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.

Denmark is a small town situated between Walpole and Albany. It takes about 45 minutes from Denmark to Walpole and 40 minutes to Albany.

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.

the view of a sandy beach from a lookout

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Perth to Denmark WA

Denmark is on the South West coast of Western Australia, Australia, 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.

If you haven’t booked your flight yet, look at our travel resources to find out how to get the best flight deals.

Car Hire – There are several car hire companies available at the airport but I usually find that Europcar has the best deals for us.

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 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

a natural pool with giant boulders and clear water

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

granite rocks shaped like elephants by the ocean

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

an alpaca on a farm

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:

Adults $14.00
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

the landscaped gardens of 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.


Beaches

things to do in denmark a sandy beach

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.  


Walking Trails

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

a playground and beer garden

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

view high up on a steel walk way with views above tree canopy of tingle trees

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

a stunning sandy bay with turquoise water

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.


Denmark WA Accommodation

Camping

We stayed at the Ocean Beach Holiday Park in a superior chalet. Ok, it’s not camping, but it is in a caravan park. There were great facilities, including a jumping pillow, playground, tennis court, and mini-golf.

There’s a new camp kitchen featuring luxury stone benchtops, three deep kitchen sinks, fridges, two aircons, and a huge TV. I also checked out the amenities, which were clean.

The park itself is well maintained and just a short walk to Ocean Beach.

Budget

My recommendation for a budget stay in Denmark would be the Koorabup Motel. All rooms have a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, stovetop, microwave, fridge, and toaster. Room types vary from a studio to a two-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 5.

We use booking.com to book our accommodation as they offer competitive prices, the system is easy to use, and their cancellation policy is great.

Mid-Range

William Bay Cottages would be amazing to stay at, especially in winter. Who can resist a log fire?! Each cottage also has a patio, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. They are situated on a working farm, making the perfect choice for children who love a farm stay. There’s also a private beach track to Mazzoletti Beach. Don’t just take my word on how good this looks; see it here.

Luxury

Ark of Denmark features only two beautiful chalets with everything required for a relaxing getaway. Set on 2-acres of natural bush, enjoy inlet glimpses, sounds of the ocean, sunrises, rare bird-life, and Australian bush scenes from every window. A unique treehouse type timber building with a pot belly fire, private bathroom, kitchen, and coffee machine.

Bed and Breakfast

Sensational Heights B&B sits on 101 acres of beautiful Karri Forest. All suites feature a TV, DVD player, heating, air conditioning, and tea/coffee making facilities. 

HotelStarsTripAdvisor RatingPriceBreakfastBook
Sensational Heights B&B4.55$$YBook Here
Ark of Denmark45$$$NBook Here
Aiyana Retreat4.55$$$NBook Here
Chimes Spa Retreat4.54.5$$YBook Here
William Bay Cottages44.5$$NBook Here
Koorabup Motel34.5$NBook Here

Private Accommodation

Alternatively, Stayz has a lot of private accommodation in or near Denmark. Have a look here to see what is available.

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.

Flights

plane flying over a beach

I use different sites to try and get the best possible price for flights.

First I visit matrix.itasoftware.com to get an idea of the cheapest dates, but you can’t book through this site.

Next I compare the cost of flights with Trip.com and try different routes.

Accommodation

A Definitive List of the Best Things To Do in Denmark WA

I mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties.

Car Hire

black car

To compare rental car company prices, I use Rentalcars.com. They are the world’s biggest car rental site, comparing all main brands including Europcar, Budget, Ace, Hertz, Avis, and Alamo.

Travel Insurance

A Definitive List of the Best Things To Do in Denmark WA

Don’t travel anywhere without travel insurance, it’s not worth the risk.

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Travel Information & Guides

This Australia Travel Guide, which includes all essential information and tips, will help with the planning of your holiday to this beautiful country.

If you are looking for more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.

FAQ

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.

If you found our Best Things To Do in Denmark guide helpful, please consider booking through one of our links. It won’t cost you anything but will help towards the cost of running this site. Thank you 🙂

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24 Comments

  1. What an incredible place!! Greens pools?! That water! And boutique lodging 🙂 looks like my kinda place in WA!

    1. Doesn’t the accommodation look wonderful? We normally camp, but think I might have to change that the next time we visit Denmark.

  2. John Quinn says:

    Any place with a winery and alpacas is a winner for me Wendy. Especially if you can visit the latter after getting giddy in the former.

  3. Another great place! I was wondering how did Denmark get its name and I fully expected it to be something to do with the country!

    1. I must admit that I thought that Denmark was named after the European country before I researched it.

  4. Francesca says:

    Denmark looks so beautiful! I love the Elephant Rocks and I definitely wouldn’t say no to visiting the wineries!

    1. Elephant Rocks is one of the best places to visit in Denmark and the wine is excellent.

    1. The ocean really is that clear Kevin. Hope you make it here once we can travel again.

  5. Australia always seems so incredibly beautiful… it’s even to hard to decide where to start. Thank you for sharing this and all your amazing pictures!

    1. Thank you Alexandra. If you decide to travel to Australia and need help planning, let me know. I’m always happy to help.

  6. I’m officially in love with Denmark! From the gorgeous beaches and alpacas to the wineries and Boston Brewery – it sounds like my kind of place. I love the punny names of the beers at the brewery. Are they all like that?

  7. I loved Denmark although we didn’t have long enough to do everything in your guide. We stayed in the Rivermouth camp site which was lovely – take me back!! 😉

    1. Denmark is a beautiful town with a lot to do. However, it’s also the best place to simply lie back and relax.

  8. Steven Jepson says:

    The beaches of Australia’s Denmark look fantastic! The Ark of Denmark is exactly the type of lodging I always look for

    1. Denmark’s beaches are beautiful Steven, with soft white sand. We haven’t stayed at The Ark of Denmark yet, but it looks amazing.

  9. Funny that there’s a Denmark in Western Australia! Those beaches are calling me, especially as it’s just starting snowing here in Italy. Green Pools and Elephant Rocks are a must see and even better of course because it’s free!

    1. Both Green Pool and Elephant Rocks are stunning, and one of my favourite places to visit in Denmark and Western Australia.

  10. This looks like the kind of place we love to go!
    We should go for a year to Australia with all these amazing guides that you are putting together!
    Great job Wendy and thanks for sharing!

  11. Liz Hubbard says:

    I like the look of Denmark’s beautiful beaches. A great place for a nice restful and relaxing retreat. It was good to know how the town got it’s name, as I was wondering that while reading the post!

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