Denmark is located on the South West Coast of Western Australia, 414 Kilometres south east of Perth, in the Great Southern Region along the Rainbow Coast. Denmark has natural attractions galore and a mild climate all year round making it the perfect destination for your south coast holiday. Ideally set, it's one of the nicest places in Western Australia.
Tall forests merge onto pristine white sandy beaches, across the ancient rocks and into the magnificent Southern Ocean. Set along the bend of the Denmark River you can walk a heritage trail to the river mouth, past the historic rail bridge, and watch the river gracefully flow into the Wilson Inlet. Nature lovers like Denmark for its pristine beaches, world-class walking trails, prolific wildlife, undulating landscape, ancient towering trees and wildflowers.
There are many walks and trails in and around Denmark. Stroll through ancient forests, wander past still waters, walk along the ocean's edge, hike through the bushland, gaze from cliffs, climb mountains and boulders, play in the park lands, watch for whales and splash on the beaches. The walks are awe inspiring, with so many different scenic backdrops from which to choose.
Bike, hike, run, climb, swim, hang-glide, 4 wheel drive, surf, to mention just a few of the adventure activities available for your leisure.
The world famous Bibbulmun Track winds right through the heart of Denmark offering magnificent scenery on a well maintained walking trail with sleeping huts and basic facilities along the way.
Bike through the entire region on the Munda Biddi Trail. You can even learn to surf on Ocean Beach with South Coast Surfing Lessons in one of the best places to learn to surf in Australia! Swim in the turquoise waters of Greens Pool, taste local honey and cheese. And, of course this is the Denmark Wine Region.
Denmark, a region of terrestrial bio diversity. This region of WA is in the top nine terrestrial habitats for terrestrial bio diversity in the world, with a higher proportion of endemic species than other equivalent regions. The wildflowers and fauna are spectacular with many unique species choosing Denmark as their home!
Thanks to the offshore Leeuwin Current the area numbers in the top six regions for marine bio diversity, containing the most southerly coral reefs in the world. Visit our Flora & Fauna of Denmark page for more.
The incredible natural beauty of the Denmark River region offers year-round delights for everyone. The paths, tracks and trails along the coast all pass by Denmark Town, creating a hub of hikers, bikers, walkers, riders and lovers of the outdoors.
The Wilson Inlet is fed from the Denmark, Hay and Sleeman Rivers and can be easily viewed less than a kilometre south of town at the Denmark rivermouth. The inlet is almost fifty square kilometres of water and is roughly 14 km long (east-west) and 4km wide (north south).
The Wilson Inlet is separated from the sea by Nullaki Peninsula, and where the peninsula and headland meet, at Ocean Beach, a sandbar separates the inlet from the ocean. Each year the sandbar is breached at Prawn Rock Channel creating a wide channel to the ocean as the Inlet discharges. The inlet is a sanctuary for Black Swans and has been for hundreds of years. Denmark, is known to the aboriginal community as 'Koorabup' actually means 'place of the Black Swan'.
The happy and peaceful locals are very welcoming of visitors creating a wonderfully friendly small-town atmosphere that will having you returning time and time again. It is one of the most historic, stylish and most naturally beautiful destinations in the world.DENMARK HISTORY
The Town was formed around 1895, when a high demand for timber from Europe and around the world and the nearby goldrush kept the sawmills in Denmark busy. Today Denmark's is a peaceful town of around 5000. The economy is sustained by a combination of tourism, dairy and cattle farming, fishing and the arts.
Denmark town centre is peaceful, with no traffic lights and a host of wonderful places to shop as well as delightfully delicious restaurants and cafes. Denmark is home to artisans, so everywhere you see evidence of their creativity dotted around!
The ambiance is relaxed and with everything is so close together it is possible to park in one spot and meander through town leisurely. The cafe's and shops are a delight to browse around.
Denmark town centre has the beautiful vibe that it does because the business owners make it so!
When visiting Denmark please buy from the local shops! Denmark's local stores offer you something different. The alluring gift shops entice you with objets d'art and the boutiques beckon you to the stylish trendy clothing and accessories.
You can find most of what you need shopping in Denmark You can buy fresh produce, including organic and spray-free food from several boutique shops in Denmark Town.DENMARK SHOPPING GUIDE
This eco-friendly tidy town is alive with culture and the arts. The diverse range of locals make this a colourful and fun place to be. There are festivals held annually including the Festival of Voiceand Brave New Works. Denmark Village Theatre stages performances and an annual pantomine. There is a vibrant music scene with many local artists.
The popular Denmark Markets, established in 1981, held several times a year during Easter, Christmas and January, bring a fabulous selection exquisite local artisans of all types and skills together in a vibrant fun filled atmosphere of music, busking, stage performances, children's activities, food and over 100 stalls offering all types of unique wares.
Music, dance, art and theatre are celebrated year round! There are many talented local artists with studios in Denmark, several have open studios at the Old Butter Factory in town. There are also many excellent alternative and complementary holistic practitioners in many modlaities, making this a great retreat for healing or recuperation.
Berridge Park is the main public park area in Denmark town centre and it is located on the river's edge. There is a children's playground, including a fenced in area for toddlers, with ample seating around.
The delightful gazebos and picnic benches give plenty of choice for alfresco dining and the huge trees offer plenty of shade during the hot summer months!
There are BBQ facilities for your use and clean toilets. Boating and water activities of all types are popular pastimes. There is a basketball court at one end and walking trails in both directions. Many mature and glorious trees shade the centre of the park and there are tables for a delightful picnic.
There is also a dock for mooring boats at the park if you're out exploring the river on your vessel.
There is a Nature Adventure Park located along the river to the north of the Denmark Road Bridge filled with wonderful natural climbing opportunities for children of all ages. It is aligned with the eco-nature of the residents of Denmark.
There are plenty of activities around town. The well established Denmark Country Club offers an 18 hole 72 par golf course and tennis courts. The Bowling Club is central to town and popular with the locals and the Recreation Centre is available for leisure pursuits as well as a gym.
There is a Dragon Boat Club and a Surf Life Saving Club in town and craft groups such as the spinners, woodturners and quilters sharing their many talents with the community.
Learn to surf and experience the thrill of the ocean. Denmark is known for its gorgeous beaches, and all throughout the Denmark Coast, the beaches are easily accessible and incredibly gorgeous.
Ocean Beach is the most popular surfing beach and the home of South Coast Surfing Lessons and Mike Neunuebel's surf instruction school. If you have been lucky enough to learn surfing from Mike then you'll know how amazing he is at what he does! Friendly, passionate, informative and fabulous with children. Mike is an accredited instructor in surfing and ocean awareness.
Above: Ocean Beach, Denmark