When it comes to things to do in Denmark, Western Australia, the choices are endless! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, or some unique adventure experiences, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful part of Western Australia. From spectacular natural wonders to one-of-a-kind activities, here is our list of the best 17 things to do in Denmark WA. So get ready to explore and discover all that this stunning coastal town has to offer!
1. Take a Refreshing Dip at the Jaw-Dropping Elephant Rocks
One of our favourite beaches, Elephant Rocks is a must visit when in Denmark, WA. The beach features stunning rock formations that resemble a herd of elephants playing in the water (hence the name Elephant Rocks). In addition to admiring the rock formations, there are plenty of other activities that can be done at Elephant Rocks. It’s an excellent spot for swimming, fishing, and even snorkelling.
A stunning natural wonder, the best way to appreciate the beauty of Elephant Rocks is to take a leisurely stroll along the beach and go for a refreshing swim in the clear, turquoise waters. The shallow, calm waters make it an ideal spot for a peaceful day by the ocean. Plus, you can get up close and personal with the incredible rock formations. It’s a great way to appreciate nature in all its glory.
2. Take on Monkey Rock and Be Rewarded with Jaw-Dropping Views
Experience the best views of Denmark atop Monkey Rock, a magnificent rock formation that provides you with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Monkey Rock can be found just outside of town, and its height gives you an unobstructed view of Denmark and its surroundings. On a clear day, you can see for miles, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding forest and coastline.
The hike up to Monkey Rock includes a bit of a scramble at the end to get to the top of the rock, but the stunning views from the top make it worth the effort. The walk to the summit is relatively short, taking about half an hour. You can then rest at the top, taking in the jaw-dropping view. Visiting Monkey Rock is a must-do when you are in Denmark. Whether you go to take in the gorgeous views or just to get some exercise and fresh air, you are sure to have a memorable experience.
Remember, safety first. Pack appropriately and if it’s windy or raining don’t do the hike, as the rocks can be slippery and dangerous in bad weather.
3. Feed and Cuddle all the Animals at the Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud
Animal lovers will be in paradise at the Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud. Who provide an opportunity to cuddle, feed and get close to a range of different animals, including alpacas, rabbits, kangaroos, chickens and sheep. Visiting the Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud is a great way to get up close to some of the most iconic animals native to Australia.
Everyday at 3pm there’s a feeding for any babies at the farm, while these vary throughout the year the Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud usually have baby goats, lambs, calves, piglets and joeys to feed.
At the time of writing this (December 2022) entry fees are $15 for adults and $8 for children (between the ages of 3 and 15). They also have a family pass that costs $50 for 2 adults and 3 children.
4. Go Sea Creature Spotting at Greens Pool
Sat directly next to Elephant Rocks is Greens Pool, which is known as a prime snorkelling spot. There are many amazing sea creatures that live in Green Pools, including an abundance of different varieties of fish and if you’re lucky you may even spot other sea creatures like sea stars and stingrays.
Also featuring stunning turquoise water and large granite boulders, the rock formations at Greens Pool protect the water from the strong waves of the Southern Ocean. Meaning clear, calm waters all year round, perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Anyone who doesn’t want to go for a swim can happily relax on the beach or on the rocks overlooking the water.
5. Be Amongst the Trees at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Be amongst the trees at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Despite being a 40 minute drive away from Denmark, this exciting adventure is one of the top things to do in Denmark as its worth the detour. The tree top walk takes you through a stunning forest of ancient tingle trees over the heights of the forest canopy. You’ll get breathtaking views of the surrounding trees and will gain a whole new appreciation for them. As you make your way through the 600-meter path, you’ll get a close look at some of the rare and ancient trees that can only be found in this part of the world.
At the time of writing this (December 2022) the admission cost is $21 for adults (16+), $10.50 for children (6-15 years) and free for children under the age of 5. They also offer a family ticket for $52.50 which includes entry for 2 adults and 2 children.
6. Indulge in Great Food and Drinks at the Denmark Good Food Factory
Having taken on a bit of a rebrand the Denmark Toffee Factory is now about more than just mouth-watering toffee. Now with Elephants Rock ciders, yummy icecream, Elephants Rock burgers, gourmet sauces, chutneys and more, the Denmark Toffee Factory has evolved into the Denmark Good Food Factory. There’s something for everyone, satisfying both the sweet and savoury lovers.
Situated on a picturesque rural property in William Bay, drop by for the day; enjoy the beautiful surroundings, grab a burger for lunch, have a cider tasting and end your visit by taking home some toffee to indulge on in the evening.
Images are taken from the Denmark Good Food Factory website.
7. Experience Globeriding at Denmark Thrills Adventure Park
Experience globeriding at the Denmark Thrills Adventure Park. Wondering what globeriding is? It’s the experience of riding down a hill in a large, inflatable globe. Fun right? Dive inside a 3 metre diameter inflatable bubble, with 40L of water, (which is cool on warm days and warm on cool days). Slip, slide and squeal with delight as you enjoy their purpose built tracks that will get your heart pumping.
Denmark Thrills Adventure Parks features 2 different tracks to roll down. The Mally Bull Bend is a short 150m track, giving ‘rollers’ a fun ride that will give you a bit of an adrenaline rush that will leave you giggling. Thrillseekers who are looking for a more full on ride can take on The Mountain Run track which is the world’s longest globe riding track at 570 metres long.
At the time of writing this (December 2022) the Mally Bull Bend track is $40pp for 1 person or $24pp for 2 people and the Mountain Run track is $70pp for 1 person or $60pp for 2 people. Take on both tracks for $100pp for 1 person or $75pp for 2 people.
8. See Where the Forest Meets the Coast at Waterfall Beach
Another popular tourist destination in Denmark, WA. Located within William Bay National Park, Waterfall beach is known for its breathtaking views and unique waterfall that tumbles onto the white sandy beach. It’s a truly magical sight to see a waterfall cascading onto the beach, especially when lit up by the sunset.
Waterfall Beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. On top of that, the surrounding landscape is filled with lush greenery and large granite rocks, providing the perfect backdrop for a peaceful afternoon, pack a picnic and spend the day.
9. Look Back on the Past at the Denmark Historical Museum
Immerse yourself into Denmark’s history at the Denmark Historical Museum. Through the efforts of the Denmark Historical society who work effortlessly to maintain Denmark’s heritage, the museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Denmark, allowing locals and visitors to experience the town’s past.
There are approximately 1000 artefacts in the Denmark Historical Society’s collection including: household items, medical equipment, cameras, maps, coins, office equipment, prison and prisoner memorabilia, sewing machines, books, toys, telephone/telegraph equipment, farming tools and machinery, timber industry equipment, musical instruments, blacksmith equipment, signs, fishing equipment and more. Majority of these items are on display in the museum.
At the time of writing this (December 2022) the Denmark Historical Museum is open to visitors during the afternoon every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, and every Thursday morning from 10am until 12pm.
10. Learn as you Walk at the Harewood Forest
Take on the 1.3km Harewood Forest walk trail that takes visitors through the stunning Karri forest. Enjoy the canopy of the karri trees that tower over you and learn as you walk with information on the flora and fauna throughout the trail. Go on the trail during Spring and you’ll be rewarded with vibrant wildflowers that bring a whole new beauty to the trail. Make sure you bring your camera as this scenic walk is definitely worth capturing!
11. Take on a Half Day Hike with the Mount Lindesay Trail
Looking to do a longer more challenging hike while in Denmark? Take on the 10km return hike to the summit of Mount Lindesay. This half day hike is a rewarding one. Reaching the summit gives you spectacular 360 degree views over the surrounding lowland scrub and off in the distance you can see the peaks of the Porongurups and Stirling Range.
This hike is also well known for it’s presence of wildflowers which can be seen all year round, visit during Spring and you’ll be blown away by the abundance of colourful wildflowers that light up the forest.
Don’t do the hike on a rainy or windy day, the granite rocks near the summit can be slippery and dangerous in bad weather.
12. Shop Local and Support the Community
No matter where you shop in Denmark, it’s easy to find something amazing with such a large range of fabulous boutique stores. By shopping local, you’ll not only get items that are unique to the region, but you’ll also be helping to support a vibrant community. Below is just a collection of some of the incredible businesses you can shop at:
- Shop surfing gear at the Big Drop Surf Shop.
- Shop a unique collection of women’s fashion and accessories at Didi’s Boutique.
- Shop clothing, shoes, electrical, homewares, kitchenwares, toys, games, bedding and more at the Denmark Department Store.
- Shop games, puzzles and quirky collectables at Tiny Treasures.
- Shop stationery, magazines, party items, books and more at Morrison’s Newsagency.
- Shop camping gear and fishing gear (including bait) at Jack F Ricketts & Co.
- Shop local fresh, prepared and packaged foods and handmade gift hampers and beauty products at Wholly Local.
- Shop ethical and sustainable women’s and men’s clothing and swimwear at The Dented Beach House.
- Shop stylish fashion and unique homewares and furniture at Sasden Fashion & Interiors.
- Shop funky fashion, art, accessories and organic skincare at Texture.
- Shop crystals, incense, divination cards, candles, music, books and other spiritual items at The Sacred Tree.
- Shop unique gifts for all occasions and all ages at Karrisma Gallery & Gifts.
- Shop plants, fruit trees, succulents, pottery, garden art and gifts at Blossoms Garden Centre and Gift Shop.
- Shop art and craft supplies at Denmark Picture Framing & Gifts.
- Shop environmental books, identification guides, postcards, photographs, maps and more from the Denmark Environment Centre Shop.
13. Have a Relaxing Afternoon Sipping on Wine
Denmark is home to some of the most stunning wineries. A visit to one of the local wineries is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Whether you are looking for a simple lunch and wine tasting or something more elaborate, you will be able to find a winery that is perfect for your needs.
After tasting some of the local wines, you can explore the grounds and take in the views. Many of the wineries feature beautiful gardens, landscapes, and vineyards that make for an idyllic setting. Below is a list of just some of the amazing wineries in Denmark:
- Singlefile Wines
- The Lake House Denmark
- Ducketts Mill Wines
- Rickety Gate Estate
- Rockcliffe Winery
- Willoughby Park
- Forest Hill Wines
- Estate 807
- Paul Nelson Wines
- Harewood Estate
A visit to one of these wineries is sure to be memorable. So don’t forget to stop by one during your next visit to Denmark!
14. Enjoy Handcrafted Beers, Local Wines or a Delicious Lunch at the Boston Brewing Co
If you’re looking for a great way to spend the day in Denmark, Western Australia, then you won’t want to miss the Boston Brewing Co. Relax with friends over a few craft beers, taste some delicious wines, or indulge in a delicious lunch. Perfect for both beer and wine lovers this brewery is well known for its beer tasting paddles and wide selection of handcrafted beers and local wines. The beer tasting paddles, which consist of four different beers, are a great way to sample the delicious offerings at Boston Brewing Co.
Boston Brewing Co also serves delicious food all day long. The menu includes small plates such as pork belly bites and warm ginger marinated chilli olives, as well as more substantial dishes like woodfired pizzas and burgers. With such a variety made from the freshest local produce, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste buds here.
15. Swim in the Calm Waters of Prawn Rock Channel
Picture perfect Prawn Rock Channel is another great spot for swimming and kayaking. Located at the far end of the Wilson Inlet the channel creates an island in the Wilson Inlet which you can cross to using the floating bridge. The water at the channel changes depending on the water flow. When water flows into the inlet from the ocean it’s a clear turquoise, blue colour and is much cooler in temperature. When the water flows out of the inlet and into the ocean the water changes colour to a deep brown and is much warmer in temperature. The brown colour is because the water is stained with tannin from surrounding gum tree leaves which fall into the rivers which lead to the inlet.
The channel also acts as a barrier to waves making it an ideal place to spend the day swimming in the beautiful waters without the crashing of waves. With calm, clear waters it’s become a tourist hot spot. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring this incredible part of the world.
16. Denmark Community Windfarm
Gaze in awe at the two huge wind turbines at the Denmark Community Windfarm. A walking and bicycle trail allows you to get close to the turbines to see them in all their glory. Visitors are amazed by the sheer size of the turbines and the stunning views they offer of the coastline. The Denmark Community Windfarm is also an important environmental and educational resource, providing an opportunity to learn more about renewable energy. Be sure to visit this incredible windfarm during your stay in Denmark!
17. Be Amazed by the Giant Tingle Tree
The Giant Tingle Tree is a must-see if you’re wondering what to do in Denmark, WA. Standing at an impressive height, this ancient tree is one of the largest of its kind and is thought to be over 400 years old!
An easy 800 metre walk from the car park, the trail winds through the ancient canopy of the huge tingle and karri trees. The site has become a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can admire the massive tree from the surrounding boardwalk (which helps protect its roots) or can stand within the hollow of the tree. It’s a great opportunity to learn about and experience the incredible tingle trees up close.
Enjoy Your Trip to Denmark, WA!
And there you have our list of things to do in Denmark, WA. With all these wonderful attractions, you’re sure to have an amazing trip, no matter how long you’re staying for. Enjoy!
If you’re interested we’ve also put together some answers for frequently asked questions about Denmark, WA below.
How Far is Denmark WA from Perth?
Denmark WA is approximately 420km from Perth, which is about a 4.5-5.5 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Denmark WA from Albany?
Denmark WA is approximately 54km from Albany, which is about a 40-50 minute drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Denmark WA from Margaret River?
Denmark WA is approximately 320km from Margaret River, which is about a 3.5-4 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
Is Denmark WA worth visiting?
Absolutely, there are so many amazing things to do in Denmark, WA. Such as having a refreshing dip in calm, turquoise water, hiking above the trees for jaw-dropping views, cuddling native animals or having a relaxing lunch over a few locally-brewed beers or wine. No matter what type of holiday you like to have you’ll love your visit to Denmark, WA.
Why is Denmark WA called Denmark?
The first European explorer to discover Denmark WA was Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson who was a surgeon. He named the town after his colleague Alexander Denmark.
What Region is Denmark WA in?
Denmark WA is in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
What Shire is Denmark WA in?
Denmark WA is in the Shire of Denmark.
What is the Population of Denmark WA?
The town of Denmark WA has a population of 2,558 (according to the 2016 Census). The entire Shire of Denmark WA has a population of 5,845 (according to the 2016 Census).