs above Lights Beach.
William Bay National Park
(photography Tourism WA).
Denmark’s vineyards in autumn
(photography Tourism WA).
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