The Wilson Inlet, Denmark

The Wilson Inlet is a special place.

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. Denmark Town, about a kilometre up-river along the Denmark River is on the northern side of the inlet.

The Wilson Inlet is home to many species of fish, and for those who love to fish, this is one of the best locations in Denmark. We recommend a fishing tour with John Taylor of Madfish Charters for the best fishing in town.

For walkers and bikers, the Heritage Rail Trail along the northern side of the Wilson Inlet offers incredible views of the inlet while surrouned by native forests.

Wilson Inlet facing North

Place of the Black Swan

Using the Updraft

Black Swan - Western Australia FlagKnown as Koorabup (Kwoorabup) "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 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, however (almost) every year a channel is dug to reduce the water level of the Inlet (which if left unchecked will flood roads and properties).

Opening the Wilson Inlet Channel through Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Channel Digging

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.

Prawn Rock Channel, Flood Levels

An OPEN Channel at Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Channel Open = Turquoise Waters

When the channel is open, and the tide is HIGH, the ocean is flowing INTO the inlet, turning the waters a beautiful turquoise blue. At LOW tide, the Inlet is flowing into the Ocean, and the tannin-stained waters flowing out into the ocean are brown.

Ocean Beach Channel Digging

Rising Waters

The water level can peak at any time during winter. A big deluge and it can rise quickly and needs to be released... by digging a channel through Ocean Beach.

The Prawn Rock Channel curve (with a fence) is almost underwater in this photo, as the footpath is just becoming submurged.  In mid-summer, the water is well below this high-water line.

Prawn Rock Channel, Flood Levels

Peak Water

The rivers keep on flowing, the rain keeps on coming, and the Inlet keeps on rising, and falling as channels are dug.

During an open-channel time, the ocean exchange is important to the ecosystems of the inlet. Getting fresh ocean water INTO the inlet injects new life into the Wilson.

Once in a while we get a BIG RAIN before the expected opening and things get a little... over-full. This is the carpark at the northern end of Prawn Rock Channel. As you can see, it's flooded and looks like part of the inlet!

Prawn Rock Channel, Flood Levels

Wilson Inlet Activities

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

Map of the Wilson Inlet & Surrounds

Places nearby or related guides:

Denmark Town Denmark Town
The town sits nestled among forested hillsides along the banks of the Denmark River and surrounding areas. Trendy shops, eateries. Visit Denmark Town
Wilson Inlet from Monkey Rock Western Australia The Wilson Inlet
Fed from the Denmark and Hay Rivers, less than 1km south of town. This majestic water is divided from the ocean by a sandbar much of the year. Waterbirds galore. Visit the Wilson Inlet.
Wilson Inlet from Monkey Rock Western Australia Wilson Inlet Map
Fed from the Denmark and Hay Rivers, less than 1km south of town. This majestic water is divided from the ocean by a sandbar much of the year. Waterbirds galore. Visit the Wilson Inlet Map.
Mokare Heritage Trail, Western Australia Mokare Heritage Trail
The Mokare Heritage Trail winds along the east side of the Denmark River between the Denmark Traffic Bridge (along South Coast Hwy) and the Heritate Rail Bridge @ the rivermouth. Visit the Mokare Heritage Trail
Waugal Bibbulmun Track, Denmark WA The Bibbulmun Track
Winding through the heart of Denmark, WA, the 'Waugal' is the symbol and trail marker of the Track. Visit the Bibbulmun Track
Walks in Denmark Western Australia Walks & Trails
There are walks all throughout the Denmark coast. Hike the Bibbulmun, ride the Munda Biddi, walk through the forests and rivers. Visit the Walks & Trails in Denmark WA.
Southern Forests of Denmark Western Australia Forests
From Albany, through Denmark and Walpole you will find some of the most fascinating forests in the world. Visit the Forests of the Coast
Birdlife of the Denmark Coast Birdlife
The birdlife along the Denmark Coast is as diverse as the countryside. There are several species of birds which can be found no where else on earth. Birdlife in Denmark WA


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
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 Beaches Map: Visting 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
Whale Watching, Albany, WA National Parks Map
A Map with the National Parks of the Coast listed. Change the view to see the region by satellite. Visit the National Parks Map
Accommodation Denmark Western Australia Accommodation
An inspiring selection of quality Denmark holiday accommodation type set in and around Denmark. Find your Accommodation in Denmark.
Shopping in Denmark Western Australia Shopping in Denmark
The small quaint town atmosphere coupled with the exquisite range of fabulous boutique stores will have you coming back just to shop. Go Shopping in Denmark.
Eating in Denmark Western Australia Eating in Denmark
Enjoy great value, delicious food in a variety of cafes, restaurants, bakeries, gelateries, wine bars and cellar doors in and around Denmark Town. Eat in Denmark.
Wine in Denmark Western Australia Denmark Wineries
Denmark has been a major producer of red and white cool climate wine for over thirty years. Perfect for the wine lovers out there! Visit the Denmark Wineries.
Denmark Western Australia on the South Coast of Western Australia is part of a national biosphere area and deserves our care and respect. Please try to be responsible for your environmental impact when visiting Denmark WA.

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