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Boat | Available from November
to April, Madfish Charters have a
licensed boat which can transport
up to five people. They require a
few days’ notice.
Vehicle | If the boat is not running,
it is possible to hire a vehicle to
transport you around the inlet.
The southern coast has some eye-
opening places to take your 4WD.
If you’re looking for a taste, or a
half-day trip, try the Quarram
Nature Reserve, west of Denmark.
The stunning views of the coastline
from Boat Harbour will leave you
craving more adventure. If you’re
an experienced driver, locals say
to try the Bornholm and Dunsky
tracks in the West Cape Howe
National Park. The trip from
Denmark will take a full day, but
the dolerite cliffs of the Cape must
not be missed. Take the track off
Shelley Beach Road but be careful
– it’s sandy and you could get
bogged. A number of tracks also
start in Peaceful Bay with access
to wild and rugged areas of the
coastline. When driving in remote
areas, notify someone of your trip
and your estimated time of return.
Even on a day when the weather
is terrible, you’re guaranteed to
catch a fish at the junction of the
Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. If
you can get out to the mouth of
the inlet you’re bound to land
a variety of bigger fish such as
black bream, said to be plentiful in
winter. When you’ve caught your
fill, look out for one of the many
scenic picnic and barbecue spots,
such as Coalmine Beach on the
north shore of the Nornalup Inlet.
Other sites with facilities include
the Pioneer Park in Walpole, and
Settlers Park in Nornalup.
Local operators suggest the area
around Wilson’s Head for orchids,
including the spider and donkey
orchids, and coastal wildflowers
like banksias. You can access
the area south of Denmark along
Ocean Beach Road from the
South Coast Highway. Another
local favourite are the walk trails
around Mount Hallowell, just
west of town. Both the Sheila Hill
and Monkey Rock trails can be
accessed off Lights Road and will
lead you to the spectacular granite
outcrops of the mountain, with
views over the surrounding karri
forest, southern coastline and
Wilson Inlet. Other spots include:
Quarram Nature Reserve | West
of Denmark, this is known for
different types of bottle brushes.
Mt Lindesay National Park |
Located north on Scotsdale
Road and then a right turn onto
Mt Lindesay Road. A walking
track climbs through profuse
wildflowers onto granite domes
for sweeping views across Wilson
Inlet and the Porongurups. Here
you’ll find tree hovea, acacia and
William Bay National Park | West
of Denmark, white blossoms of the
sticky tailflower can be found on
the rugged and rocky coastline of
this scenic southern area.
Valley of the Giants | Again to the
west of Denmark, this is home to
Western Australia’s most famous
forest of gigantic tingle trees
which can be seen in the forests
surrounding the Tree Top Walk.
In season, the forest is ablaze
with crowea, orchids, purple
native hovea, wisteria and green
Conspicuous Cliffs | West of
Denmark. Take a drive down
Ficifolia Road between Peaceful
Bay and Conspicuous Beach Roads
to find the sole WA habitat of red
flowering gum trees.
Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks in
Denmark (Photography Denmark Visitor Centre).
Wilson Inlet (Photography
Denmark Visitor Centre).
The Bibbulmun Track close to Boat Harbour
(Photography Bibbulmun Track Foundation).
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