Perched on the edge of the Southern Ocean, Denmark is fast becoming a jewel of Western Australia, acting as a more laidback alternative to the commotion of Margaret River and Dunsborough.
It is easy to figure out why many people are drawn to this bohemian town; Denmark boasts staggering coastal beauty whilst being surrounded by lush towering forests, carpets of wildflowers and vineyards producing fine wines.
There are plenty of things to do in Denmark WA, whilst still being able to enjoy the relaxed vibe of the town. Being only four and a half hours from Perth, you’ll want to add Denmark to your bucket list immediately.
From spectacular natural wonders to one-of-a-kind activities, here is our list of the best things to do in Denmark.
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Best Things To Do In Denmark WA
1. Visit some of the best wineries in WA
Whilst many people think of WA wineries they immediately think of Margaret River, Denmark is home to some of the best wineries in Western Australia and could be a perfect option if you are looking for romantic things to do in Denmark WA. You’ll be sure to feel fruity after a visit.
The cooler southern climate lends its hand to creating different flavours in comparison to those north of Australia. The wines produced in Denmark WA feature on the menus of Michelin Star restaurants and are highly rated by world-renowned sommeliers.
Spend a day sampling wine, cider, chocolate, cheese and ice cream all local to Denmark WA.
There are over 25 wineries in the region with Rockcliffe, Singlefile Wines and Harewood Estate being particularly worthy of a visit. There is a great wine tour that will take you around a selection of different wineries all in one day!
Singlefile Wines is known for its chardonnay and boasts beautiful picnic grounds, which you are welcome to bring your own food and enjoy with a glass, or two! Rockcliffe is a 5-star winery which will treat you to delicious gelato alongside your vino and Harewood Estate has some of the best Pinot Noir in WA.
If you prefer your wine paired with an abundance of decadent chocolate, add Denmark Chocolate Company to your list of things to do in Denmark.
2. Greens Pool
On the edge of William Bay National Park and only a 15-minute drive from Denmarks centre lies Greens Pool. Famous for its turquoise green waters, granite boulders and white sandy beach.
Just about entirely protected from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean by the granite boulders, Greens pool is a swimmer’s paradise and the perfect location for snorkelling.
Each summer, a swim school takes place at Greens Pool and is the perfect spot to learn open-water swimming due to the granite rocks keeping the waters of Greens Pool still throughout the year.
It is a gradual slope from the beach to the water so it remains shallow far out into the ocean, a great option if you are looking for family things to do in Denmark WA.
3. Elephant Rocks & Elephant Cove
A short 1.5km walk links Greens Pool with Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove, a scenic sheltered beach featuring a series of exposed rocks, which resemble a herd of elephants.
The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and is literally a photographer’s dream. Once you are done enjoying the view, make your way down a stairway that descends between the rocks down to Elephant Cove – you can then head to the beach from there.
Although the beach can generally be a nice place to swim, it can be prone to rips, therefore it is not recommended that children swim here and adults should swim with caution.
Much like the Greens Pool, Elephant Cove can be accessed from the main car park at William Bay National Park (left track to visit Elephant Cove, Right track to visit Greens pool)
4. Shelley Beach
Located in the wilderness of West Cape Howe National Park, Shelley Beach is the only area of this incredible coastal landscape that can be accessed by a two-wheel drive making it popular amongst beach-goers, campers, anglers and bushwalkers. During the summer months, easterly winds create optimum conditions for hand gliders.
It is also possible to camp on Shelley beach however a permit is required and you must camp in a tent. The campsite is located right behind the beach and provides very basic amenities (compost toilet) however, is a truly picturesque setting enabling you to sleep under a blanket of stars.
5. Lights Beach
Hosting three unique beaches in one location, Lights beach is one of the best things to do in Denmark if you are short on time or day trip to Denmark. Lights beach is located just east of William Bay National Park.
The eastern beach has a unique waterfall and rock pool, which is great for kids to paddle in. The central beach has large waves and it is not recommended to go swimming here however spectacular views of William Bay and the Southern Ocean can be observed.
If you are looking for dog-friendly things to do in Denmark, then Lights Beach is a must-visit as dogs are permitted to explore off-leash on the beach.
6. Valley of the Giants Tree Tops Walk
At just a 40-minute drive west of Denmark awaits a truly memorable experience, the Valley of the Giants Tree Tops Walk. World famous for the forest of ancient tingle trees, the walk enables you to take a birds-eye view of the majestic towering forest 40 metres above ground on a spectacular lightweight bridge through the forest canopy.
The walk meanders through the treetops for 600m with a gentle incline, suitable for children and wheelchairs. Afterwards, descend to the boardwalk below to explore the ancient empire walk.
7. Denmark Historical Museum
If immersing yourself in a town’s rich history is your style, definitely the most important thing to do in Denmark WA before you leave is to pay a visit to the local history museum.
The museum is housed in the old Denmark police station and displays various artefacts, photographs and tools dating as far back as 1829.
Worthy to note, the museum is open at somewhat varying times during the week. If in doubt, call ahead as they do allow viewings by appointment.
Open: Tuesday, Thursday and Sun 2 pm to 4 pm + Thursday 10 am till noon + Various other times depending on the season. Entry is free.
A great option if you are looking for things to do in Denmark when it rains is the Denmark Dinosaur World, which is home to an elite exhibition of dinosaur skeletons including the only T-Rex in Australia!
Alongside the dinosaurs, there is a great variety of birds, reptiles and a newly added kangaroo enclosure to gain some hands-on experience.
This is a great activity for kids, with the park geared up towards educating children and teaching them to appreciate and respect the natural world, love our animal friends and also love one another as human beings!
Entry costs range from $12-$45AUD, dependent on family size.
Looking for things to do with kids in Denmark WA? Denmark animal farm provides an interactive animal experience where you can pet and feed a large variety of farm animals such as alpacas, kangaroos, Scottish highland cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys and more.
There are two large paddocks where you can go into and walk amongst the animals and at 3 pm the baby animals are bottle-fed which visitors are given the opportunity to help with. As of January 2023, the website states they do not have Koalas at the park.
Your admission to the park includes a bag of feed for the animals.
Current admission prices: Adults from $15 + Children from $8
10. Wilderness Ocean Walk (WOW Trail)
The wilderness Ocean Walk is a 6.2km one-way coastal walk and bike trail that take you from Light beach to Denmark Wind Farm. The trail typically takes 3-4 hours to complete.
Considered a moderately challenging route, this trail features steep uphill areas, with some sections almost entirely uphill. Many people have recommended that the trail is best enjoyed by bike.
Though this trail is very popular it is possible to enjoy some solitude during quieter times. The trail Is also dog-friendly, with dogs being allowed off-leash in certain areas.
11. Monkey Rock
Boasting spectacular views over Wilson Inlet, Ocean Beach and Nullaki Peninsula as well as the views west over William Bay National Park, Monkey Rock is not to be missed.
A 4-kilometre return hike from the car park, the rock can be accessed from Lights Beach Road. The trail is well sign-posted with stairs appearing closer to the top. The climb is short but steep so it is important to wear proper shoes.
If you are looking to liven up your trip to Denmark WA the Thrills Adventure Park will be sure to get your heart racing. Home to the longest globe riding track in the world it is the only facility in Australia offering this incredible bucket list experience.
It is recommended to book this event prior to going, and it is by booking only in the busy months from May-September. Suitable for ages 8+.
13. Bibbulum Track
A 1,000km walking track from Perth to Albany The route takes you along the most incredible landscape Western Australia has to offer.
The track can be split into smaller sections and walked at your own place. If you have more time to spare, turn the track into an epic eight-week adventure, camping in bushland or stopping in accommodation in the picturesque towns the track passes through.
14. Peaceful Bay
A wonderful place for families to go swimming, snorkelling, kite surfing or fishing, the peaceful bay is exactly that…peaceful. With long stretches of white sand, it’s the perfect place for a dreamy walk with the family and ideal if you are looking for free things to do in Denmark WA.
Right next to Peaceful bay is the Peaceful Bay Caravan Park, which is the ideal base for your trip to Denmark WA if you enjoy beach camping with a few extra amenities.
15. Butter Factory Studios & Gallery
Set in an old butter factory in Denmark, the Butter Factory Studios & Gallery is one of the best art galleries in Denmark and well worth a visit.
Home to ten artists working on a variety of media, the gallery also hosts workshops and exhibitions by guest artists.
Favourite Places to eat in Denmark, Western Australia
Accommodation in Denmark WA
William Bay Cottages
Secluded, relaxing and truly breathtaking.
Surrounded by the forest and the sound of the kookaburras singing, relax by the open fire in the evening. William Bay Cottages feels like a world away, whilst being minutes from the centre of Denmark WA,
Where is Denmark?
Denmark is a coastal town situated on Wilson inlet in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, 423 kilometres southeast of the state capital of Perth.
Denmark has a relatively small population of 6,310 but is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, many from other parts of Australia. Conveniently situated between Albany and Walpole Denmark is a natural addition to those on a road trip from Perth to Esperance.
How to get to Denmark WA?
Driving from Perth to Denmark takes around five hours. If you are travelling from Margaret River, it is around a three-and-a-half-hour trip with no stops.
Alternatively, the Daily TransWA service from Perth City takes eight hours to reach Denmark.
When is the best time to visit Denmark?
The Autumn months of March to May are the best time to visit Denmark, as are the summer months of December to February. In autumn, Denmark beams with food festivals and temperate days ideal for sipping wine in vineyards.
As expected, the summer months in Denmark WA are often busier however provide the ideal climate for outdoor activities and the opportunity to revel in what Denmark is famous for, its pristine beaches.