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the boaties. Great for king george
whiting, flathead and bay snapper.
Boat Harbour (44km west of
Denmark) | This spot is 4WD only
and to access it you must turn left
off the South Coast Highway and
follow the track for about 10km.
Fish here for herring, skippy, sand
whiting and silver bream.
Walpole and Nornalup Inlets
(Walpole Inlet starts from the
Walpole town jetty) | There are
good fishing opportunities from
both the town jetty and Swan Bay
jetty for bream and herring.
William Bay National Park (17.5km
south-west of Denmark, off the
South Coast Highway) | Try any of
the beaches within the national
park from Elephant Rocks,
Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach,
where you’ll see a freshwater
stream gushing from the dunes
and over rocks before heading
out to sea. The most renowned
is Greens Pool and if you enjoy
snorkelling you can’t go past it.
Ocean Beach (3.5km south
Denmark, along Ocean Beach
Road) | Locals flock here for
surfing, or with a picnic lunch.
Peaceful Bay (33km east of
Walpole) | Ideal for swimming,
fishing, boating and diving. The
long beach is great for walkers.
Mandalay Beach (12km west of
Walpole) | Popular with anglers,
and for spectacular views of the
Southern Ocean and Chatham
Island, which looms 3km offshore.
With ocean and forest within a
few kilometres of each other,
there are many spots to admire
the birds. One new development
is the ornitarium at the Wetlands
Education Centre on Atkinson
Road, a wetlands bird hide to study
birds from, with a place to spend
the night (or have a quick nap).
Morley Beach is recommended and
can be reached via Morley Road
about 1km west of the upper and
lower Denmark Road junction. The
site has been recognised as being
of international importance for
migratory shorebirds. In summer,
when the mudflats are exposed,
a wide variety of waterbirds and
shorebirds can be observed.
Trails, tracks and waterways
There are numerous horse-riding,
cycling and walking trails between
Denmark and Walpole. Locals
suggest the Heritage Rail Trail,
along the route of the former
Albany to Nornalup railway. It has
forest, farmland and coastal heath
views and is currently in three
sections from the mouth of the
Denmark River to east of Nornalup.
On the waterways, paddle a canoe
or a kayak up the Denmark River or
Wilson Inlet, or the Hay River east
of Denmark to the Franklin and
Deep Rivers, close to Nornalup.
Recreation | From the country club on the South Coast Highway to the
bridge, down Hollings Road and along most of Brazier Street, you’ll
find the recreation centre, Tha House Youth Centre with skate park,
and the town’s football oval. On the other side of the river is the town’s
pony and trotting club, the golf course and tennis courts and plenty of
spots to launch your boat and kayak on the river. You would need to
bring your own equipment or join a tour.
Food and retail | The main shopping precinct is between Denmark
River and Ocean Beach Road. There are two IGA stores, one on the
corner of Mount Shadforth Road and Strickland Street, and a second
express store on Hollings Road. Along Strickland Street are cafes
and mini shopping forums, an award-winning bakery and various
wellness businesses and art galleries. Along South Coast Highway there
are outlets to buy surf and hiking gear and amazing shoes and bags.
The main petrol station and visitor centre are located at the corner of
South Coast Highway and Ocean Beach Road.
The permanent population of less
than 4000 nearly triples over the summer
urrounded by hills and
karri forests, Denmark
spreads along the western
bank of the lower Denmark
River and Wilson Inlet to Ocean
Beach and the rugged coastline and
headlands. Since its foundation
in 1895 as a timber town, it has
supported orchards, beef cattle
and dairy farming, and now the
tourism and wine industries. Its soil
FOR THE KIDS
Explore | Denmark Maze on
Lapko Road (gold coin donation);
the Historical Museum located
on Mitchell Street; one of many
playgrounds, including Berridge
Park on the river, South Coast
Highway or Campbell Road.
The arts | A large arts
community exhibits at the many
local galleries and markets.
Attend a workshop | Find
a workshop at Tha House, and
join the school holiday program
at the Recreation Centre located
on Brazier Street.
Drive | Denmark is
four-and-a-half hours’ drive
from Perth. The most direct
road access is along the
Albany Highway, turning off
at Mt Barker to Denmark.
Bus | TransWA services
Denmark from Albany
once a day.
• Taste Great Southern
March 1-31 Denmark
• Brave New Works
March 2-5 Denmark
• Festival of Voice
June 1-3 Denmark
and climate make it particularly
suited to chardonnay, sauvignon
blanc, pinor noir and merlot – taste
them all at a number of wineries in
A new holland honeyeater
(Photography Heike Weber).
Denmark’s main street
(Photography Abigail Workman).
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