Denmark Region of WA

Denmark Western Australia

The Denmark Region is  the heart of the Rainbow Coast and it is steeped in ancient natural beauty.  The tall towering trees, rolling green hills, stunning white sandy beaches, sweeping sea cliffs, ancient boulders, sea rocks, walking trails and much more make this an ideal holiday destination for people of all ages.

Enjoy the kangaroos relaxing, watch the colourful birds fly overhead,  play with the dolphins if you're lucky!  Within the Denmark Region you will be immersed in nature, with thriving wildlife all around you!

Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove at William Bay National Park

The town of Denmark sits astride the beautiful curving Denmark River, (the town was once called Denmark River), as it gracefully flows into the Wilson Inlet, an untouched sanctuary for the Black Swans for hundreds of years.  

The Denmark Coastline is spectacular, and each beach, forest, or walk shows you another unique side of our beautiful Denmark Region. 

Denmark is known to the aboriginal community as 'Koorabup' meaning 'place of the Black Swan' and is home to many species of waterbirds including the Western Australian Pelican, Black Swan and of course the Blue Wren, the symbol of Denmark Shire.

Explore the Denmark Region ...

The Wilson Inlet covers almost fifty square kilometres of water and is separated from the sea by a sandbar, at Ocean Beach.

A channel is opened to the ocean each year, and Prawn Rock Channel is a popular swimming spot. Get your bearings with our Denmark Town & Inlet MAP

Denmark is home to a eclectic mix of people who were born and raised here and the newcomers, either way the town is full of creative individuals and the Arts features strongly. 

You can enjoy great food in Denmark including takeaway,  cafe and restaurant cuisine.  

Within our world renown Denmark Wine Region there are over 25 wineries, visit stunning cellar doors, some serve food and a couple have live entertainment, especially throughout the summer season! 

Some of our favourite locations in Denmark:

We have a special place in our heart for Denmark.

The moment we rolled into the valleys and tree-covered hills we knew we found the place we would call home.

Although we'd never even been to Denmark before, we bought our home that very same weekend and have been enjoying the beautiful changing colours of the seasons of the Rainbow Coast ever since.

The peaceful town has a wonderful array of gorgeous boutiques and speciality stores, many which have been around for a long time. The locals are friendly and happy for you to share in their unique lifestyle!

If you are thinking of taking a holiday or vacation in Denmark... come on down. But be aware; you might not want to leave! 

Denmark Region of Western Australia

Denmark Town:

Denmark Town Centre

Denmark is very easy to get around.  The South Coast Highway goes right through the centre of Denmark with the main shopping centred on Strickland Street. 

The street greenery, colourful wall and pole art, and creative paving makes for a stimulating trip to town.  The array of boutique stores, perfectly located restaurants and al fresco cafes provides something that most people will love!

Berridge Park and Kwoorabup Park are great spots for the children and family friendly activities.  Riverside Berridge Park has a range of amenities including a basketball court, toilets, a well equipped playground, BBQ's and ample parkside seating.  

Kwoorabup Park is a more natural playground constructed from wood rather than plastic and provides a peaceful park experience for children of all ages.  There is a walk all around the park including a walk along the riverside and on the boardwalk through the lily ponds. 

Find out more about lovely Denmark Town on our Denmark Town Page

Denmark's Virtual Visitor Centre Information and Tourist Resources:

Denmark Region Map Denmark Region Map
Map of the Denmark Western Australia Region including Denmark Town and National Parks. Visit Denmark Region Map
Denmark Town Denmark Town
In the heart of the Rainbow Coast on the north side of the Wilson Inlet, along the beautiful Denmark River. Visit Denmark Town
Denmark Region Denmark Region
The Denmark Region is gorgeous. Trees, hills, beaches, rocks, wildlife around the river and the inlet. Visit Denmark Region
Denmark Town Map Denmark Town Map
A map of Denmark Town and surrounds. A good map to get your bearings if you are visiting Denmark, WA. Visit Denmark Town Map

Beaches in and around Denmark

There are many beautiful beaches along the Denmark Region's coastline. We have included a page on each of them as well as a very cool Denmark Beaches Map (if we do say so ourselves!) Visit the Denmark Beaches MAP to get your bearings and to choose your beach!

Denmark WA is surrounded by many beautiful beaches including Greens Pool and Elephant Cove in William Bay National Park both outstanding for their natural beauty. Ocean Beach and Lights Beach are great surfing and beach walking beaches. Prawn Rock Channel is popular in the middle of summer for a wave-less swimming experience.

You can learn to surf with Mike from South Coast Surfing Lessons down at Ocean Beach, he's an amazing teacher and is so friendly!  Mike loves to surf and is still winning Tournaments, you might even see him do an head stand on his board!  A very inspiring teacher...he taught us!

Denmark Beaches Map Denmark Beaches Map
Including some of the most beautiful beaches on the south coast. Visit Denmark Beaches Map
Ocean Beach Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the closest beach to Denmark Town. A popular surfing spot and lookout.. Visit Ocean Beach
Greens Pool Greens Pool
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
Shelley Beach Shelley Beach
Turquoise waters, verdant surrounds and ocean breeze make this beach a popular yet remote destination. Visit Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach Lookout Shelley Beach Lookout
A beautiful scenic lookout with hang gliding and paragliding platforms. Visit Shelley Beach Lookout
Cosy Corner Cosy Corner
White beaches plus camping facilities and lots of picnic benches. Cosy Corner is cosy indeed. Located just east of West Cape National Park between Albany and Denmark. Visit Cosy Corner
Lowlands Beach Lowlands Beach
Beautiful, secluded beach west of West Cape Howe and east of the Wilson Inlet. Visit Lowlands Beach
Anvil Beach Anvil Beach
Anvil Beach is a beautiful beach on the south side of Nullaki Peninsula on the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Anvil Beach
Boat Harbour Boat Harbour
The path through Quarrum Nature Reserve which leads to Boat Harbour offers great views of the Southern Ocean. Visit Boat Harbour
Conspicuous Cliff Beach Conspicuous Cliff Beach
Accessing Conspicuous Cliff Beach is via a boardwalk, small stairway, and a hop across a shallow waterway. Visit Conspicuous Cliff Beach
Crusoe Beach Crusoe Beach
A commercial fishing site, the beach is best visited after 3.30pm as advised by the sign. Visit Crusoe Beach
Hillier Beach Hillier Beach
Hillier Beach, on Hillier Bay, is located less than a kilometre South of Parry Beach along Parry Beach Road. Visit Hillier Beach
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
Madfish Bay Madfish Bay
In Madfish Bay an island rests close to the shore. The waves at this beach come from two different directions. Visit Madfish Bay
Mazzoletti Beach Mazzoletti Beach
Mazzoletti Beach stretches from Greens Pool in the East by foot to Parry Beach in the West by car where it crosses the Parry Inlet at Parry Beach Visit Mazzoletti Beach
Parry Beach Parry Beach
Offering spectacular views across William Bay towards Green Pool and Elephant Rocks. Camping permitted if available. Visit Parry Beach
Peaceful Bay Peaceful Bay
Peaceful Bay beach is split in two by the Irwin Inlet as it discharges into the ocean. Sand dunes abound. Visit Peaceful Bay
Prawn Rock Channel Prawn Rock Channel
Prawn Rock Channel is located just north of Ocean Beach (you drive right past it on your way to Ocean Beach). This secluded slow-running channel of water is an ideal swimming spot. Visit Prawn Rock Channel
Waterfall Beach Waterfall Beach
With beautiful turquoise waters the waterfall cascades from the heathland onto the beach and out to sea. Visit Waterfall Beach

William Bay National Park, Denmark's most popular National Park:

The William Bay National Park is located only a short drive west out of Denmark town. This is where Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks can be found. Find out where this is on the William Bay National Park Map.

Greens Pool Greens Pool
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
Hillier Beach Hillier Beach
Hillier Beach, on Hillier Bay, is located less than a kilometre South of Parry Beach along Parry Beach Road. Visit Hillier Beach
Madfish Bay Madfish Bay
In Madfish Bay an island rests close to the shore. The waves at this beach come from two different directions. Visit Madfish Bay
Mazzoletti Beach Mazzoletti Beach
Mazzoletti Beach stretches from Greens Pool in the East by foot to Parry Beach in the West by car where it crosses the Parry Inlet at Parry Beach Visit Mazzoletti Beach
Parry Beach Parry Beach
Offering spectacular views across William Bay towards Green Pool and Elephant Rocks. Camping permitted if available. Visit Parry Beach
Parry Inlet Parry Inlet
From the lookout you can see the forested hills of William Bay National Park. Visit Parry Inlet
Tower Hill Tower Hill
Located a kilometre north of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks at the eastern side of William Bay National Park. Visit Tower Hill
Waterfall Beach Waterfall Beach
With beautiful turquoise waters the waterfall cascades from the heathland onto the beach and out to sea. Visit Waterfall Beach

Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk & Ancient Empires Walk:

A magnificent steel walkway takes you high into the canopy of Ancient Tingle Trees at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk.

This is a uniquely amazing experience and is not to be missed when visiting the Rainbow Coast.

The Valley of the Giants is the most visited single place on the South Coast. The architecturally designed pathway takes you gradually into the giant tingle forest canopy, up to forty metres high.  Its something truly special to stand atop and among these ancient giants and the view is breathtaking.  Kids LOVE it! 

The The Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, the Ancient Empires Walk & The Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre is perfect for people of all ages!  Complimentary wheelchairs and strollers. 

Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

Denmark Walks, Walking Trails & Parks with Walks

Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
William Bay National Park William Bay National Park
Visit Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Mazzoletti Beach, Tower Hill, Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach! Visit William Bay National Park
Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Bibbulmun Track Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth hills to Albany, through many locations in the heart of the Rainbow Coast. Visit Bibbulmun Track
Conspicuous Cliff Beach Conspicuous Cliff Beach
Accessing Conspicuous Cliff Beach is via a boardwalk, small stairway, and a hop across a shallow waterway. Visit Conspicuous Cliff Beach
Crusoe Beach Crusoe Beach
A commercial fishing site, the beach is best visited after 3.30pm as advised by the sign. Visit Crusoe Beach
Denmark Windfarm Denmark Windfarm
The Denmark Community Windfarm sits atop Wilson Head just a bit south-west of Ocean Beach and the Wilson Inlet. Visit Denmark Windfarm
Giant Tingle Tree Giant Tingle Tree
This Giant Tingle Tree is special because it the oldest living eucalypt in the world. It is an 800 metre walk from the car park to the Giant Tingle and back. Visit Giant Tingle Tree
Harewood Forest Walk Harewood Forest Walk
Harewood Forest is an almost 1.5k walk through the forest. The stream at the end is the turn-around point. Filled with information on history, flora & fauna. Visit Harewood Forest Walk
Heritage Rail Bridge Heritage Rail Bridge
The Bridge is easily accessed by driving south along the river on Hollings Drive where you will find parking spaces, picnic tables and a gazebo. Visit Heritage Rail Bridge
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
Mazzoletti Beach Mazzoletti Beach
Mazzoletti Beach stretches from Greens Pool in the East by foot to Parry Beach in the West by car where it crosses the Parry Inlet at Parry Beach Visit Mazzoletti Beach
McGearys Rock McGearys Rock
McGearys Rock is a popular rock fishing location close to Ocean Beach. It offers panoramic views of the bay and Nullaki Peninsula to the east. Visit McGearys Rock
Mokare Heritage Trail Mokare Heritage Trail
Named after an aboriginal tracker and chieftain, the Mokare Heritage Trail winds along the east side of the Denmark River. Visit Mokare Heritage Trail
Monkey Rock Monkey Rock
Spectacular elevated views over William Bay Nat. Park, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula. Visit Monkey Rock
Peaceful Bay Peaceful Bay
Peaceful Bay beach is split in two by the Irwin Inlet as it discharges into the ocean. Sand dunes abound. Visit Peaceful Bay
Tower Hill Tower Hill
Located a kilometre north of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks at the eastern side of William Bay National Park. Visit Tower Hill
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
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Terrestrial & Marine Biodiversity

This region of Western Australia is one of the Top 10 terrestrial biodiversity habitats in the world, with a higher proportion of species native to and only found here than other equivalent regions.

Thanks to the offshore Leeuwin Current the area numbers in the Top 6 regions for marine biodiversity, containing the most southerly coral reefs in the world.

There are a large number of indigenous bird species, including Splendid Blue Fairy-wren (the emblem of Denmark), Western Australian Rosella, Australian White Ibis, Australian Pelican and Australian Ringneck.

The air is fresh and clean. Many people travel from all over the world to experience the natural beauty of this magnificent part of the world.

Many species of reptiles including snakes and skinks can be found. Marsupials such as the Western Grey Kangaroo, the Quokka, the Southern Brown Bandicoot and the Common Brush tail Possum also live in the Denmark area.

Dolphins: "The abundance of fish, squid and other marine life in the Denmark estuaries and along the coastline attracts Bottlenose Dolphins and seals, and every year Southern Right Whales rest there during their long migrations to the north." ~ Wikipedia

Adventuring at Lights Beach we watched the dolphins chase fish INSIDE the enormous turquoise waves as they were crashing close to the shore! Wow! A truly memorable experience.

Denmark Wines: Wine & Wineries in Denmark Western Australia

Denmark's South Coast and The Denmark Wine Region! 

Western Australia shares a border with South Australia and the Northern Territory plus the Indian and Southern Oceans.

Since 1965 the Denmark Wine Region of Western Australia has been successful with growing cool climate wines.  The Denmark Wine Region is one of importance with over 25 wineries producing wines of distinction and diversity.

Denmark's wineries are as diverse as the natural surroundings...unique, pleasing and refreshing.

Denmark History

Denmark is the Southern Noongar region. Noongar is the name for the original inhabitants of the south-west of Western Australia dating back over 10,000 years.  Denmark was one of 14 towns that formed the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region. The Denmark River itself is a mythologically important cultural place.

Thomas Braidwood Wilson - namesake of the Wilson Inlet, Denmark

The first European to explore the district was Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson (photo right) in 1829. A surgeon with the Royal Navy, Wilson decided to explore the land to the west of Albany while his ship was laid up in King George III Sound. His guide, a native named Mokare led Wilson and four other men up the Denmark River from the Wilson Inlet. He noted the locals called this place Koorabup, meaning "place of the black swan" which live in the Denmark waterways.The Wilson Inlet was named after him by Governor Stirling and Wilson named Denmark after a colleague, Dr Alexander Denmark.

Although settlement proved beneficial for the Europeans, it was disastrous for the Noongar. 

We acknowledge the Noongar people who are the traditional Custodians of this land and pay our respects to their Elders both past and present. We extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today. 


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Attractions in Denmark and surrounds:

Ocean Beach Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the closest beach to Denmark Town. A popular surfing spot and lookout.. Visit Ocean Beach
Denmark Town Denmark Town
In the heart of the Rainbow Coast on the north side of the Wilson Inlet, along the beautiful Denmark River. Visit Denmark Town
The Wilson Inlet The Wilson Inlet
This majestic Inlet is divided from the ocean by a sandbar which covers the opening much of the year. Visit The Wilson Inlet
Anvil Beach Anvil Beach
Anvil Beach is a beautiful beach on the south side of Nullaki Peninsula on the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Anvil Beach
Crusoe Beach Crusoe Beach
A commercial fishing site, the beach is best visited after 3.30pm as advised by the sign. Visit Crusoe Beach
Denmark Windfarm Denmark Windfarm
The Denmark Community Windfarm sits atop Wilson Head just a bit south-west of Ocean Beach and the Wilson Inlet. Visit Denmark Windfarm
Harewood Forest Walk Harewood Forest Walk
Harewood Forest is an almost 1.5k walk through the forest. The stream at the end is the turn-around point. Filled with information on history, flora & fauna. Visit Harewood Forest Walk
Heritage Rail Bridge Heritage Rail Bridge
The Bridge is easily accessed by driving south along the river on Hollings Drive where you will find parking spaces, picnic tables and a gazebo. Visit Heritage Rail Bridge
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
McGearys Rock McGearys Rock
McGearys Rock is a popular rock fishing location close to Ocean Beach. It offers panoramic views of the bay and Nullaki Peninsula to the east. Visit McGearys Rock
Mokare Heritage Trail Mokare Heritage Trail
Named after an aboriginal tracker and chieftain, the Mokare Heritage Trail winds along the east side of the Denmark River. Visit Mokare Heritage Trail
Monkey Rock Monkey Rock
Spectacular elevated views over William Bay Nat. Park, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula. Visit Monkey Rock
Prawn Rock Channel Prawn Rock Channel
Prawn Rock Channel is located just north of Ocean Beach (you drive right past it on your way to Ocean Beach). This secluded slow-running channel of water is an ideal swimming spot. Visit Prawn Rock Channel
Wilson Head Wilson Head
Wilson Head marks the eastern perimeter of Ratcliffe Bay, stretching out into the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Wilson Head
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An inspiring selection of quality accommodation of all types. Friendly service. Choose from a variety of great accommodation in and around Denmark, WA. Find Accommodation in Denmark NOW! Visit Denmark Accommodation
Denmark Wineries Denmark Wineries
Denmark Wineries and Vineyards to visit while on holiday along the Rainbow Coast. Wineries with restaurants, music, cellar doors and more! Visit Denmark Wineries

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