After many fond visits, we’ve compiled the BEST things to do in Denmark WA! Denmark, Western Australia is located on the south coast about half an hour from Albany and has an awesome village feel. We love the whole south coast area, but Denmark WA has a hip and happening vibe that is pretty captivating. If you are looking for what to do in Denmark WA, what can we say? World class natural attractions are rivalled by wineries, cuisine and some pretty trendy shopping. Throw in a touch of the alternative hippy lifestyle, and we always come home from Denmark Western Australia feeling pretty hip and a touch more in tune with our inner selves.
Why Denmark Western Australia?
Now, I guess the first question on your lips is why is this place in Western Australia called Denmark? Well, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with the country Denmark at all!
Albany Western Australia was the first place settled by the British in 1826, and three years later Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson explored the area in 1829. He described the area positively ‘The surrounding hills are of very fine soil and may be easily turned to good account’ and named it after his tutor at a Medical College in England, Dr Alexander Denmark.
It is important to remember that prior to the British arrival the area around Albany and Denmark was inhabited by people from the Minang Aboriginal language group for around 40,000 years.
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How long should stay I in Denmark WA?
If there is one thing that visitors to this cute little town consistently agree on, it is that they wish that they had of allowed more time. With the drive from Perth to Denmark taking about 4.5 hours (with no stops) you can leave work early on a Friday afternoon and wake up with the birds on Saturday morning at one of the gorgeous Denmark WA accommodation options. 3 nights is the minimum you need to allow for stay in Denmark WA, if you are to really disconnect and begin to feel the vibe.
If we haven’t yet got your interest, please read on to discover more Denmark WA attractions… there is really a wealth to see and do in this gorgeous town.
The BEST things do in Denmark Western Australia
If we haven’t yet got your interest, please read on to discover more Denmark WA attractions… there is really a wealth to see and do in this gorgeous town.
William Bay National Park
William Bay National Park is naturally blessed with several gorgeous beaches and some amazing rock formations. Sometimes incorrectly titled Williams Bay National Park, this beautiful place is definitely on tour list of the best things to do in Denmark Western Australia.
How to get to Greens Pool/William Bay National park
William Bay National Park stretches from Parry Beach at the western end of Mazzoletti beach to the eastern edge of Lights Beach closer to Denmark Town and offers something for everyone. It is most commonly accessed via the William Bay Road which is 14km West of Denmark.
The Bibbulmun Track winds its way through William Bay National Park on the way from Albany to Perth
Swim At Greens Pool Denmark
Greens Pool Denmark has hit the big time; quite literally it is “Insta-famous”. However, this gorgeous natural swimming pool has been a favourite for many years and deservedly so. In summer, the natural pool at Green’s Pool is sheltered from the south coast winds and is one of the best places to swim. With its turquoises water (the green water that it is named for!), pure white sand and unique rock formations, it has become one of Western Australia’s most iconic beaches. We’ve included it in our list of the best Beaches in Western Australia.
Explore Elephant Rocks
Elephant Rocks Denmark is quite literally a photographer’s dream. All year around the rocks that look like a herd of elephants is a fun place to explore with kids. We love rock climbing around there, looking for animals in the rock pools and of course escaping from the rowdy elephants. Nature has done an amazing job turning these boulders into amazing sculptures.
To explore Elephant Rocks Denmark you park at the main Greens Pool carpark. There is a walk trail from the carpark, but we prefer to clamber over the rocks from the Greens Pool swimming area.
And don’t just take our word for it, well-known Australian family travel experts Y Travel Blog loved it too. Check out their review here.
I think it’s enough to say that locals in the know swim at Madfish Bay in summer. This is a gorgeous beach and usually not as busy as Greens Pool. Keep in mind that the waves come from two directions here, and there is a sand bar going out to an island amongst the rocks. The southern ocean is dangerous and you should always explore with a friend.
Madfish Bay is accessed via the William Bay Road, follow the signs and go past Greens Pool turnoff.
Waterfall Beach is very close to Madfish Bad but provides in winter, the waterfall courses across the heathland and pours out over weathered rocks and down to the beach. Once at the beach, it carves a channel to the sea. We’ve never swum in the ocean at Waterfall beach with the kids, but they did play under the waterfall!
The waterfall is on left side of the beach, when you are walking from the carpark
Walks in William Bay National Park
As the Bibbulmun Track runs the whole way through William Bay National Park there are several options for short walks by following its route. While wildflowers in Denmark start in September and run through to November (depending on the season) you can see some nice flowers all year round on this part of the coast.
Tower Hill Walk
If you are looking for a steep climb, and being rewarded by spectacular views then you should consider the Tower Hill Walk. At the top you can see views across William Bay towards Mazzoletti Beach and Parry’s Beach in the distance.
Don’t forget to wear a hat and adequate sun protection, lots of water, and be aware that snakes are on the trail during spring and summer. This walk will take several hours and is described as strenuous.
William Bay Circuit
In planning our next trip we discovered the William Bay Circuit described on a blog page. We have not done this trail, but it sounds GREAT!
Starts at Waterfall Beach and then follows the Munda Biddi Trail route before joining up with the Bibbulmun trail near the Tower Hill granite rocks. Then, from Tower Hill the trail descends to Mazzoletti Beach. Here you leave the Bibbulmun Trak and return along the beach via Greens Poll and Elephant Rocks before doing more rock scrambling to arrive back at Waterfall beach via Madfish Bay. If you like walking this really is the best overview you can have of the entire William Bay National Park! (Do your own research; we have not done this, so you should make your own preparations!
The Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca stud
Formerly known as the Denmark Alpaca Farm this place is one of our children’s favourite places in the whole world! (YES – world!) They love feeding the kangaroos and alpacas, petting the rabbits and guinea pigs and generally being in a small farm environment. Definitely visit the Denmark Alpaca Farm around at feeding time – 3pm- for a chance to bottle feed baby lambs, goats or calves. 100% little kid recommended and our kids pick for the best activity in Denmark with kids.
The Denmark Animal Farm and Pentland Alpacas are located right at the end of Scotsdale Road. There are two ways to get to the Denmark Animal farm, and both take about 20 minutes driving along truly stunning roads.
Or, better still, we would make it into a loop trip, travelling along picturesque Scotsdale road in the morning, making stops at some of the Denmark Farm Gate Trail spots (see more information below) before spending a couple of hours at the Alpaca Farm. Then, you can head onto Bart’s Meadery for a yummy honey flavoured ice-cream (or the Giant Cone if you are looking for more variety.) Finish the day up at stunning Greens Pool for sunset and rock exploration before heading back home along the South Coast Hwy.
Denmark Tree top Walk – Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
The award winning Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is one of Western Australia’s iconic sites that you must visit while in Western Australia! Therefore it definitely hits the list of the BEST things to do in Denmark WA and you should plan a day trip towards Walpole and Peaceful Bay.
Denmark’s Tree Top Walk is located 55 km (or 45 minutes’ drive) amongst a forest of magnificent red tingle trees. Once at the Valley of the Giants, you should allow about 1 hour to walk along the Tree Top Walk and then do the Ancient Empire – for more of our insider tips and hints, take a look at the Guide to the Valley of the Giants. As this unique Tree Top Walk soars 40metres in the air (and wobbles) it’s not for people who are afraid of heights – on the other hand it is completely enclosed and suitable for wheelchairs and prams. This is the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the special southern forests!
After visiting the Tree Top Walk you could head into the village of Nornalup for lunch, at either foodie friendly Nornabar or the fun Tingles Bakery. There are a wealth of activities around Walpole, which we cover in the Best things to do in Walpole WA.
Alternatively, if you prefer to head back in the direction of Denmark WA, we could recommend stopping in at Peaceful Bay – it’s the same coastline as the magnificent Greens Pool but half the people, and then dropping in at either Bart’s Meadery or the Giant Cone as you head back towards Denmark.
Thrills Adventure Park Denmark Western Australia
I’ve had my eye on the Denmark Thrills Adventure Park for a while but as it sounds very adventurous, even for dare devils, I thought it was one of those things that I could wait to do until the kids are bigger. (Like about 10 years old)
Denmark Thrills has zip lining, and rope swings … is the home of the world’s longest globe riding track, the only one like it in Australia. And because I didn’t know… Globe riding is also known as Hydro-orbing or Zorbing! Basically you go down a track while inside a 3metre diameter globe!
My notes say that bookings are essential in order to get the undivided attention of the staff. (This will be helpful if anyone is a bit scared)
The Adventure Park is located just 3km from Denmark town, on Mt Shadforth Road. As Mount Shadforth is one of the taller mountains around Denmark WA, I assume you will hydro-orb down the hill! Can’t wait!
Horse riding in Denmark WA
We recently went horse-riding in Margaret River, and so next we have our sights on doing a trail ride in Denmark WA. The Lazy R Pony Stud has a gorgeous property in beautiful Happy Valley! Yes, that’s right, it is located on Happy Valley road and they have a very pretty property with karri forest, swamp land and some hilly terrain that is perfect for a trail ride.
We are told that the Lazy R Trail Rides are suitable for all levels of riders and the horses are suitable for all skill levels. This is a kid friendly activity and they have of Shetland Ponies for smaller children.
As the Lazy R Trail Rides are not far from Bart’s Meadery or the Giant Cone, you can celebrate a successful horse ride with an ice-cream later!
Explore The Denmark River Area
The Denmark River provides a wonderful centerpiece of this cute little town, and lots of activities to keep families with kids entertained. For younger kids, there is a decent playground in the center of town (opposite the pub), and all ages love the Kwoorabup Community Park which encourages you to engage with nature. For older kids, a bicycle ride along the river to the Denmark river mouth will be a fun outing while adults enjoy the deep reflections and views. Yes the River offers is one of the best Denmark WA attractions – and it is free! For a fee, you can hire a canoe and paddle down to the inlet and back.
Berridge Park/ Denmark River Playground
If I had younger kids (eg, 5 and younger) I’d prefer this playground to the Kwoorabup Community Adventure Park. Let’s say that its more conventional with typical playground equipment. There are swings, and a big enough spider to keep my older kids entertained. BUT – this playground is right on the Denmark River and there is no fence so you need to keep an eagle eye on the children!
Kwoorabup Community Adventure Park
I’ve read this described as the Best adventure Park in Western Australia, and it’s true that this is by no means a conventional playground. It is an adventure park in all senses of the word, kids really need to be creative and think how to use the space… there are logs, gullies, climbable trees and there are lots of areas to explore.
In addition there’s also a massive lawn area where you can kick a ball or throw a Frisbee. In addition there are toilets and BBQ areas.
The Kwoorabup Community Park can be easily accessed from Denmark town via a walk trail that begins at the toilet block opposite Pawprint Chocolate and Tea house Books.
Other things to do in the Denmark River area
Mokare Heritage Trail
The Mokare Heritage Trail is a very nice 3 km loop walk that follows both sides of the Denmark River. You start at the main road bridge (or alternatively the kid’s playground opposite the Denmark Pub) and then head towards the river mouth. After crossing the old railway bridge on part of the Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail you return back to town. Kids love to ride their bikes on this path, or scooter.
Denmark River excursions
Next summer we plan to hire kayaks in Denmark and explore Wilson Inlet
You can launch your kayak or canoe at Berridge Park (park near the Kid’s playground) and glide up and down the river. You can head upstream until the river gets too narrow, enjoying the karri trees lining the shore and looking out for birds. Then head downstream as far as the Railway Bridge… or further if you like.
If you are a stronger paddler, you could also launch your canoe or kayak at the Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park or Poddy Shot Boat Launch. From here, you can Explore Poison Point and Honeymoon Island – get information of how to do this from the folks at the Rivermouth Caravan Park. Note that the inlet can be choppy and difficult to navigate in windy weather.
Denmark is Delicious!
Denmark WA wineries… are awesome
While not as well-known as Margaret River Denmark has been a major wine producing area of Western Australia for over 30 years and has some excellent wineries to enjoy! If you are into wines look up Great Southern Wine Region and you will discover a whole new world of fresh, exciting wines. But I digress… if you are looking for Denmark Wa wineries, we love the Scotsdale Scenic drive which loops you around at the back of Denmark with beautiful farm scenery, local produce, galleries and of course wineries to explore.
However, if you are visiting Denmark WA with kids, Boston Brewery (and Willoughby Park Winery) is a winner on all fronts; great brews, large meals, and a fun kids playground. Frequently over the weekend in summer there are bands playing and the kid’s playground is conveniently located right next to vines and a chilled out table area.
Denmark has not one but TWO great places to eat ice-cream! And what a better way to finish a summer’s day after either a visit to Greens Pool or another beach inWilliam Bay National Park ?
Bartholomew’s Meadery has been in Denmark before it was a popular destination, and their product is uniquely Denmark… their hives are kept in the most pristine forests and natural bush land of the south-west, providing unique flavors. Better still, adhere to organic guidelines. Our kids LOVE the glass beehive where you can spot the queen and of course we all love the Ice-cream and get a pot of honey to take home.
Just down the road from the Meadery, The Giant Cone has seriously big (and quite expensive) ice cream cones that mix fresh fruits and ice-cream and almost suffice for a whole meal. Located in the Denmark Toffee Factory, Elephant Rocks Cidery, and the“A bit on the side” gourmet sources and preserves there is plenty to keep you entertained. Not to mention a fun cubby house and Denmark Soccer Mini Golf.
Shopping in Denmark WA
Enjoy The Thrill Of Browsing In An Old Fashioned Book Shop
When this mumma was a kid it was the ultimate luxury to buy a new book. We would at first browse the hallowed shelves before turning the precious pages. In Denmark, you can have this experience and better, and old-fashioned bookshelf with a coffee shop at the back. Just a wonderful place to step back in time.
Go Tip Shopping
No, we are not encouraging consumerism. However, Denmark is blessed with one of the most awesome Tip Shops on earth! Like the popular “Op Shop” (Opportunity or Thrift Shop) the tip shop, which is run by Greenskills, this place is filled with so much good quality second-hand stuff your mind boggles. And, it is all offered at very low prices. We’ve left here with garbage bags of clothes before and every time we visit Denmark this is on the list of stops!
Denmark Arts Markets
With a thriving art scene and plenty of creative local folk, the Denmark Arts Markets are a great day out; with live music and a boho hippy feel, you can kick back and feel the vibe. Or get in some shopping for some ingeniously made local products that more often than not are organic and natural. Held monthly over the summer through to Easter (contact the Tourist Bureau for exact dates).
Walks in Denmark Western Australia
One of the best things to do in Denmark WA is enjoy the beautiful forest by doing a bushwalk. These are a couple of the most family friendly ones:
Denmark Maze is very simple but a lovely walk for littlies who enjoy the nooks and crannies created by this maze.
Harewood Forest walk is a lovely 600-meter walk (EG, doable with small kids) among a regenerated Karri forest, logged 100 years ago but now full of life.
Monkey Rock Climb
Described as strenuous (but OK for our 5-year-old) this 1.5 km steep walk to the top of Monkey Rock rewards you with stunning views around the Denmark area.
Mount Lindesay – For Older Kids
Mount Lindesay offers a 9km quite steep return walk to the summit of this granite outcrop. You are rewarded by stunning views and in wildflower season (September) a truly amazing display of colorful wildflowers.
Did we mention that Denmark WA has amazing beaches?
It would be remiss of us to only mention the insta famous Greens Pool and the other beaches in William Bay National Park. There is of course Ocean Beach just out of town which is a great place to learn to surf!!! We also like Lights Beach which is a really attractive beach (and dogs are allowed if you are with your pooch).
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What is the best Denmark WA accommodation for families?
For a small village, Denmark WA pretty much has every type of accommodation your heart could desire! From Luxury accommodation with boutique designs, featuring woods and designs harmonious to the natural environment, to rustic farm cottages from yesteryear, Denmark’s vibe is represented in its places to stay.
There are a range of Denmark chalets, offering self-contained accommodation – some on working farms, some in the middle of the bush, offering eco-forest retreat experiences. The theme with all the places to stay Denmark WA is escape. Get out into nature, switch off, and take a step back from the frenetic pace of life in the city. Connect with your loved ones, recharge your soul, soak in the fresh air and be reinvigorated by the ocean. Come to Denmark for a couple of days and you will wish you had of booked for much longer.
For those looking for budget friendly affordable accommodation Denmark WA also has some solid options. Amongst the best are three Caravan Parks, all spectacularly sited.
We believe that when it comes to booking your holiday accommodation Denmark WA, this beautiful little town will not disappoint.
Places to eat in Denmark WA
We keep going back to Mrs Jones Cafe for their awesome breakfasts and tasty lunches.
Other things to do around Denmark WA?
We’ve often written about the wonders of Walpole and the Walpole Wilderness area. If you are staying in Denmark for a few days, we strongly recommend putting aside a day or more for a visit to this wonderful nature based destination.
There are lots and lots of (mostly) nature-based attractions around. Check out our post “Things To Do In Walpole Western Australia With Kids“.
A Western Australian icon, don’t miss out on a visit to the Valley of the Giants Tree top Walk. Our top tips to visit is here in our post “Valley Of The Giants WA Tree Top Walk With Kids“.
These are logistics recommendations of how to get the best photos out of a visit to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
More Information About Denmark With Kids?
A great place to get local information is always the Denmark Visitor Center.
The Verdict – the Best things to do in Denmark Western Australia
We’ve been back to Denmark Western Australia many times because we love it. You will too. We believe that we have compiled the most complete summary of What to do in Denmark WA that you will find on the web. That is no exaggeration, we know that the information here is both comprehensive, complete and original! This is because this is our own opinions and experiences over many visits!
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