Magnificence in the South West of WA.
Denmark is an attractive resort town nestled on the banks of the Denmark Riverand is 18 m above sea level and about 414 km / 258 miles south east of Perth. About a 4 to 5 hour drive.
The town is also a very popular and attractive resort noted for its excellent fishing, the diversity of the landscape (tall timber country to rugged coastline ) and also noted for it's quietness because it has not been encroached on and over-developed by commercial interests.
Denmark. Where the forest meets the sea, in the heart of the Great Southern is the gateway to various tourist attractions.The Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants.
Spectacular and rugged coastlines, Magnificent Karri forests, beautiful rolling green hills and the wonderful William Bay National Park.
There are gentle and even challenging coastal and forest walks with many intimate nooks and great picnic spots. Activities including a number of world-class wineries and vineyards, art galleries, animal touch farms, horse riding, great fishing, and the best surfing can be found just up the road at Margaret River. There are also many craft shops, antique shops, restaurants and cafes where you will be able to dine in splendor.
Walpole another great spot to see is approximately 65.0 kilometres / 40 miles to the west and Albany is approximately 54.0 kilometres / 30 miles to the east.
The tranquil Denmark River near the town.
If you like to walk and enjoy nature at it's best then this South West town has much to offer, none better than the Bibbulmun Track The track actually starts at Kalamunda a few miles south of Perth, but it also runs past Denmark about a 5 hour drive from Perth, so grab a back pack, some water and spend a day trekking among the tall trees, see the birds and animals just the way nature intended while you are in Denmark. A bit of history.
Originally founded in 1895 as a small timber town, today's main local industries include tourism, horticulture, viticulture, agriculture, dairy farming and various cottage industries.
The first European to explore the district was Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson in 1829. A surgeon with the Royal Navy. Wilson decided to explore the land to the west of Albany while his ship was laid up in King George III Sound. The Wilson Inlet was named after him by Governor Stirling and Wilson named Denmark after a colleague, Dr Alexander Denmark.
The area is a popular holiday destination due to its coastal and forest location. Denmark has a year-round mild climate with an average daytime temperature in summer of 25C and 16C in winter. Average annual rainfall is 1135mm.
Denmark, Western Australia, is a great tourist destination.
When traveling in Western Australia's South West, via Denmark on the South Coast Highway through the Great Southern to the Valley Of The Giants Tree Top Walk.,
take time to relax and enjoy the many attractions and activities available to you. Accommodation and lodging options are available, including holiday units, cottages, hotels and camping sites.
Denmark really became established as a town in 1895 when the Millar brothers built a number of timber mills on the banks of the Denmark River to process the magnificent, giant karri trees which were felled inland and exported to all over the world where they were used for everything from telegraph poles, paving blocks to wharf piles .
The town grew rapidly to handle the large labour force required to run the mills which, at their peak, were employing 750 men and producing 90 000 super feet of timber a day. At that rate of consumption the timber industry was bound to be short-lived. The mills only lasted from 1895–1905.
A few mill workers (probably no more than two or three families from a population of over 2000) stayed on after the mill closed. In 1907 the Western Australian government bought out all the Millers interests in the town - the buildings, the mills and the railway. By 1911 dairying had taken over as the major industry in the area and in 1922 Denmark became part of the Group Settlement Scheme. It was far from successful with some of struggling group settlers actually marching to Albany to protest at their poor conditions.
Today the town's economy is sustained by a combination of tourism, timber, dairying, beef cattle and fishing. Tourism has become increasingly important since World War II.
During the war American soldiers stationed in Albany would often make day trips to Denmark and this encouraged the establishment of tea rooms and souvenir shops. From these humble beginningsDenmark has become one of Western Australia's premier holiday destinations.
Things to see and do in and around Denmark:
One of the town's more unusual attractions is a bandstand located on the river bank with the seating for listeners on the other side of the river.
The acoustics of the bandstand are such that the quality of sound which travels across the river is excellent.Wineries in the area.The Denmark area which, like so much of the South West, has a very real and growing reputation for it's wineries.
The two best ones are -
1) Goundrey's in the Old Butter Factory where you can indulge in a bit of wine tasting from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. On Mondays to Saturdays.
2) Tinglewood Wines in Glenrowan Road which is open seven days a week from 9.00 a.m - 5.00 p.m.Exploring the Coastline.Denmark's greatest appeal lies in it's close proximity to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Western Australia.
The easiest access points are Ocean Beach Road which runs south from the town to the mouth of Wilson Inlet, and William Bay National Park, 15 km west of Denmark, which has the delightful Green's Pool natural rock swimming pool as well as Tower Hill and the fishing spots at Madfish Bay.
One of the highlights of the coast is the remarkable waterfall at Madfish Bay which tumbles over the cliffs and down into the sea.
The coastal views here are quite remarkable and not to be missed.
Denmark offers fishermen excellent facilities and the definite possibility of good catches. On Ocean Beach (5km south of the Denmark), also Parrys Beach (21 km west of town) and William Bay (17 km west).
Fisherman can catch bay snapper, salmon, tailor, sampson fish, skippy, herring, whiting and even silver bream.Heritage Trails.The publication Heritage Trails in the Denmark District: Exploration and Settlement in the Tall Timber Country offers three trails in the area. There is
1) The Mokare Heritage Trail, a 3 km walk along both sides of the Denmark river from the main road bridge to the old railway bridge.
2) There is the Denmark Timber Heritage Trail, a 20 km drive, cycle or walk along Scotsdale Road which focuses on the timber industry which thrived in the area in the 1890s. This trail offers a fascinating insight into the establishment of the town and the way timber was extracted and processed.
3) And there is also the 9 km Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail which runs along Wilson Inlet from Ocean Beach Road to Crusoe Beach Road.
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