Denmark Western Australia - A Local's Tour Guide

Elephant Rocks & Elephant Cove
William Bay National Park in the Denmark Region

Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove is one of our favourite places to visit on the South Coast. As it name suggests, Elephant Rocks looks exactly like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallow waters.

Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks has it's own carpark when you get to William Bay National Park. It's below the Greens Pool carpark (down to the left at the t-junction.

Once parked, a light stroll along the pathway and you'll see the signs to Elephant Rocks (pointing left). You can see the 'elephants' from a lookout point in the trail.

Elephant Cove

For the more adventureous, descend the staircase and make your way between two towering rocks onto the beach... watch the waves though... difficult to escape a foot-wetting at high tide... These huge cracked elephant-shaped oval rocks make a stunning sight as they gaze out upon the Great Southern Ocean.

Elephant Rocks from Above

From the Greens Pool car park it is a good ten minute walk over the rises on a well-kept track to these rugged stone animals. Take the left fork on your way down to Greens Pool, and walk around the rocky headland until you merge with the Elephant Rocks path.

You can view the rocks from above and behind or follow the staircase down between the rocks to Elephant Cove, just to the east. Elephant Cove is accessed via a staircase which descends between the rocks and ends in a beachy rock-crevasse allowing you to walk between the rocks and out onto the beach.

See the video below for the lower half of the staircase walk. View a Map of William Bay National Park, or see the Satellite Map below.

Elephant Cove at Greens Pool, Denmark, WA
Elephant Rocks
Elephant Cove
Elephant Fins
The Elephants, Walking

Elephant Cove is an amazing place to visit as it is not easily accessed and many people stop at the lookout rather than venture down the stairs and onto the beach...

Elephant Rocks, Elephant Cove and Tower Hill

Special Notice:

Remember, the Great Southern Ocean coastline is prone to surges, so be extremely aware when climbing or walking close to the waterline. The beach at Elephant Cove as well as that of Greens Pool is quite protected by the lines of rocks out to sea and are a common place to swim.

Follow the track west a few hundred yards to Greens Pool. A closeup map of Greens Pool & Elephant Rocks including the carparks and paths, click here.

The rocks themselves are incredible shapes and are stained from years of standing on the beach. Stone elephants sure are patient creatures. They tower above you as you enter the Cove giving you a sense of perspective.

Elephant Cove is a nice place to explore while in Denmark. Remember, always explore with another person and always be careful near the ocean.


Map to Elephant Rocks:

From Tower Hill


The calm waters of Greens Pool are very clearly seen in this video of Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool from Tower Hill. The video starts with the backs of the elephants, and pans west (right) to Greens Pool.

Rainbow Crab, Denmark Western Australia

Elephant Cove is alive. Some creatures are built-in to their surroundings, like this amazingly coloured crab... blending almost perfectly into a water-filled crack in the rocks. Another beautiful resident of the south west coast. It's takes all types to make a place as beautiful as Denmark...

Elephant Cove Denmark Australia

Other places to see in William Bay National Park, Denmark

City of Albany Western Australia Greens Pool
Fifteen kilometers to the west of Denmark is the magical Greens Pool. Almost completely sheltered from the waves by the rounded rock boulders, Greens Pool is paradise. Visit Greens Pool.
Elephant Rocks, Denmark Western Australia Elephant Rocks & Elephant Cove
The giant elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Elephant Rocks & Elephant Cove
Tower Hill, William Bay National Park Tower Hill
Tower Hill is located a few kilometres north of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks and Cove which are at the eastern end of the William Bay National Park. Visit Tower Hill.
Mazzoletti Beach Mazzoletti Beach
Mazzoletti Beach stretches from Greens Pool in the East (by foot) to Parry Beach in the West (by car) where it crosses the Parry Inlet at Parry Beach on the far western side of the National Park. Visit Mazzoletti Beach.
Waterfall Beach Western Australia Waterfall Beach
The beach is somewhat sheltered with beautiful turquoise waters. The waterfall is on the far side of the beach, to the left from the carpark. Visit Waterfall Beach.
Madfish Bay Western Australia Madfish Bay
Just over the rise from Waterfall beach, an island rests close to the shore. The waves at this beach come from two different directions. A sand and wood staircase leads directly onto the beach. Visit Madfish Bay.
Parry Inlet, Denmark WA Parry Inlet
Parry Inlet is located at the western end of William Bay National Park just north of Parry Beach. From the lookout you can see the forested hills set against the wind blown waters. Visit Parry Inlet.
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
William Bay MAP Western Australia William Bay National Park MAP
There is a detailed, satellite map below, however Elephant Cove is on the William Bay National ParK MAP if you want to compare it with other locations.
Denmark WA Map Denmark Region Map
All the sights around Denmark including the Denmark Town, Wilson Inlet, William Bay National Park, The Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk and more... Visit Denmark Regional MAP

Important Notice:

SAFETY:
ALWAYS watch the ocean. The Southern Ocean is prone to King Waves (giant waves) ALWAYS watch children in and around the water, and keep your eye on the waterline. Look for the highest place the along the beach and rocks that are WET.  Be safe.

CLIMBING:
The rocks are steep and sheer. Be extremely careful at the top of the path above the 'elephants'.  Be extremely CAREFUL near the ocean. Never leave children unattended. Do not climb out over the rocks.

GETTING THERE:
Elephant Rocks is on the William Bay National Park Map. Off South Coast Hwy 15k West of Denmark.


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