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Best Things to Do in Denmark, Western Australia

Many of you know that we love exploring our home state of Western Australia, especially Australia’s Southwest. Filled with gorgeous landscapes, the Southwest is one of the top 36 biodiversity hotspots in the world! Within this region is the little coastal town of Denmark, located along the Rainbow Coast. If you are coming to visit Western Australia, make sure you add Denmark to your bucket list. Swimming in the turquoise-blue oceans, indulging in local cuisine and surrounded by the natural landscape… it is a place that’s pretty easy to fall in love with.

It will take you approximately 4.5hrs to get to Denmark from Perth. The climate is mild all year round, with more sunny days in the summer months. If your a sun-seeker like us, make sure you visit between December and March. Just note that school holidays are on during this time.

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What to Do in Denmark, Western Australia

While Denmark has some incredible nature-based activities, there is even more to offer. Whether you love to go on adventures, find kid friendly activities for your family or sit back and relax, Denmark has something for every traveller.

Looking for more family-friendly things to do in Western Australia? Read our guide on the Top Free Things to Do in Australia’s Southwest!

Boston Brewery

Boston Brewery is one of our favourite breweries in Western Australia’s South West Region. You cannot come to Denmark without a visit to this brewery. With an incredible food menu and a great selection of beer and wine, it is hard to pass up!

My personal favourite from here is the Tingle Top Ginger Beer. But a tasting paddle is a great way to experience the best the brewery has to offer.

Set next to a vineyard there is a huge opened grassed area where you can enjoy your food out in the sun. It is such a stunning setting, especially during the warmer months. There is also a playground, making it a great spot for families to spend the afternoon. Your kids can play while you sit back and relax!

Head to the Beach

All along Denmark’s coastline are pristine beaches, stretching for 100kms. With a diversity of white sandy beaches to rock pools and headlands there is plenty of room, even in the peak summer season.

Simply choose one of Denmark’s many beaches and find a secluded spot to spend the day at. We loved finding little sandy beaches between the rocks, where the water was nice and shallow. It felt like we had our own private beach!

Some popular beaches in and around Denmark include:

  • Parry Beach
  • Ocean Beach
  • Greens Pool
  • Peaceful Bay
  • Lights Beach

If you love to swim, being on the south coast water here is quite cold! But being such a pristine blue we couldn’t help but take a dip.

Read More: 10 Tips for Taking a Toddler to the Beach

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

If you love nature, head towards Walpole to experience the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. The tree top walk is internationally recognised as a nature-based tourism attraction. It is a 40-minute drive from Denmark, but very worth the distance.

The Tree Top Walk is located in amongst the unique tingle trees, found nowhere else in the world. The tingle trees are a form of eucalyptus and are the biggest timber trees on earth. The Tree Top Walk allows you to ascend 40 meters above ground, on a lightweight suspension bridge, to walk through the forest canopy. The bridge is designed to move as you walk to make you feel as if you are moving with the wind in the trees.

It is a great family friendly activity, for kids of all ages. The 600m long walkway is accessible for both prams and wheelchairs. The trail doesn’t take long to complete so it is worth your money to go around twice!

Cost: $21 per adult

Alternatively, if you don’t have the budget to pay for the tree top walk there is also a ground walk that is free of charge. This can be a great option for something to do with your kids!

The Giant Tingle Tree

Not far from the Tree Top Walk is the Giant Tingle Tree. Tingles are the largest girthed eucalypt trees and are often found hollowed out in the inside. This means that you can walk through them.

Circular Pool

From the Giant Tingle Tree you should head to Circular Pool. It is a popular picnic spot on the Frankland River with rapids in the winter and a large pool in summer. We were here in the summer and the water was still flowing!

We did hear that you can swim here, but beware of leeches in the water!

The paths leading down to the pool, pass two viewing platforms that allow you to look over the Frankland River, Circular Pool or into the forest. Around the pool is a boardwalk and picnic table where you can enjoy something to eat amongst nature.

Toilets are available up near the carpark.

Hilltop Lookout

Access to Hilltop Lookout is along a gravel road off of the South Coast Highway. From the lookout you’ll be able to see picturesque views over the forest, down to the Frankland River and Nornalup Inlet. On a clear day you’ll even be able to see out to the ocean.

The Hilltop Lookout is the first stop on the Hilltop Scenic Drive (which also includes the Giant Tingle Tree and Circular Pool).

If you’re towing a caravan you won’t be able to come to Hilltop Lookout.

Try Denmark’s Local Produce

As Denmark is located in the Australia’s Southwest, a region abundant in produce, trying some local produce should be one of your top things to do! You can try everything from fine wines; olives on a family-run farm to locally produced ice cream.

Many of the places will allow you to taste the products free of charge. But with so much delicious food on offer, make sure you buy something to take home!

Some places we’d recommend you head to include:

  • Bartholomew’s Meadery
  • Denmark Good Food Factory
  • Dark Side Chocolates
  • Wild Olive Farm
  • Valley of the Giants Wines and Olives

Alternatively, head out on a full day tour where you can try foods and wine from around Denmark. This Tasting Delicious Denmark tour departs from Albany and includes lunch, food & wine tasting with a local guide.

Read reviews and check availability here.

Camp at Parry Beach, Denmark

While I wouldn’t normally include a campground in a “things to do” list, Parry Beach Campground really stuck out to us. We really enjoyed the huge sites that had a lot of shade throughout the day. Not to mention the fact that it is extremely affordable!

Parry Beach Campground also has showers that are heated by solar, flushing toilets and BBQs for cooking. After coming from a campsite that had no showers and long drop toilets, this was very exciting for us! With the solar showers, hot water doesn’t last very long. So shower between 11am and 3pm for hot water and remember to keep your showers short.

The campground is located right next to the beach, with four-wheel drive access. We did not come prepared with a four-wheel drive, but the sand was very hard and we still took our car on the beach. It is also a great area for beach fishing! We also went for a beach walk every evening, which quickly became one of my favorite parts of our stay!

While you cannot book here, the cost per site is very small. The sites fill up fast during the school holidays, so arrive early if you plan to stay here during that time.

Cost Per Night: $15 per car, per night (for up to 2 people)

William Bay National Park, Denmark

William Bay National Park is one of the most instagrammable and popular destinations for tourists to visit in Denmark and Western Australia. It has become famous by its two beaches, Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool. When you visit these beaches, you will easily see why!

If you plan to come here to take photos, make sure you arrive early as the beaches do fill up quickly. So does the car park.

When you arrive there are two areas where you can park. One is closer to Elephant Rocks and the other to Greens Pool. The two beaches are connected by a track so you can park at either.

family sitting on beach at elephant rocks Western Australia

Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks was my favorite of the two beaches, simply because less people were here. The beach got its name from the giant boulder rocks that take the likeness of elephants.

To get to this beach, take the pathway until you see the sign to Elephant Rocks heading left. As you enter the beach you will walk between two of the giant rocks, round the corner and see the most stunning beach! Be sure to take an iconic photo of you walking through the natural entry.

Greens Pool

Greens Pool is the more popular beach of the two, especially during summer. There are often a lot of families and tourists on the beach, as well as swimming lessons being held during the school holidays.

This beach is to the right of Elephant Rocks connected by and walking track. There is a huge sloping rock that leads into the water, perfect for sitting on, as well as a white sandy beach.

Greens Pool is very popular for snorkeling and paddle boarding. Even though the beach is busy, you will easily see why it is a popular thing to do in Denmark and Western Australia.

Beach Fishing

Denmark is home to a variety of species of fish and is particularly popular during the annual Australian salmon run during March-April. Throughout the year, the area is home to a multitude of bread and butter species such as herring, whiting, squid and flathead (pictured). Using berley will almost guarantee a positive result.

The Town of Denmark, Western Australia

The town of Denmark is a cute little country town, making it a great place to walk the streets. Full of boutique stores, great cafes and local products – you could easily spend a day exploring here.

Make sure you stop at the Bibbulmum Café or Denmark Bakery for a coffee and something to eat!

Denmark Markets

The Artsy Town of Denmark holds Markets periodically throughout the year. With stall selling local produce, arts and crafts, live music and bites to eat or drink, the markets can be a great way to spend your day!

You’ll want to check when the markets are on if this is of interest to you.

Watch the Sunset Over the Ocean

Finally, the last thing you cannot miss out on in Denmark is watching the sunset over the ocean. Take my advice and go for a sunset walk on at least one even during your stay.

As we were staying right on Parry Beach, we went for one nearly every day, and it was the highlight of my stay. There is nothing better than walking along the beach with your family while watching the sky turn to stunning colours!

BONUS: Explore the region from Perth

If you don’t have the time to travel down to Denmark but would love to experience the best the area has to offer, you may want to consider booking a day tour from Perth, such as the Albany Southwest Wilderness Day Tour.

This full day tour will fly you out to the region, and includes: The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Elephant Rocks & Greens Pool, as well as several attractions in Albany. Lunch is included, along with all the activities and transport between them.

Check reviews and availability here.

Overall

If you are travelling to Western Australia, staying Denmark should definitely be on your radar. With so many different things to do within such a unique area, your family will be entertained for days! Be sure to book yourself a minimum of 4 days to fit in all the best things to do!

10 Comments

  • Pam
    February 10, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    This is such a cool list! I’d love to do all of them whenever i get to Denmark – but at the top would be walking through the trees. That’s such a unique experience that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Your pictures are awesome!

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    • Megan
      February 11, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks so much!

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  • Erica
    February 7, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for such a great post. I love all of your suggestions and can see myself doing all of them if I’m ever in Denmark. The tree top walk and seeing the trees would be at the top of my list of to-dos. I love wandering through nature and can’t resist a good bridge walk. I love that the bridge on the tree top walk is accessible. So few things are, and it is really nice when designers have the forethought to ensure things are accessible so more people can enjoy them. And that ice cream looks delicious! I could go for a scoop right now.

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    • Megan
      February 10, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you loved the post! If you are interested in knowing more about the Tree Top Walk, I actually just shared a whole blog post on it and our experience! The ice cream was good… we also went to an olive farm and they were great too!

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  • Reina E Conboy
    February 7, 2020 at 2:25 am

    This looks like a super fun trip! Elephant Rocks and William Bay National Park looked interesting to explore!

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    • Megan
      February 10, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Yesss! The national park is probably the most popular tourist destination in the area!

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  • Chris | Tourist With Tots
    February 5, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    We love craft breweries. Did you have a favorite beer at the Boston Brewery?

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    • Megan
      February 6, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      I absolutely love ginger beer so that was my favourite! Its nice and refreshing on a hot day too!

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  • Michelle
    February 5, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful area. I had never heard of a tingle tree, so thanks for introducing me to something new! I would love to just hang out at the beach and eat ice cream!

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    • Megan
      February 6, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      The tingle trees are not very common! Yes, the beaches are amazing here… they just have very cold water!

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