Being Perth locals, we have visited Denmark WA numerous times. This is our guide to the best 10 things to do in Denmark WA plus tips on the best time to visit, how to get there, and where to stay.
The main industries in the Denmark region are tourism, farming, fishing, and the arts. It’s become a popular home for alternative lifestyles, spiritualists, naturalists, artists, people who like the peaceful country life, and retirees. This gives the town a “hippy” vibe.
The beaches here are stunning, the scenery is spectacular, and the food’s delicious. What are you waiting for? Read on for all the information needed to plan your trip.
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The Best Things To Do in Denmark WA
There are many things to do in Denmark, WA, and the surrounding area, but this is my list of the best things to do if you are limited for time.
Greens Pool is our favourite free thing to do when we visit Denmark. As you can see from the photo, the scenery is stunning. The turquoise water is so clear and sparkles under the sunlight, and the sandy beach is perfect for the kids to play on.
The large granite boulders make the pool so picturesque that you can’t help but take a million photos. They also protect the bay from the Great Southern Ocean, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Zebra fish, silver drummer, six-spined leatherjackets, and mosaic sea stars are just some of the marine life you may encounter.
It’s a gradual slope from the beach into the water, so it remains shallow for quite a bit. This allows children to have a splash and swim without being in deep water.
The ocean is pretty cold here so I’d only go for a swim in summer! Our daughters braved the cold water in April, though.
The views from the lookout here across Greens Pool and Mazzoletti Beach in the distance are beautiful. Don’t forget your camera!
A 1.5km trail links Greens Pool to Elephant Rocks.
Greens Pool is located in William Bay National Park, a 15-minute drive west of Denmark.
Voted as Number 13 in Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Top 25 Beaches in the South Pacific region, it’s a must-visit when in Denmark.
Elephant Rocks and Cove
Can you see how Elephant Rocks got their name? Yes, those granite rocks look like elephants looking out to sea.
The scenery here is magnificent and another place where you need to bring your camera.
The ocean is like Greens Pool, a clear turquoise colour that contrasts against the boulders.
From here, go down the stairs and walk between the two towering rocks, then you will be in Elephant Cove. This tiny sandy beach is stunning, and we had it to ourselves when we visited. It was an incredible experience to stand on that beach and see the giant boulders from this perspective.
Be careful at High Tide as waves can rush through the walkway. I wouldn’t swim at this beach either as it has a known rip and is prone to large waves.
Elephant Rocks and Cove are located in Williams Bay National Park, close to Greens Pool. The rocks are just a short walk from the car park.
Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud
Denmark Animal Farm and Pentland Alpaca Stud is a fun thing to do with kids. We have visited twice, and our daughters have loved it on both occasions.
It’s outstanding value and a great option for a cheap thing to do in Denmark. Currently, the admission prices are as follows:
Senior Cardholders $12.00
Children (3 – 15) $ 7.00
2 Adults & 3 Children $45.00
This cost includes a small bag of food each to feed the animals. There’s the option to purchase more food for $1 a bag (our girls bought another two out of their pocket money).
There are normally joeys that can be held with the supervision of one of the staff. They are super cute and a highlight of our children’s visit. The adult kangaroos around the farm are free to leave, but some choose to stay (who can blame them).
You are free to enter some of the enclosures like the alpacas and the goats. Word of warning, don’t take food in with the goats. They can be very friendly if they know you have food!
There are baby farm animals too, some of which can be held. Bottle feeding is daily at 3 pm.
Open daily 10 am to 4 pm.
Closed December 24 & 25 only.
2019 SCOTSDALE ROAD, DENMARK, WA, 6333.
Visit a Vineyard
Denmark and the surrounding Great Southern region has had great success in producing cold climate wines. There are now 25 wineries producing award-winning wines of incredible quality.
Riesling and Chardonnay were the first grapes planted, but there are now Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.
My personal favourite is Singlefile Wines (pictured opposite). Their wines are excellent, and you can bring food with you to have a picnic on their grounds.
The Lake House also has excellent reviews with their cafe/restaurant open for brunch, lunch, and/or afternoon tea. It’s on the top of our list to visit next time.
Maybe try one of these self-drive winery tours; just make sure you have a designated driver.
The beaches near Denmark are stunning, with plenty to choose from. The rugged coastline is beautiful with ancient granite rocks and dune cliffs.
My favourite is Greens Pool for the picturesque granite boulders and clear turquoise water.
The surf is best at Ocean Beach (opposite), the closest beach to Denmark. The Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club patrols this beach on weekends from December to March. It’s a great beach for water activities such as surfing, kayaking, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Toilets, changing rooms, and showers are available here.
Stop at the lookout, just before the beach, for wonderful views over the channel between the Wilson Inlet and the ocean. There is also Lions Lookout, just after Ocean Beach.
Lights Beach consists of three beaches; Eastern Beach, Central Beach, and Western Beach. Eastern Beach has a rock pool, Princess Pool, which is great for children to paddle in. It’s protected from the fierce waves by large boulders. Central Beach has large waves and is not suitable for swimming, but the views are beautiful. There’s another lookout at Lights Beach with spectacular views over William Bay and a great place to see the sunset.
Waterfall Beach is in William Bay National Park; make a left turn at the Greens Pool car park. A creek flows over Pleistocene rock to form a small waterfall. We visited in April, and it was more of a trickle, but I’d expect it to be better in late winter or early spring. Children like to play in the stream that leads into Madfish Bay.
The waterfall is to the left of the car park on the far side of the beach. Don’t just go for the waterfall; the beach is beautiful with great views across the bay.
Parry Beach is 21 km west of Denmark in the William Bay National Park. It has views across William Bay towards Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. Mazzoletti Beach can be accessed from Parry Beach across Parry Inlet most of the year, as the channel is completely blocked by a sand bar.
There are many walking, biking, hiking, and water trails close to Denmark.
The Bibbulmun Track is a world-class long-distance walk. It covers nearly 1000kms from Perth suburb Kalamunda to Albany in the South West. If you’re not up to walking the whole track, it can be walked in smaller parts.
The Munda Biddi is an off-road cycling trail covering 1,000 km from Mundaring (in Perth’s hills) to Albany. Again, this trail can be ridden in sections.
A full list of the trails can be found on the Denmark Visitor Centre website.
This Trails of Denmark map shows where the walks are in relation to Denmark.
Lunch at Boston Brewing Co
Boston Brewing Co is the place for lunch in Denmark. It’s always crowded with couples, families, and friends.
This family-run business started in Denmark but now can also be found in Victoria Park, Perth.
I love the ways that the Boston Brewery contributes to the sustainability of Denmark; the local Parks use the empty grain bags for invasive weed collection, spent grain is given to local farmers to feed their stock, and local produce is used in their restaurant whenever possible.
They have around twelve of their beers on tap. I had the wheat beer, Hey Hay, which was really good. The Right Nut Brown Ale was a winner with my husband too.
If wine is more your style, the brewery is located on the grounds of Willoughby Park winery.
The playground is popular with children, and the outside area fills up fast. Therefore, I’d recommend booking ahead.
Day Trip to Walpole
Walpole is only a 45-minute drive from Denmark, making it ideal for a day trip.
Visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Peaceful Bay, or one of the many other attractions.
This guide on things to do in Walpole provides other ideas on what to do on your day trip there.
Combine this with the Youngs Sidings to Walpole Scenic Drive.
Day Trip to Albany
Albany is only a 40-minute drive from Denmark. If you haven’t been to Albany, and aren’t heading there as part of your Perth to Albany road trip, then take a day trip from Denmark.
Albany is known for its history, stunning beaches, and the incredible Torndirrup National Park.
Our guide on things to do in Albany WA details all the best attractions for your day there.
Perth to Denmark WA
Denmark is in Western Australia’s South West, 414 km south east of Perth.
International and domestic visitors will fly into Perth Airport. Find details about visas, prohibited items, currency, and safety on our Australia page.
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Tip: The earlier car hire is booked, the more options there are, and the lowest prices.
Denmark is just under a 5-hour drive from Perth, along Albany Highway and National Route 1.
TransWA runs buses to Albany that stop in Denmark. However, it’s hard to get around this region without a car.
The Ultimate Perth to Denmark
This Perth to Albany road trip, stopping in Denmark, takes you through the spectacular Margaret River region which should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Stop at the very best places Australia’s South West has to offer.
Denmark Forecast & Weather
The hottest months are from January to March, where the average highs are 24/25 degrees.
The coldest months are from June to September. During this time, the temperature will be around 16/17, with a minimum of 7.
Most rain falls between May and August, with January and February being the driest months.
See the detailed 7-day forecast at the Bureau of Meteorology.
A Brief History & Settlement of Denmark WA
I want to respectfully acknowledge the Noongar People, the Traditional Owners, and First People of these lands. I would like to pay my respect to the Elders past, present, and future, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture, and hopes of the Noongar People.
The Noongar People called the river and the inlet Kwoorabup, which means “place of the black wallaby” (kwoor).
The Millar Brothers bought 20,000 acres of timber-covered land in 1895 and built a timber mill. By 1900, there were three mills, with 800 workers and their families residing in Denmark.
In 1904 Millars’ Denmark operation was closed down due to the depletion of timber. Most people left the area, and it wasn’t until 1920 that the town was revived with the introduction of the Group Settlement Scheme.
Small parcels of land were cleared to make way for farms, mainly cattle, dairy, and orchards.
The tourism industry started when American soldiers stationed in Albany during WWII took trips to Denmark. After the war, Denmark became a popular place to holiday by Western Australians.
What is the population of Denmark?
According to the 2016 Census, the Denmark WA population was 2,558. This increases with tourists with the town at full capacity during school holidays and summer.
How far is Denmark WA from Perth?
Along Albany Highway, it is 416 km, which will take about 4 hours and 45 minutes by car.
Why is Denmark WA called Denmark?
Denmark River was named after Alexander Denmark, a naval surgeon, in 1829.
How far is Denmark from Albany?
Denmark is 54.5 km from Albany and would take about 40 minutes in a car.
Is there a supermarket in Denmark?
Yes, there are two IGAs in the town centre, one a Supa IGA. Both supermarkets are open 7 days a week.
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