Denmark marks the spot where forests of towering trees give way to white sandy beaches. Take a drive or walk among ancient karri tree giants, relax by the emerald waters of William Bay, feast on local wine and gourmet produce, or fish one of the largest inlets on the south coast.
You can escape to this romantic old timber milling town within a day, taking the five hour drive south from Perth or the 45 minute drive west from Albany. If you’re taking it slow, include a stopover in Denmark as you walk one of the world’s greatest long distance trails – the Bibbulmun Track.
Guided wine and forest tours are available, or you can hit the scenic Scotsdale Tourist Drive. Along the way, get close to nature in the Harewood Forest, stop for a tasting at a cellar door, berry and herb farm, cheese or chocolate and toffee factory, and perhaps allow a little time to indulge the senses at the Sandalwood Factory.
At the coast, the picturesque Wilson Inlet beckons you to swim, fish, sail, water ski, surf or windsurf. The gentler waters of the river invite you to hire a canoe, motorboat, paddleboat or aqua bike. While Lights Beach lures you with the promise of hooking herring, salmon and bream.
Venture east and you’ll find yourself in the stunning seascapes of William Bay National Park. Here, the calm, clear shallows of Greens Pool tempt you to bathe, snorkel, dive and take a walk to the curious Elephant Rocks.
Look out for migrating whales along the coast from July to October. Or take the short drive to The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, taking you 40 metres above the forest floor for a bird’s eye view of Western Australia’s 400 year old tingle tree giants.
Back in town, there are reminders of Denmark’s humble beginnings at the historic fire station, school, hotel and the Old Butter Factory.
Sample some good old fashioned country hospitality at the region’s boutique accommodations, lounge in luxury retreats, or keep it simple with a motel, caravan park or hostel.