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his region offers some
of the most varied
travel experiences in
WA, everything from
a romantic escape to a nature-
based family holiday. There is an
abundance of world-class natural
attractions, including the Valley of
the Giants and spectacular beaches
such as Greens Pool and Elephant
Rocks, with some of the oldest
rocks in the world. For bird lovers,
there is much to see, including the
elusive fairy tern.
This region is adventure
central for those wanting to
walk, horse-ride through the
forest or paddle on the many rivers
and inlets. Head to Denmark to
test the multitude of tracks and
If you’re not interested in the
outdoors, you can taste-test the
region’s wine and fabulous local
produce, or visit one of nearly 200
wellness operators in Denmark.
About 70km west of Denmark,
at the heart of the Walpole
Wilderness area and protected
from the ocean breezes by the
inlet, lies Walpole itself. The area
incorporates six national parks
and a range of forest conservation
areas, nature reserves and the
recently named Walpole-Nornalup
Inlets Marine Park.
The climate makes the
destination a year-round choice
for holidaymakers. Summer is
traditionally the most popular
time to visit, with the average
temperature a balmy 25 degrees,
perfect for outdoor activities.
Autumn has blue skies and
Child-friendly picnic and
barbecue spots abound – look
out for Coalmine Beach, Pioneer
Park in Walpole and Settlers
Park in Nornalup. The views
from the Conspicuous Cliffs
lookout are spectacular, and
the surf a local favourite. Fishing
is a local pastime, and even
on a bad weather day, you’re
guaranteed to catch something at
the junction of the Walpole and
Nornalup Inlets. With so many
beautiful spots along the coast to
sit and watch the sun set over the
Southern Ocean, this is the place
“The most spectacular section of the
Bibbulmun Track before it goes inland”
The Bibbulmun Track can be
walked all year round. There are
three inlets to cross in the section
between Walpole and Albany:
check beach and inlet conditions
with the Walpole DEC office before
attempting this section.
Irwin Inlet (7km east of Peaceful
Bay) | Where the track crosses it,
the inlet is only 150m wide and
quite sheltered. Canoes have been
provided in sheds on both sides for
walkers to cross with.
Parry Inlet (22km east of Peaceful
Bay) | For most of the year, this
is easily traversed because the
channel is completely blocked by
a sand bar. When this is breached,
the channel has to be waded.
Sometimes the high outflow and
tide, wind and large waves can
make crossing quite hazardous.
Wilson Inlet (5km south of
Denmark) | The sandbar has
recently been breached so walkers
cannot cross at Ocean Beach until
it forms again. The Denmark Shire
Ranger has up-to-date details.
The region is renowned for fishing
here are a few of the best beaches
and fishing spots.
Parry’s Beach (about 21km west
of Denmark, off the South Coast
Highway) | Fish off flat rocks here
or take the 4WD around the beach.
Catches include herring, whiting,
silver bream and salmon.
McGeary’s Rock, Ocean Beach
(11km from Denmark) | Travel
down Ocean Beach Road to the
main car park on the left. Head
up the limestone hill and take
the second left. Catches include
herring, skippy and sand whiting.
Wilson Inlet (5km south of
Denmark) | This spot is one of
the biggest inlets on the south
coast and is certainly a spot for
William Bay National Park, Denmark
(Photography Tourism WA).
Canoeing on the Denmark River
(Photography Denmark Visitor Centre).
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