Denmark Western Australia - A Local's Tour Guide

The Wilson Inlet, Denmark

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The Wilson Inlet is in the heart of Denmark, Western Australia.

Wilson Inlet facing North

The Wilson Inlet is fed from the Denmark and Hay Rivers and is less than a kilometre south of town. Embraced by the Nullaki peninsula on the southern side, this majestic water is divided from the ocean by a sandbar which covers the opening much of the year.

Wilson Inlet facing North

Black Swan - Western Australia FlagKnown as Koorabup "The Place of the Black Swan" by the Noongar, the Wilson Inlet is a haven for these majestic birds which are the Icon (on the flag>>) of Western Australia.

The Black Swans of Koorabup, Denmark, Wilson Inlet

The Wilson Inlet is over twenty kilometres long. Home to a variety of fish and bird life, the quiet and peaceful Inlet has many places to sit and enjoy the view.

The sandbar, for most of the year, divides the inlet from the Southern Ocean (below).

Wilson Inlet North East

It is periodically opened by digging a channel. Ocean Beach Lookout is great for seeing the sand-bar opened or closed offering spectacular views of the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean.

Wilson Inlet North East

Click play below to view a video of the open channel:

Western Australian Pelican flying over Wilson Inlet, Denmark

Many species of land and water birds can be seen around the Wilson Inlet including the Western Australian Pelican (above), and the Black Swans (above right). The natural biodiversity of this sanctuary should always be respected.

Wilson Inlet Reflections

Wilson Inlet facing North from Nullaki

Wilson Inlet - Pelicans on Pelican Island

Crusoe Beach, (above) on the northern side of the Inlet, is along the Denmark Heritage Rail Trail. This trail can be followed by foot or bike 6.5 kilometres to the mouth of the Denmark River. The trail hugs the northern side of the Wilson Inlet and leads to Crusoe Beach at the eastern end. More information can be found about the Rail Trail at: www.railtrails.org.au

Denmark is located a few kilometres up-river on the northern side of the Inlet.

Wilson Inlet Reflections

Ocean Beach and Nullaki Peninsula.
The Denmark River as it flows into the Wilson Inlet
south of Denmark Town. Photo taken from the Heritage Rail Bridge.

Black Swans on the Wilson Inlet

Western Australian Pelican flying over Wilson Inlet, Denmark
Wilson Inlet from Nullaki Peninsula

I had the opportunity to experience kayaking on the Wilson Inlet on a clear winter's day. Care to see what the inlet is like? Click play to see>>

The Inlet is ever changing. Sometimes clear and reflective, others indistinguishable from the sea (at a distance) quite choppy and fresh.

Denmark Map Western Australia Denmark Beaches Map
From William Bay National Park in the West, Ocean Beach, Ligts Beach and Nullaki Peninsula. Visit the Denmark Beaches Map


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