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!
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.
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 and 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:
William Bay National Park, Denmark, WA
Elephant Rocks, William Bay National Park
Greens Pool, William Bay National Park
Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail Bridge
Lights Beach, Denmark Wa
Ocean Beach, Denmark, WA
Tower Hill, Bibbulmun Track, William Bay NP
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 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
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!
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.
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 and The Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre is perfect for people of all ages! Complimentary wheelchairs and strollers.
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.
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 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.
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.
More information on the south-west coast in our other Western Australian travellers guides:
The Rainbow Coast is a national biosphere area and deserves our care and respect, please try to reduce your environmental impact when visiting the coast. Your safety while visiting the region iis your responsibility, please obey the signs and be careful. THANKS FOR VISITING!
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