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Region size: 2450 sqkm
Distance from perth: 230km
Denmark is the winter-lover’s
paradise. Immersed in karri and
tingle forests, and bordered by the
almighty Southern coastline, this
peaceful town comes alive when
the rain sets in. Because most of the
accommodation is well equipped
for the wetter conditions, with
fireplaces, electric blankets and
ample interior space, Denmark has
become synonymous with winter
warmth. Pick up a local bottle of
red, some chocolates from a nearby
outlet and lay low for the night. Then
saunter along any one of the amazing
walk trails the next morning, when
the air is full of mist and the trees
are adorned with dew. Between July
and October, watch the southern
right and humpback whales from
lookout points at Conspicuous Cliff
and Lowlands Beach. And if there’s
a storm about, drive up to Shelley or
Parry beaches to see the lightning
crash over the coast. For experienced
surfers, July to August delivers
world-class waves at Ocean Beach,
with the swell topping five metres.
You might also have the chance to
surf with dolphins. Come December,
you’ll find a delightful selection of
berries in season at the Berry Farm
and between June and September
there’s wildflowers to be seen
through the Valley of the Giants and
William Bay National Park.
REASONS TO GO
Valley of tHe Giants
Suitable for all ages, this breathtaking
walk through the heights of the tingle
and karri tree forests has been awarded
Best Regional Tourist Attraction time
and again. The boardwalk rises 40m
above the forest floor and provides
various perspectives of the shapes,
movement and sounds of the forest.
Allow 45-60 minutes for the walk and
be sure to gear up trekking-style.
Located in Williams Bay National park,
this idyllic body of water is almost
completely sheltered from the waves
of the Great Southern Ocean by
rounded boulders. It’s an emerald-
coloured gem of a beach that’s safe
for kids and a great way to escape the
wind. The waveless waters also make it
easy to spot the multitude of fish if
you’re having a swim and keen to do
Denmark is home to Western Australia’s
first licensed chocolate lounge, where
you can not only enjoy handmade
chocolates, but also a selection of choice
local wines, imported beers and liqueurs.
You’ll also be able to find farmhouses
throughout the region that make fudge,
not to mention factories that specialise
in toffee and a host of other outlets
where you can indulge in your desire
for sweet treats.
The heart of the Great Southern,
with rugged coastline, towering karri
and tingle trees, and fabulous local
food and wine. When it’s cold and rainy,
you’ll see the forests of Denmark in
all their glory, followed by the colour
of the wildflowers in spring. It’s one of
those special places on Earth.
enJoy... dense forests, breathtaking
coastlines, honey and chocolate, an
amazing coastal stretch of the Bibbulmun
Track, dinosaurs and reptiles, a tree-top
walk, award-winning wines, restaurants in
idyllic settings, luxury accommodation
and crisp country air.
• 3 handmade chocolate outlets
• 15 walking trails
• 2 specialty winemakers
(blueberry and honey)
• 10-plus failsafe fishing spots
• Denmark was awarded
Australia’s tidiest town’ in 1998.
• Birthplace of renowned
model-turned-actress Emma Booth.
Things to do | July to December 2010.
With lookout points, superb
swells for surfing and maybe
the sight of a dolphin or two,
the Denmark coast is tops.
Jun Jul auG seP oct noV
climate Denmark winters tend to
be wet and the summers dry. Now is
the best time to see it at its lushest.
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